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iPhone 4 reviews



Even from the outside, you'll see that the iPhone 4 marks the biggest upgrade since the iPhone 3G (the 3GS didn't add much beyond a compass). The profile is thinner and you'll notice a new front-facing camera (more on that later). The iPhone 4 also serves as the debut device for the newly named iOS 4 operating system, which brings such much-needed features as multitasking, a unified e-mail in-box, and app folders for the home screen.




On the whole, this iPhone 4 has us more excited than we were last year when the the 3GS was born. The new features, particularly those in the new operating system, are long overdue and we welcome any efforts to improve call quality (remember that it is a phone, after all). There were a few things that we were hoping for that we didn't get--a 64GB model, among them--but we look forward to reviewing this model.
iPhone 4: Photos!


Design
The new iPhone's design is a sharp departure from the previous iPhone models. The front and back sides are glass, both surfaces are flat, and a stainless steel border circles the entire phone. Indeed, it looks very much like the photos that appeared on Gizmodo after an Apple engineer allegedly lost it in a Redwood City, Calif., bar back in April. Other new design elements include the aforementioned front-facing camera, split volume controls, a noise-cancellation microphone, and a new LED flash with the main camera lens. The iPhone 4 also switches to a Micro-SIM format, just like the iPad.

We welcome the new design elements on a couple of levels. The flat backside means that the iPhone will no longer wobble when it's resting on a table. Also, even though the overall effect is a tad boxy, the handset has a clean and unmistakeably Apple look. At 0.37 inch (9.3mm), the iPhone 4 also is 25 percent thinner than its predecessors. Jobs called it the thinnest smartphone around, but since that race changes daily, it may not hold the title for long.

We haven't had an opportunity to test noise-cancellation feature, though we expect that they can only do good. The camera flash also is a win, and we're hoping that the front-facing camera can be used for self-portraits in addition to the new FaceTime feature. The split volume buttons are fine, even though we never had a problem with the previous control.

That said, we have a couple of concerns with the new design. It's clear that Apple is pushing the Micro-SIM format, though we're not exactly sure why. On a superficial level, it saves plastic, but a Micro-SIM doesn't offer any functional benefits over the standard SIM. Is Apple starting a new format war or is this merely a barrier (albeit, not a very high one) to iPhone jailbreakers? We'll have to wait and see the answer, but in the meantime we hope that you'll be able to use the same Micro-SIM between on an iPhone 4 and an iPad 3G.

We also have a small concern about all that glass. It is shiny and beautiful, but the glass attracts smudges by the ton and durability remains a concern. Jobs said that glass better resists scratches, but we hope that the iPhone 4 will take a few drops to the floor without cracking. On the upside, it feels solid in the hand.

Antenna
The stainless steel border is more than just decorative; it doubles as a new antenna that circles the entire phone. Though Jobs did not promise that it would improve call quality or Wi-Fi reception, its very mention is an indirect admission (and the first that we've seen by Apple) that data and voice reception has been troublesome and needs to be addressed. Though current iPhone users largely blame AT&T for connectivity problems, remember that both a carrier's network and a phone's antenna play a part in reception.

Whatever the reason for its development, the redesigned antenna should be good news for iPhone users. And if it improves call quality while looking good at the same time, that's even better. We'll have to wait and see.

Display
Apple has a unique talent for making us want something we never knew we wanted. The iPhone 4 features a 940x640-pixel (or 300 326 pixels per square inch) "Retina Display," which is four times the resolution of previous iPhone models. What's more, it uses the same IPS display that's found on the iPad with an 800:1 contrast ratio. Though we've always thought highly of the current iPhone displays, Apple rarely rests on its laurels. Also, the company needs to compete with the gorgeous AMOLED screens and TFT displays we've seen on many Android phones like the HTC Evo 4G.

In our brief hands-on, the display is clearer than crystal clear (Brian Tong's words). Since it renders all text the same, we had no problems reading a variety of Web pages. Photos looked especially lovely, particularly when you compare the same image between an iPhone 4G and an iPhone 3GS. We're not inclined to believe all of Apple's claims about the display's capabilities, but there's no denying that it looks good.

Processor and battery life
Just as we thought, the iPhone 4 will feature the same A4 chip that's found in the iPad. The result is a faster processor (always nice), plus improved battery life (even better) given the A4's efficient power management. Add in a bigger battery and we get a promise of 7 hours of talk time now, 6 hours of 3G browsing, 10 hours of Wi-Fi browsing, and 300 hours of standby. Bravo on all counts if those times hold up.

Camera changes
The iPhone's camera has always been decent, but it's lacked features found on many basic phones. That's why we applaud the 5-megapixel resolution, the new LED flash, and the 5x digital zoom. The iPhone 4 also has a new back-side illuminated sensor, which requires a more-detailed explanation. Check out my colleague Stephen Shankland's blog for a detailed look at the technology.

Though the new handset isn't called the "iPhone HD" (one of its rumored names), it records 720p high-definition video at a constant 30 frames per second. The demo looks great, even if the iPhone isn't the first cell phone to offer this capability. We can't wait to try it.

iOS 4
As mentioned, the iPhone 4 has all the goodies that come with the latest iPhone operating system that Apple announced last April. Multitasking, the unified in-box and the home screen folders are most welcome, though it's worth pointing out that competing smartphones have long had these features. Jobs said that the OS will now be called iOS 4 rather than iPhone OS 4. That's a nod to the fact that the OS runs on both the iPhone and the iPad.

Gyroscope
The iPhone 3Gs gave us a compass, but the iPhone 4 raises the bar by offering a three-axis gyroscope. Like on an airplane, you'll get pitch, roll, and yaw, and it's tied with the accelerometer to provide six-axis motion sensing. Though by all means it will be useful to app and game developers, it also just looks like a lot of fun.

FaceTime
Jobs' "One more thing" concerned FaceTime, a new video-calling feature that will be exclusive to the iPhone 4. You'll be able to use FaceTime in both portrait and landscape modes, and it uses both the front and rear cameras. We also like that it requires no setup, it's based on open standards, and that you won't have to download an additional app. As Jobs said, it uses software that you won't even notice. The demo looked great in all respects.

For 2010, FaceTime will work only on Wi-Fi, but we don't think that's a bad thing. Video chat uses a ton of data so we're sure the experience would be better on Wi-Fi than on AT&T's strained network. Jobs said Apple is working with iPhone carriers to carry the feature (cue speculation on possible new carriers), but he didn't offer other details. Jobs also promised that Apple would ship "tens of millions of FaceTime devices this year," which leads us to wonder whether we'll see the feature on non-iPhone devices in the future. But then again, maybe we're just reading into things too much.

Honestly, it's not a feature that we were burning for, and we wonder if video chat will ever catch on as a mobile service. Video chat technology has been around since 2004 when AT&T Wireless (remember that?) first debuted a very limited service on the brick-sized Motorola A845. The phone didn't last long, though AT&T now offers Video Share on a limited number of phones. Like its predecessor, however, Video Share isn't available everywhere, AT&T doesn't really push it, and the quality won't blow you away.

Yet, Apple has another talent for repackaging existing features and attracting wide consumer interest. Outside of other VoIP services like the Skype app, carriers have been unsuccessful at making video-calling services popular and useful. FaceTime will have some competition from similar services on rival phones like Sprint's Evo 4G, but from what we've seen so far we can expect great quality.

iMovie and iBooks
iMovie brings movie-editing capabilities to the iPhone. You'll pay $4.99 for the app, but it's a nice touch. iBooks also adds some nifty new features. You can make notes on pages of books, view PDF files, and sync purchases between your iPhone and iPad.

That's it for the highlights. We'll have a full review of the iPhone on or around the June 24 release date. That's a Thursday, by the way, which is a break from Apple's usual Friday iPhone release day. Until then, tell us what you think of Apple's newest baby.

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Apa itu iPad ???

iPad adalah sebuah produk komputer tablet buatan Apple Inc. (AI). iPad memiliki bentuk tampilan yang hampir serupa dengan iPod Touch dan iPhone, hanya saja ukurannya lebih besar dibandingkan kedua produk tersebut dan memiliki fungsi-fungsi tambahan seperti yang ada pada sistem operasi Mac OS X.

Sejarah


iPad diperkenalkan pertama kali oleh Steve Jobs, CEO (yang merupakan singkatan dari Chief Executive Officer) dari Apple Inc. dalam Apple Special Event yang bertempat di Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Fransisco, Amerika Serikat, pada tanggal 27 Januari 2010. Produk ini dirancang sebagai sebuah perangkat digital yang berada di antara telepon pintar (smartphone) dan komputer jinjing (laptop). Apple Inc. berencana akan mulai memasarkan iPad di Amerika Serikat (AS) mulai 3 april 2010, dengan kisaran harga mulai dari 499 Dolar Amerika Serikat (USD) hingga 829 USD. Namun warga AS sudah dapat memesan produk ini mulai tanggal 12 Maret 2010 melalui Apple Online Store.

Spesifikasi

Apple sejauh ini sudah mengumumkan dua jenis model iPad. Model Wi-Fi dengan Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n dengan berat 680 gram yang akan dipasarkan 3 April 2010 dan model Wi-Fi + 3G yang memungkinkan pengguna untuk menggunakan jaringan HSDPA dengan berat 730 gram, yang akan dipasarkan pada akhir April 2010. Produk ini memiliki desain layar multi-sentuh 9.56x7.47 inci dengan lebar layar 9.7 inci atau sekitar 25 sentimeter (cm), yang dilengkapi LED backlight dengan teknologi IPS (singkatan dari In-Plane Switching), resolusi 1024x768 piksel, kapasitas memori flash drive mulai dari kisaran 16 gigabita (Gb) hingga 64 Gb, prosesor 1 gigahertz (GHz) Apple A4, baterai lithium-polymer yang dapat bertahan hingga 10 jam pemakaian, mendukung pemutaran audio dengan format AAC, MP3, VBR, audible, apple lossless, AIFF dan WAV serta mendukung format video H.264 hingga 720p, .m4v, .mp4, .mov, dan MPEG-4. Selain itu juga terdapat Bluetooth 2.1, kompas digital, GPS, Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), dock connector, built-in speaker, mikrofon, 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack dan menggunakan sistem operasi yang sama dengan sistem operasi iPhone.

Aplikasi

Di dalam iPad, selain fitur umum seperti home screen, contact (kontak), kalender dan catatan terdapat juga sejumlah aplikasi-aplikasi seperti:
1. Safari: merupakan penjelajah web yang dapat digunakan untuk mengakses berbagai situs internet, seperti Google, Yahoo, Myspace, Flickr, Apple atau situs jejaring sosial seperti Friendster, Twitter, Facebook dan Plurk.
2. Mail: merupakan aplikasi yang memungkinkan pengguna untuk melihat surat elektronik (email) dan fitur ini dapat bekerja dengan hampir semua provider terkemuka seperti Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, atau Windows Live Hotmail.
3. iTunes: merupakan aplikasi yang dapat digunakan untuk menjelajah dan mengunduh musik, tayangan televisi, video maupun podcasts melalui iTunes Store. Aplikasi iTunes yang ada di dalam iPad dapat disinkronisasikan dengan iTunes yang ada pada MacBook ataupun komputer yang dimiliki pengguna.
4. iPod: merupakan aplikasi yang mampu mengorganisasi dan memutar musik, sama seperti yang terdapat pada produk Apple yang lain seperti iPod ataupun iPhone.
5. Photo: sebuah aplikasi yang dapat digunakan untuk menyimpan, mengorganisasi dan melihat foto. Pengguna tidak hanya bisa melihat foto berdasarkan tanggal dan acaranya, tetapi juga berdasarkan wajah ataupun tempat dimana foto tersebut diambil. Pengguna juga dapat mengsinkronisasikan foto ke dalam iPad dari Mac atau komputer melalui iTunes ataupun memindahkan foto dari kamera digital ke iPad melalui iPad camera connection kit.
6. Video: aplikasi yang digunakan untuk menonton berbagai jenis video, mulai dari film dengan kualitas High Definition (HD), podcast, acara TV sampai musik video dimana saja walau pengguna sedang berada di dalam pesawat sekalipun.
7. App Store: digunakan untuk mengunduh aplikasi yang jumlahnya mencapai hampir 150.000. App Store menyediakan aplikasi untuk produk-produk buatan Apple dengan beragam kategori, mulai dari permainan, gaya hidup, pendidikan dan lain sebagainya. Aplikasi yang terdapat di dalam App Store dapat diunduh secara gratis oleh pengguna namun ada juga yang dikenakan sejumlah biaya.
8. Youtube: aplikasi ini dapat digunakan untuk memudahkan pengguna melihat berbagai macam jenis video yang ada dalam Youtube tanpa perlu mengakses situsnya.
9. iBooks: sebuah aplikasi yang digunakan tidak hanya untuk membaca saja, tetapi juga menjelajah dan membeli buku-buku berformat digital (e-books) dari iBookstore. Aplikasi ini dapat diunduh di App Store secara gratis, namun sayangnya aplikasi ini baru tersedia di AS saja.
10. iWork: aplikasi yang juga terdapat pada Mac, yang terdiri dari Keynote, Pages dan Numbers. Aplikasi ini dapat membantu pengguna membuat presentasi, dokumen, maupun spreadsheet.
11. Maps: aplikasi yang dapat digunakan untuk melihat peta dari atas dengan resolusi tinggi melalui pencitraan satelit. Selain melihat peta, pengguna juga bisa mencari lokasi tempat atau rute dari satu tempat ke tempat lain.

Aksesori Tambahan

Apple juga menyediakan berbagai macam aksesori tambahan yang dapat dibeli secara terpisah oleh pengguna untuk melengkapi Ipad. Aksesori tambahan untuk iPad tersedia mulai dari keyboard dock, iPad case, iPad camera connection kit, iPad dock, iPad 10W USB power adapter, iPad dock connector to VGA adapter, Apple wireless keyboard, headphone, earphone hingga composite dan component AV cable.

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what is iPad ???



The iPad is a tablet computer designed and developed by Apple. It is particularly marketed for consumption of media such as books and periodicals, movies, music, and games, and for general web and e-mail access. Its size and weight are intermediate between most contemporary smartphones and laptop computers. Since its release in April 2010, Apple has sold 2 million iPads.
The iPad runs the same operating system as the previously introduced iPod Touch and iPhone (initially iPhone OS 3.2, with an update to iOS 4 announced for Fall 2010). Likewise, it is controlled by a multitouch display sensitive to fingertip contact, instead of a pressure-triggered stylus as used with most earlier computers of this form. It runs iPad-specific applications as well as those written for the iPhone and iPod Touch, including e-book readers.


The iPad uses Wi-Fi or a 3G mobile data connection to browse the Internet, load and stream media, and install software. A USB cable is required to sync the iPad with iTunes on a personal computer, by which the device is managed. Media reaction to the device has generally been neutral or positive.



Hardware


Screen and input

The iPad's touchscreen display is a 25 cm (9.7 in) liquid crystal display (1024 × 768 pixels) with fingerprint–resistant and scratch-resistant glass. Like the iPhone, the iPad is designed to be controlled by bare fingers; normal gloves and styli that prevent electrical conductivity may not be used, although there are special gloves and styli designed for this use.
The display responds to two other sensors: an ambient light sensor to adjust screen brightness and a 3-axis accelerometer to sense iPad orientation and switch between portrait and landscape modes. Unlike the iPhone and iPod touch built-in applications, which work in three orientations (portrait, landscape-left and landscape-right), the iPad built-in applications support screen rotation in all four orientations (the three aforementioned ones along with upside-down), meaning that the device has no intrinsic "native" orientation; only the position of the home button changes.
The iPad has a switch to lock out this screen rotation function (reportedly to prevent unintended rotation when the user is lying down).There are a total of four physical switches, including a home button below the display that returns the user to the main menu, and three plastic physical switches on the sides: wake/sleep and volume up/down, along with the screen rotation lock.


Connectivity

Steve Jobs, Apple CEO, introducing the iPad
The iPad can use Wi-Fi network trilateration from Skyhook Wireless to provide location information to applications such as Google Maps. The3G model contains A-GPS to allow its position to be calculated with GPS or its position relative to nearby cellphone towers; both models have a digital compass. To improve 3G radio sensitivity the back of the Wi-Fi and 3G model has a black plastic accent on top. In contrast the back of the Wi-Fi model iPad is only contoured aluminum with black plastic buttons. The iPad only has a dock connector for wired connectivity and has no ethernet networking or USB ports.


Audio and output

Back of the iPad Wi-Fi
Dual speakers housed inside the iPad provide mono sound via two small sealed channels in the interior speaker assembly. These direct the sound outwards toward the three audio ports carved into the bottom-right of the unit. The microphone is within the device. A volume switch is on the right side of the unit, and a 3.5 mm TRS connector audio-out jack provides stereo sound for headphones on the top-left corner of the device. The iPad supports normal headphones and models with microphones, volume controls, or both. Microphones can be used for voice recording.
The built-in Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR interface allows wireless headphones and keyboards to be used with the iPad. However, the iOS does not currently support thefile transfer via Bluetooth. The iPad also has video output so that it can use an external display or television. This is over a VGA connection at a resolution of 1024 x 768.[40]

[edit]Power and battery

iPad in the iPad Keyboard Dock
The iPad uses an internal rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery. The batteries are made in Taiwan by Simplo Technology, which makes 60% of them, and Dynapack International Technology. The iPad is designed to be charged with a high current (2 amperes) using the included USB 10 W power adapter. While it can be charged by a standard USB port from a computer, these typically provide lower current (500 milliamperes or 1 ampere). As a result, if the iPad is turned on while being charged with a normal USB computer port, it will charge much more slowly, if at all.
Apple claims that the iPad's battery can provide up to 10 hours of video, 140 hours of audio playback, or one month on standby. The battery loses capacity over time and is not designed to be user-replaceable. As in the battery-replacement program for iPod and the original iPhone, Apple will replace an iPad that does not hold an electrical charge with a refurbished iPad for a fee of US$99.


Storage and SIM

The iPad was released with three options for internal storage size: a 16, 32, or 64 GB flash drive. All data are stored on the flash drive and there is no option to expand storage. Apple sells a camera connection kit with an SD card reader, but it can only be used to transfer photos and videos.
The side of the Wi-Fi + 3G model has a micro-SIM slot (not mini-SIM). Unlike the iPhone, which is usually sold locked to specific carriers, the3G iPad is sold unlocked and can be used with any compatible GSM carrier. In the U.S., data network access via T-Mobile's network is limited to slower EDGE cellular speeds because T-Mobile's 3G Network uses different frequencies.


Optional accessories

Apple offers several iPad accessories, including:
  • iPad Keyboard Dock with hardware keyboard, 30-pin connector, and audio jack
  • iPad Case which can be used to stand the iPad in various positions
  • iPad Dock with 30-pin connector and audio jack
  • iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter for external monitor or projector
  • iPad Camera Connection Kit including a USB Type A connector adapter and an SD card reader, for transferring photos and videos
  • iPad 10W USB Power Adapter with 2 A output (10 W)


Manufacture

The iPad is assembled by Foxconn, which also manufactures Apple's iPod, iPhone and Mac Mini, in its largest plant in ShenzhenChina.
iSuppli estimated that each iPad 16 GB Wi-Fi version costs Apple US$259.60 to manufacture, a total that excludes research, development, licensing and patent costs. Apple does not disclose the makers of iPad components, but teardown reports and analysis from industry insiders indicate that various parts and their suppliers include:
  • Apple A4 SoC: Samsung
  • NAND flash RAM chips: Toshiba for all models except the 64 GB iPad, whose memory was made by Samsung[53][54]
  • Touch-screen chips: Broadcom
  • Touch panels: Wintek, after TPK Touch Solutions was unable to fulfill its orders, delaying the iPad's release from late March to early April.
  • Case: Catcher Technologies
  • LCD drivers: Novatek Microelectronics
  • Batteries: made in Taiwan by Simplo Technology, which makes 60% of them, and Dynapack International Technology makes the other 40%.
  • accelerometer: by STMicroelectronics 


Software

Like the iPhone, with which it shares a development environment (iPhone SDK, or software development kit, version 3.2 onwards), the iPad only runs its own software, software downloaded from Apple's App Store, and software written by developers who have paid for a developer's license on registered devices. The iPad runs almost all third-party iPhone applications, displaying them at iPhone size or enlarging them to fill the iPad's screen. Developers may also create or modify apps to take advantage of the iPad's features.Application developers use iPhone SDK for developing applications for iPad. The iPad ships with an improved version of iPhone OS v3.2, and is to get iOS 4 by fall 2010.


Applications

The iPad comes with several applications, including Safari, Mail, Photos, Video, YouTube, iPod, iTunesApp Store, iBooks, Maps, Notes, Calendar, Contacts, and Spotlight Search. Several are improved versions of applications developed for the iPhone.
The iPad syncs with iTunes on a Mac or Windows PC. Apple ported its iWork suite from the Mac to the iPad, deleting several features in the process, and sells the PagesNumbers, and Keynote apps in the App Store. Although the iPad is not designed to replace a mobile phone, a user can pair it with a Bluetooth headset and place phone calls over Wi-Fi or 3G using a VoIP application.


Digital rights management

The iPads design imposes strict restrictions in its usage namely DRM intended to lock purchased video content to Apple's platform, the development model requiring a non-disclosure agreement and paid subscription to develop for the iPad, and the centralized approval process for apps as well as Apple's general control and lockdown of the platform itself, and that such centralized control could stifle software innovation. Of particular concern is the ability for Apple to remotely disable or delete apps, media, or data on the iPad at will.
Digital rights advocates, including the Free Software FoundationElectronic Frontier Foundation, and computer engineer and activist Brewster Kahle, have criticized the iPad for its digital rights restrictions. Paul Sweeting, an analyst with GigaOM, is quoted by National Public Radio saying, "With the iPad, you have the anti-Internet in your hands. [...] It offers [the major media companies] the opportunity to essentially re-create the old business model, wherein they are pushing content to you on their terms rather than you going out and finding content, or a search engine discovering content for you." But Sweeting also thinks Apple's limitations make its products feel like living in a safe neighborhood, saying, "Apple is offering you a gated community where there's a guard at the gate, and there's probably maid service, too." Laura Sydell, the article's author, concludes, "As more consumers have fears about security on the Internet, viruses and malware, they may be happy to opt for Apple's gated community."


Jailbreaking

Like other iOS Devices, the iPad can be "jailbroken", allowing code that is not authorized by Apple to be able to run on the device. Once jailbroken, iPad users are able to download many applications previously unavailable through the App Store via unofficial installers such as Cydia, as well as illegally pirated apps. Jailbreaking voids Apple's warranty on the device.


Book and magazine content

Reading a book on the iPad
The iPad has an optional iBooks application that can be downloaded from the App Store, which displays books and other ePub-format content downloaded from the iBookstore. For the iPad launch on April 3, 2010, the iBookstore is available only in the United States. Several major book publishers including Penguin Books, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster and Macmillan have committed to publishing books for the iPad.
In February 2010, Condé Nast Publications said they would sell iPad subscriptions for their GQVanity Fair and Wired magazines by June. In April 2010, The New York Times announced it will begin publishing daily on the iPad.


Censorship

Apple's App Store, which provides iPhone and iPad applications, imposes censorship of content, which has become an issue for book publishers and magazines seeking to use the platform. The Guardian described the role of Apple as analogous to that of the distributor WH Smith, a main distributor which for many years imposed content restrictions on British publishers.


Reception


Reaction to the announcement

Media reaction to the iPad announcement was mixed. Walt Mossberg wrote, "It's about the software, stupid", meaning hardware features and build are less important to the iPad's success than software and user interface, his first impressions of which were largely positive. Mossberg also called the price "modest" for a device of its capabilities, and praised the ten-hour battery life. Others, including PC Advisor and The Sydney Morning Herald, wrote that the iPad would also compete with proliferating netbooks, most of which use Microsoft Windows. The base model's $499 price was lower than pre-release estimates by the tech press, Wall Street analysts, and Apple's competitors, all of whom were expecting a much higher entry price point.
Yair Reiner said the iPad will compete against e-book devices such as the Barnes & Noble nook and the Amazon Kindle while offering 70 percent of revenue to publishers, the same arrangement afforded developers on the Apple App Store.[84] Notably, a week before the iPad's expected release, the Amazon Kindle store increased publishers' revenue share to 70 percent as well.
Several days after the unveiling, Stephen Fry said people must use the iPad to truly appreciate its purpose and quality and commented that common criticisms of the device fall away after use. Fry noted the iPad's speed and responsiveness, the intuitive interface and the richness and detail of the display. Along with Steve Jobs' statements in the announcement members of the media also said that it established a new class of devices between smartphones and laptops.
Forrester Research has argued that the iPad should be considered a form of personal computer in spite of Apple's restrictions on creating and editing files with the iPad.


Omitted features

CNET and Gizmodo listed features that are missing from the iPad that they believe customers expect, including a camera for video chat, Adobe Flash support, a longer and narrower "widescreen" aspect ratio suitable for watching widescreen movies, and the ability to multitask (run more than one application at once), a USB port, HDMI output, and a more flexible wired-data port than the iPod dock connector. According to Apple's iOS 4 unveiling and demonstration on April 8, 2010, as well as the Keynote presentation available on their website, multitasking will be available to all iPad users with a software update in the fall of 2010. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Gizmodo noted that the iPad will only officially support installing software from the App Store. CNET also criticised the iPad for its apparent lack of wireless sync which other portable devices such as Microsoft's Zune have had for a number of years. The built-in iTunes app should be able to download from the Internet as well.
CNN and Wired News defended Apple's omission of a number of features, including support for Adobe Flash, noting that YouTube and Vimeo have switched to H.264 for video streaming. They also said that "[multitasking] will not matter at all to the target user", as its absence is responsible for "a large part of [the iPad's] ten-hour battery life." Multitasking will be added in the next iPad software update. Of the aspect ratio: "16:9 ratio in [portrait mode] would look oddly tall and skinny ... [4:3 is] a compromise, and a good one." Of the lack of a USB port: "The iPad is meant to be an easy-to-use appliance, not an all-purpose computer. A USB port would mean installing drivers for printers, scanners and anything else you might hook up."


Product name

Like the iPhone, the iPad shares its name with existing products. The most publicized is the Fujitsu iPAD, a mobile multi-functional device sold to retailers to help clerks verify prices, check inventory, and close sales. The Japanese company Fujitsu introduced the iPAD in 2002, and the following year applied for the trademark, but the firm found the mark was already owned by Mag-Tek. Fujitsu's trademark application was listed as "abandoned" in April 2009, and the ownership of the mark is unclear. Fujitsu consulted attorneys over what, if any, action it might take. On March 17, 2010 the Fujitsu iPAD U.S. trademark was transferred to Apple.
In the first days after the iPad's announcement, some media and many online commenters criticized the name "iPad", noting its similarity to "pad", the common name for a sanitary napkin. Shortly after the launch announcement, the hashtag "iTampon" became the number-two trending topic on the social networking site Twitter.


Reviews

The initial reaction to the iPad's announcement was mixed, but upon its actual release reviewers who spent more time with the device delivered generally favorable reviews. Walt Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal called it a "pretty close" laptop killer. David Pogue of The New York Times wrote a "dual" review, one part for technology-minded people, and the other part for non-technology-minded people. In the former section, he notes that a laptop offers more features for a cheaper price than the iPad. In his review for the latter audience, however, he claims that if his readers like the concept of the device and can understand what its intended uses are, then they will enjoy using the device. Ed Baig of USA Todaybluntly states that the iPad "is a winner". Andy Ihnatko of the Chicago Sun-Times calls the iPad "one of the best computers ever". PC Magazine's Tim Gideon wrote, "you have yourself a winner" that "will undoubtedly be a driving force in shaping the emerging tablet landscape." Michael Arrington of TechCrunch said, "the iPad beats even my most optimistic expectations. This is a new category of device. But it also will replace laptops for many people."
PC World criticized the iPad's slim file-sharing and printing abilities, and Ars Technica said sharing files with a computer is "without a doubt one of our least favorite parts of the iPad experience."


Reaction to the international launch

On May 28, 2010 the iPad was released in Australia, Canada, Japan as well as several larger European countries. Media reaction to the launch was mixed. The media noted the positive response from fans for the device with thousands of people queued on the first day of sale in a number of these countries. The media also praised the quantity of applications, as well as the bookstore and other media applications. In constrast they criticized the iPad for being a closed system and mentioned that the iPad faces competition from Androidbased tablets. With regards to its books application The Independent criticised the iPad for not being as readable in bright light as paper. However they also praised the device for being able to store a large number of different books.

Spesification :


DeveloperApple Inc.
ManufacturerFoxconn (on contract)[1]
TypeTablet media player/PC
Release dateWi-Fi model (U.S.):April 3, 2010[2][3]
Wi-Fi + 3G Model (U.S.):April 30, 2010[4][5]
Both Models (Nine more countries): May 28, 2010[6]
Units sold2 million (as of June 1, 2010)[7]
Operating systemApple iPhone OS 3.2 (build 7B367)[8]
Released April 3, 2010; 2 months ago
PowerInternal rechargeable non-removable 25 W·h (90 kJ) lithium-polymer battery[9]
CPU1 GHz Apple A4[9][10]
PowerVR SGX 535 GPU[11]
Storage capacityFlash memory
16GB, 32GB, or 64GB models only[9]
Memory256 MB DRAM built into Apple A4 package (top package of PoPcontains two 128 MB dies)[12]
Display1024 × 768 px (aspect ratio 4:3), 9.7 in (25 cm) diagonal, appr. 45 in2 (290 cm2), 132 PPIXGALED-backlit IPS LCD[9]
InputMulti-touch touch screenheadset controls, proximity and ambient light sensors, 3-axisaccelerometermagnetometer
CameraNone
ConnectivityWi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1+EDRUSB 2.0/Dock connector
Wi-Fi + 3G model also includes:A-GPSmicro-SIM slot, Quad-bandGSM 850 900 1800 1900 MHzGPRS/EDGETri-band UMTS 850 1900 2100 MHz HSDPA
Online servicesiTunes StoreApp StoreMobileMe,iBookstore
Dimensions242.8 mm (9.56 in) (h)
189.7 mm (7.47 in) (w)
13.4 mm (0.53 in) (d)
WeightWi-Fi model: 680 g (1.5 lb)
Wi-Fi + 3G model: 730 g (1.6 lb)[9]


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