In 2001, Bill Gates said this: “Within five years, I predict it will be the most popular form of PC sold in America.”
Five years later, IDC said this: “Tablet PCs accounted for just 1.5% of notebook PCs sold worldwide last year.” That’s not 1.5% of all PCs sold, that’s 1.5% of notebook PCs. Even Bill Gates was wrong.
Well the name is not a surprise, and neither is the form factor, it’s a giant iPhone…
It sports a ten-hour battery life and packs a 1GHz Apple A4 chip, said by Jobs to be “screaming.” The hardware includes an accelerometer, compass, speaker, 8-02.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1– accessories include a keyboard dock that plugs at the bottom.
The 3G models will be unlocked, with AT&T offering two contract-less data plans in the U.S.–250MB at $14.99 a month or unlimited at $29.99.
All iPhone applications, such as games, will be compatible with the iPad, playable in a boxed window or full-screen through pixel-doubling. “It just works,” says Apple.