Apple iPad unveiled
After months of rumors and speculation about a slate-like device, Apple CEO Steve Jobs took the stage to unveil to the iPad --a tablet computer that looks like a . It sports a 9.7-inch LCD touch-screen display, which makes use of the same multitouch technology found on the iPhone, Apple's Magic Mouse, and its notebook trackpads.
Twitter reaction to the announcement was generally positive. Some seemed optimistic about the pricing, but many other tweets were disappointed by the features not included: no Flash, no camera, no multitasking. But beyond all technological complaints, people on Twitter seemed to really be dissatisfied with the device's name. Women were especially vocal about the fact that "iPad" sounds like, well, a feminine hygiene product.
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While it's still too soon to tell if it can live up to the insane amount of hype that preceded its introduction, the
iPad is, more than any other product the company has made, the quintessential Apple device. With the iPad, Apple has a device that rounds out the company's product line and also moves the company forward toward being the spoke in the wheel that is the world of media and technology. Making something that fits between a smartphone and a laptop has been a goal for the consumer technology industry for more than a decade.
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