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More on the new iPad

The new Apple iPad
The new Apple iPad
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Even though the iPad has been revealed to the world for less than a week, a great deal of additional comment has had a chance to be written after the musings of the day of the release itself. What those musings provide us with is a much more complete picture of what the iPad (or its various versions) will be and will do.

The International Business Times has an excellent article laying out all the specifications of the iPad. Perhaps most surprising is the price of the iPad. Contrary to initial thoughts, the price will start at $499 and go up to $829 (originally the consensus was that the price range would be $700 to $1,000). The lower price is nice. For these hard earned dollars, six versions are available. The six versions differ in the amount of memory (16, 32 or 64 GB) and whether it can connect only through wi-fi or through 3G networks instead. The cost of the 3G network (which will be offered through AT & T, at least initially) is between $15 and $30 per month.

Some are voicing concerns about certain aspects of the iPad. For example, there seems to be some question about whether or not the iPad supports Adobe Flash . If it does not, that is clearly a major issue for a tool designed to browse the web better than a netbook or a smart phone.

On a more positive note, it sounds as if Apple has decided to enable both the iPhone and the iPad for internet telephony (or VOIP). The linked article describes a number of issues that might have led to this greater openness, but however it came about, it is welcome.

So, what does this all mean for the iPad, which will not become available until late March or April depending on whether you want the wi-fi or 3G version? Well, it looks like there are a few bumps on the road, but not too many, so it seems likely that Apple has got another winner. Whether it achieves the sort of market changing status that the iPod and the iPhone have seems unlikely at this time - we shall see.