An hour ago Apple released "speed bumps" versions of the iMac and Mac Pro, a new accessory Apple calls "Magic Trackpad", but the most important change is what Apple HK store online did. The highly sort after iPad are now available for purchase. Since Apple is currently listing 7 - 10 business days for delivery. So if anyone recently; the past 3 days, place their names on wait lists at Apple authorized resellers in Hong Kong, and if you had placed deposit. I suggest you get your deposit back and place your order through Apple HK store online.

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Apple finally announced an official release date for the original nine named countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK, to receive the iPad. Residences of these countries will be able to buy the iPad from Apple Stores and authorized resellers on May 28. Apple will begin pre-orders for these countries on May 10 (respective local time). At the time of writing, official pricing for each of these countries are yet to be announced. The most exciting part of this press release for myself and fellow Hong Kong residences, is that Apple will added nine additional countries to receive the iPad in July 2010. They are: Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore. The exact availability date and pricing will also be announced by Apple at a late date.

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Apple has announced the ship date to be April 3, 2010 for iPad in the USA, and begins to take pre-orders on March 12, 2010.

According to Apple's January 28th announcement, they will released the iPad in stages. The WiFi only versions are expected to release 60 days from the announcement date (approx. March 30th), then the versions with WiFi+3G was to come 30 days (approx. April 29th) after that.

So based on the above understanding the April 3rd ship date should be for the WiFi only versions, and the versions with WiFi+3G are expected 30 days after that; some time beginning of May (approx. May 4th), just in time for Easter.

Interestingly the Apple HK web site still shows the WiFi versions are expected to ship "some time in late March" and the 3G versions in April. Did Apple change its iPad worldwide released strategy? Is Apple shipping both WiFi only and WiFi+3G versions in the US on April 3rd?

I guess we will have to wait until March 12th to find out.

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This morning (10:00 US PST) Steve Jobs introduced the Apple iPad to the highly anticipated crowd at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center. The specifications on the device are:

  • Display: 9.56 inches (242.8 mm) IPS display
  • Width: 7.47 inches (189.7 mm)
  • Depth: 0.5 inches
  • Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • 16, 32, or 64 GB solid state hard drives
  • Processor: 1 GHz Apple A4 chip
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11n
  • Battery: 10 hours, over 1 month standby
  • Other features: Speaker, Microphone, 30-pin connector, Accelerometer and compass

WiFi version:

  • Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n)

WiFi + 3G version:

  • Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n)
  • UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900,1800, 1900 MHz)
Price/Models 16GB 32GB 64GB
WiFi USD499.00 USD599.00 USD699.00
WiFi + 3G USD629.00 USD729.00 USD829.00

The versions with the WiFi and 3G radios will be available in 90 days (some time in May 2010). I believe for this device to live up to its full potential, the 3G capable version is the one to get.

Of course you can save USD130 and go with your carrier's HSPA modem/WiFi hotspot solution. Many of the carriers offering such a device will give away the device for free in exchange for a 3G data tariff plan; which you will need for the 3G enabled iPad. Alternatively, you can purchase a HSPA modem/WiFi hotspot, like the MiFi, but that will cost you around USD3xx.00. As with all mobile device, I personally will be happy with the 16GB version of the device. So I will start saving my USD629.00 (HKD4,891.48).

Strangely in the list of languages the iPad supports, Traditional Chinese is not one of them

  • Language support

    for English, French, German, Japanese, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Russian

  • Keyboard support

    for English (US) English (UK), French (France, Canada), German, Japanese (QWERTY), Dutch, Flemish, Spanish, Italian, Simplified Chinese (Handwriting and Pinyin), Russian

  • Dictionary support

    for English (US), English (UK), French, French (Canadian), French (Swiss), German, Japanese, Dutch, Flemish, Spanish, Italian, Simplified Chinese (Handwriting, Pinyin), Russian

I personally does not like the name "iPad", I prefers the "Mac Slate". The one thing Apple did right was to enable all the existing iPhone's 140,000 applications in the iTunes Store to run on the iPad.

With the new iPad, Apple also released a keyboard stand for the iPad.

Along with iPad, Apple also introduced a new iBookstore within iTunes. It currently has 5 publishers (Penguin, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, Hachette Book Group)  supporting it and more coming.

Apple released a new iWork designed for the iPad touch interface. I wonder how much of the features of the new iWork will be transferred to the Mac version of iWork.

Overall this is another device that most likely will shaken the "netbook", "tablet" and "eBook/eReader" markets. Although, Apple say that the iPad runs all the iPhone application, but looking at the Apple developed iPad applications: iWork, Email, Photos, etc., the iPad SDK has way more capabilities and flexibilities for the developer to create applications that deliver a fully immersed experience so that the end-user does not feel like they are using a computer but an interactive device.

Now, I can't way to see how iPhone 4.0 and the upcoming iPhone will change, given what Apple has introduced in the iPad. Definitely an exciting 2010 for Apple fans worldwide.

Here is a link to Apple's promotion video for the iPad.

[Updated: February 28, 2010, 12:00] Apple has made the keynote presentation launching the iPad available on their web site.

A comprehensive guide to the iPad produced by Mashable.

[Updated: February, 28, 2010, 15:00] Reactions and editorials from staff at Engadget.

Several opinions about the iPad on Mashable:

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