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Apple iPad Hardware Revealed

The much anticipated Apple Tablet, now officially iPad, was announced this morning by Steve Jobs. The full specifications list known thus far shows some of the previous rumors were right, while others are very surprising.

The focal point of the iPad of course is the screen, and it is packing a 9.7″ IPS display, which is a type of TFT LCD allowing for a wide angle of view. It will support up to 1024×768 resolution and will output 480p through composite video. Naturally, the iPad is inheriting a full capacitive-touch screen from it’s smaller counterpart, the iPhone.

A lot of the other features derive from the iPhone as well: Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11n WiFi, accelerometer, speaker, microphone, etc. However one truly new component is the custom processor being used for the iPad: the “Apple A4”. It is a 1.0 GHz CPU able to decode HD video and maintain a 10-hour battery-life, blowing the Tegra and Snapdragon out of the field in terms of efficiency.

The final component is the iPad’s network support. While WiFi will be standard for all iPads, there will be optional 3G provided, with AT&T being the preferred provider.  This gives the option of mobile web to iPad users should they pay the extra premium.  More details on pricing ahead.

Via Gizmodo, image via Apple

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