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iPad 3G data plan the real star of Apple’s show?

iPad 3G data plan the real star of Apple’s show?

Apple have never been impressed with netbooks - they've consistently criticized the budget ultraportables and maintained that they have no interest in producing one - but with the Apple iPad Steve Jobs basically declared war on netbooks.  After opening with a snub - "netbooks aren't better at anything - they're just cheap laptops" - Jobs went on to rub salt in the wound with the launch of a 3G data plan that's half what netbook buyers are currently expected to pay.

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iPad Hands-on Gallery and Video

iPad Hands-on Gallery and Video

What can we say: it feels even thinner in the metal than it looks in the photos. We've just had a hands-on play with the Apple iPad and it's mighty impressive. Speed and screen quality aren't in short supply, with the tablet - that, thanks to all that metal and glass, has a reasonable heft to it - whipping through the customized iPhone OS.

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Apple iPad official

Apple iPad official

Apple have unveiled the iPad, their long-awaited and much-rumored tablet.  A half-inch thick slate, the iPad has a 9.7-inch LCD IPS 1024 x 768 display with multitouch, , WiFi 802.11n and - optionally - integrated 3G, the iPad is based on a new 1GHz Apple A4 of the company's own design. Onboard storage ranges from 16GB to 64GB, and the whole thing runs the iPhone OS with a new, custom UI. Best of all, pricing will start at $499 when the Apple iPad begins shipping in around 60 days time, with $130 on top for adding integrated 3G. More details after the cut.

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SlashGear’s Apple liveblog underway!

SlashGear’s Apple liveblog underway!

It's January 27th 2010 and SlashGear is outside the Yerba Buena Center - looking pretty darn resplendent in its paint-spattered decor - waiting to bring you all the news from Apple's latest media event.  Biggest expectation today is a new iPad tablet; we've supposedly seen shots of the display and shots of the casing, now all we need is Steve Jobs to take to the stage and make it official.

Apple iPad detail hands-on demo:

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The liveblog is already running, so join us over at http://live.slashgear.com/ for our blow-by-blow live coverage!

Apple tablet casing leaks?

Apple tablet casing leaks?

There's a little over an hour until Apple's Steve Jobs takes to the stage to - we're presuming - announce the new Apple tablet, but to tide you over how about some purported leaked images of the slate's casing.  Briefly showing up on a Chinese messageboard, and then promptly deleted, these shots show an indecently thin chassis together with several cut-outs and notches presumably for charging, buttons and headphones.

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