At 13mm thick and 680gm in weight, Apple claims the iPad is thinner and lighter than any other laptop or netbook.
Twelve bespoke ‘multi-touch’ apps have been designed for the iPad which will be able to run ‘almost all’ of the 140 000 apps in the App Store – originally designed for the iPhone and iTouch.
The iPad promises to act as a device for Web browsing and e-mailing, viewing photos and videos, listening to music, playing games and reading e-books.
The screen can be used in portrait and landscape modes, images will be in HD and users can ‘flip through pages’ on the gadget, which will offer up to ten hours of battery life.
Speculation had suggested the device, which will cost between £300-£500, would be known as the iTablet.
Kin Design partner Kevin Palmer says his consultancy has anticipated the arrival of the device by developing a series of training programmes for clients involving six touchscreen units connected through a wireless network.
However, he adds that the gaming experiment is reliant on cameras. ‘The iPad doesn’t have a camera, which is a disappointment, but [Apple] might phase that in for later versions,’ Palmer says. ‘It can’t run two apps at the same time, either.’
Palmer continues, ‘We will be getting one, though, to use for training exercises and to see what we can develop.’