Introducing Apple’s latest invention: The iPad

Apple has finally released the “much talked-about” iPad starting at an amazing price of only $499.  There are more than a thousand apps designed specifically for the iPad, including iWork productivity apps such as Keynote, Pages and Numbers. Or you can browse thousands of new books at the iBookstore by downloading the free iBooks application from apple.com. For a sneak peak, visit: http://www.apple.com/ipad/gallery/#ad

There have been mixed reviews, but the verdict according to USA Today is: “It’s a Winner”. Walt Mossberg in his detailed review of iPad (ptech.allthingsd.com) writes: “After spending hours and hours with it, I believe this beautiful new touch-screen device from Apple has the potential to change portable computing profoundly, and to challenge the primacy of the laptop. Others rave they are instantly smitten with iPad.

Consumers were able to pre-order the iPad as early as March 12, 2010 for delivery on or after April 3, 2010. If you were one of those lucky ones who pre-ordered, you may perhaps be enjoying your iPad already. For those of you who didn’t, you may find yourself (like us) on the waiting list as Apple allocates their shipments in order to meet the overwhelming demand for this spectacular new product.

In CIS, we are constantly striving to find new innovative ways to support teaching, learning and technology. Calvin Tong, Director of User Support, in conjunction with Elizabeth Hodas, Director of Educational Technology and Media Services, plan to have four iPads available as part of our faculty/staff loaner program. Check back for updates on when these will be available for check-out. It is our hope this article will solicit comments, suggested uses and feedback on this exciting new piece of technology.

In the meantime, if you’d like to learn more, take a look at the iPad video at: http://www.apple.com/ipad/.

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