Well, it looks like at least someone wants the iPad. A crowd of several hundred lined up outside Apple’s flagship “cube” store on Fifth Avenue for a chance to snag the new tablet Saturday, with scores of other line-sitters waiting their turn at Apple Stores from Pasadena, California, to Knoxville, Tennessee. No, the lines weren’t as long as those we’d seen (and experienced) for the iPhone in previous years, but apparently they were no less enthusiastic, and so far, at least, no train wrecks.
The iPad is a tablet computer developed by Apple Inc. Announced on January 27, 2010, it is positioned in a category between a smart phone and a laptop computer.
Similar in functionality to a larger and more powerful iPhone or iPod touch, it runs a modified version of the same operating system (iPhone OS), with a user interface redesigned to take advantage of the larger screen. The iPad has a 9.7-inch (25 cm) LED back lit multi-touch display, 16 to 64 gigabytes (GB) of flash memory, Blue-tooth, and a 30-pin dock connector to sync with iTunes and connect wired accessories. Two models have been announced: one with 802.11n Wi-Fi and one with 802.11n Wi-Fi and 3G (which can connect to HSDPA cellular networks), and Assisted GPS. Both models may be purchased with three different storage capacities.