Live coverage of Apple's Jan. 27 "latest creation" event
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As expected, Apple CEO Steve Jobs made a bid to create a new consumer electronics category Wednesday, unveiling a computer he calls the iPad.
The device is a 9.7-inch multitouch tablet that starts at $499 for the 16 GB model that uses Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet.
A 3G model that can reach the Web through AT&T's network costs $130 more, plus $29.99 for unlimited data ($14.99 for 250 gigs). The first iPads are scheduled to ship in 60 days, the 3G versions 30 days later. The top of the line, 64 GB version with 3G, starts at $829.
The devices run most of the 140,000 iPhone apps out of the box, giving them a huge head start over previous attempts to market tablet computers. And as Jobs points out, he's got a big customer base primed to buy it -- loyal Apple users who have bought 75 million iPhones and iPod touches and given Apple 125 million credit card numbers.
The tech world turns its attention to San Francisco to see what Steve Jobs has up his sleeve
The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts was buzzing Tuesday afternoon with black-shirted Apple staffers hauling in electronics, heavy-set security guys guarding the perimeter, TV satellite trucks jockeying for position and workers on a crane plastering the entrance way with the event's signature paint-spattered logo.
The economy may be sputtering, Bin Laden may be MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 26, 2010 8:12 PM ET
Net income grew nearly 50% in Apple's most profitable quarter ever
It seems no matter how high Wall Street's expectations these days, Apple (AAPL) still manages to blow past them.
On Monday it hit the Street with a double whammy: not only did it announce record sales and earnings, but it changed the way it reports its iPhone sales revenue, replacing what used to be its GAAP (generally accepted accounting procedure) earnings MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 25, 2010 5:06 PM ET
An analytics firm spots users in Cupertino testing a dozen different types of software
Using embedded code that reports hardware, software and GPS location characteristics, Flurry Analytics has detected approximately 50 devices that fit the description of the tablet computers Apple (AAPL) is expected to unveil on Wednesday.
Unlike other Apple prototype devices detected by Flurry's data-gathering code, these test units never leave the Cupertino campus -- consistent with the high-level of MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 25, 2010 6:30 AM ET
Days before its expected unveiling, details of dubious provenance are pouring in
With Apple (AAPL) set to reveal its "latest creation" Wednesday, new rumors surface almost hourly. We'll try to stay on top of them. [UPDATED Tuesday. See below.]
The rendering at right created by Flickr user Fotoboer.nl last August is "strikingly close" to the real thing, people "familiar with the device" tell AppleInsider's Kasper Jade.
Apple is building two versions, one that MORE
Interest among ChangeWave's early adopters compares with the first Intel Macs
Adding to the pre-tablet buzz, ChangeWave Research issued the results Thursday of a survey gauging consumer interest in the new Apple (AAPL) device expected to be unveiled at next Wednesday's "latest creation" event.
Asked how likely they would be to buy an 'iSlate' if-and-when it becomes available, the 3,314 respondents answered as follows: 4% said they were "very likely" to buy MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 21, 2010 11:17 AM ET
"Secret" talks with publishers appear within hours in the Wall Street Journal
Here's some free advice for Silicon Valley companies visiting New York City: Don't say anything to a newspaper or book publishing executive that you wouldn't want to see on a front page the next day.
Case in point: Details of Apple's (AAPL) eleventh-hour "secret" negotiations with publishers, which Bookseller.com and 9to5 Mac reported on Wednesday morning, turned up Wednesday evening MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 20, 2010 8:31 PM ET
Manufacturing would begin in March for delivery in June, says an analyst
UPDATE: This article was posted on January 20, 2010, in advance of the unveiling of the iPad. The announcement of a Verizon iPhone that Misek was anticipating did not happen. Water under the bridge. Maybe next year.
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"We believe there is a good chance," writes Canaccord Adams' Peter Misek in a note to clients Wednesday, "that the 'One MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 20, 2010 10:39 AM ET
Analyst cites "minor issues" with battery life and durability
In an otherwise positive report Tuesday anticipating the introduction of Apple's (AAPL) tablet computer at next Wednesday's "latest creation" event, Kaufman Brothers' Shaw Wu introduces a note of uncertainty.
"We are also picking up," he writes, "that the product would most likely not ship in volume until the June timeframe, as there may [be] minor issues that need more work including battery life MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 19, 2010 3:56 PM ET
Shares rise sharply in advance of next week's earnings report and special event
With strong earnings expected to be announced Monday Jan. 25 and a new product scheduled to be unveiled two days later, Apple (AAPL) shares climbed steeply Tuesday morning.
The release of several positive reports on Mac sales for the quarter than ended Dec. 26 probably didn't hurt, either.
The stock closed at $215.04, up 9.11 points (4.42%) for the day, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 19, 2010 11:24 AM ET
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