Apple unveils the iPad

28 January 2010 — 6:00 PM

Apple has announced the launch of the iPad, a device which may bridge the gap between mobile phones and a laptop computer.

The device boasts a 9.7-inch light emitting diode-backlit display and weighs 1.5 pounds.

Steve Jobs, Apple's chief executive office, said: "iPad is our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price."

He added that the iPad creates and defines an "entirely new category of devices" that aim to connect users with their apps in a way that is a more "intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before".

iPad runs almost all of the over 140,000 apps on the App Store, including apps that consumers have already purchased for their iPhone or iPod touch.

The product will be available to buy from late March for a recommended retail price of $499 (£308) for the 16GB model.

It is as yet unclear which UK networks will have the rights to the iPad, but consumers may wish to trade their used phones for cash to put towards purchasing the device.

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