The bad news: It’s called the iPad. The good news: It’s here, at last.
Steve Jobs presented the long-awaited Apple e-reader today, as expected. Few thought he’d give it a lame name like the iPad, but still, it’s here. Cost: $499 for a Wifi model; $130 more for a 3G model that accesses the web through AT&T, $29.99 a month for unlimited data.
The thing runs all the apps available at the App Store, and iPad-exlusive apps are in development. The device comes preloaded with a long list of stuff, including Safari, Maps, Yahoo, Video, YouTube, iPhone and much more.
Jobs announced a new iBook Store, already partnered with Penguin, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan and Hachette Book Group. I wonder how nervous Jeff Bezos is today over at Amazon?
Apple has worked out a new format with The New York Times, leading the way to what a lot of people hope will provide a sustainable future for newspapers.
For more details, go to Brainstorm Tech: Washington Post, About.com (which says it “looks like a very large iPhone”); Phones Review (“Slightly disappointed, to tell you the truth”); infosync world (“iPhone on steroids”); MTV (“Everything You Need to Know”).
Will this thing save civilization, specifically the book, the written word, publishing and newspapers? No idea. But I’m pretty sure nothing will be the same once it starts shipping in 60 days.
What do you think?