Some of you may remember Apple in 1998 when they released the Bondi Blue iMac with great fan fare. This was the product that turned Apple around. Steve Jobs was making Apple an industry leader with new announced products every few years. There was the first iPod in 2001 that is now the best selling music player in the world. Steve added video to the iPod in 2005… you remember the U2 video playing on the screen. People were now watching their favorite movies on their iPod. The iPhone was announced in June of 2007 as an all in one device that you could use to access the Internet, read your email, play games, and talk with your friends. Apple took the phone with extra features and turned it into a device that does everything and also happens to be a phone. Google Search was being accessed more by people with iPhones than any other device or computer. Over 8 million iPhones were sold in the last quarter of 2009.

On January 27th, 2009, Apple did it again. They announced what could be the greatest device ever… the Apple iPad. It’s not a giant iPhone and it’s not a laptop replacement. It fits somewhere in between. Let me get the specs out of the way right here. The iPad uses an Apple engineered A4 processor chip running at 1 GHz. This processor is very powerful but at the same time, very efficient. The iPad battery will last for ten hours while using it and for thirty days when in standby. The screen is a 9.7 inch, multi-touch, 1024×768 color display. The iPad includes Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 2.1, and optional 3G data. You can get it with 16, 32, or 64 gigabytes of flash storage. The best part is that it is backwards compatible with any iPhone or iPod Touch applications, music, podcasts, and movies that you already own. Just sync it up with iTunes and you are ready to go.

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