Quite the production, er, introduction, eh? Here's what we know right off the bat, courtesy of Steve Jobs:
- "It's very thin -- you can change the homescreen to whatever you want"
- "You can browse the web with it"
- "Phenomenal for mail"
- "Album, photos ... you can look at all of them, flick through them, it's a wonderful way to share. Calendar ... months ..."
- "We have the iTunes store built right in. YouTube and YouTube in HD"
- "And it's awesome to watch movies and TV"
- "Even bigger than the DSi XL" (okay, so Steve didn't say that -- we did!)
Some additional specs: 0.5-inches thin; 1.5 pounds; 9.7-inch IPS display; multi-touch; powered by 1GHz Apple A4 chip; available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models; Bluetooth 2.1 plus EDR and 802.11n WiFi; speakers, mic and 30-pin connector; syncs over USB; and up to 10-hour battery life. First-party accessories include a standard dock (think: picture-frame mode), a keyboard dock and a case.
As for pricing, the 16GB model is $499 (or $629 with 3G compatibility); or 32GB for $599 ($729 with 3G); or 64GB for $699 ($829 with 3G). 3G-compatible models have an option between two data plans through AT&T: 250MB of data per month for $14.99 or unlimted data per month for $29.99. The data plans are prepaid and activated directly on the iPad -- there's no contract (so you can cancel anytime). WiFi models ship in 60 days (late March); 3G units in 90 (late April).