Amid frenzied excitement, the Apple event in San Francsico kicks off and the tablet device is revealed as the iPad, a handheld computing device that works with the iTunes Store built in much like the iPhone.
Resembling a giant iPhone it is being described by Apple as "so much more intimate than a laptop" but with much more computing power than a smart phone.
As predicted by some camps, the iPad doesn’t have Flash capability but has a powerful mobile version of the Safari web browser.
Lookswise, the iPad has a brushed aluminium background and a home button on the front that looks the same as the one on the iPhone and iPod touch.
The iPad’s specs include a 1Ghz Apple custom chip according to Crunchgear and has 16GB flash storage plus battery life of 10 hours but there’s no sign of the built-in camera as claimed by Jason Calacanis on Twitter.
By Marie Boran
This story has since been updated – our detailed description of the new iPad.
Photo: Apple’s brand new iPad