- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 27, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple on Wednesday unveiled the iPad, a tablet-style computer that resembles the iPhone, but larger.

“It’s so much more intimate than a laptop and so much more capable than a smart phone,” Apple CEO Steve Jobs said Wednesday at the device’s highly anticipated debut in San Francisco.

Mr. Jobs demonstrated how the iPad is used for surfing the Web with Apple’s Safari browser. He typed an e-mail using an on-screen keyboard and flipped through photo albums by flicking his finger across the screen.

The CEO said the iPad also will be better for reading books, playing games and watching video than either a laptop or a smart phone.

No price or information on availability was immediately announced.

Now Apple will have to persuade consumers, many of whom already have Internet-connected phones, computers and TVs, that that’s the case. Tablet computers have existed for a decade, with little success.

Shares in Apple fell $4.65, or 2.3 percent, to $201.29 in afternoon trading Wednesday. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company’s shares have more than doubled over the past year, partly on anticipation of the tablet computer.

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