Apple iPad Hardware Revealed: 9.7-inch Screen, Wi-Fi, Optional 3G

The brand-new Apple iPad, contrary to prior rumours, is a Wi-Fi-only device - no 3G from either AT&T or Verizon. Full hardware spec list, constantly updated, after the jump.

The iPad is packing a 9.7-inch IPS display, which is a type of TFT LCD that according to Stevesy has a "great angle of view". It's a full capacitive multitouch screen, like the iPhone, and also like its little (yet older) brother, it's got 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+, an accelerometer, compass, speaker and mic, as well as the standard 30-pin connector. It's rated at 10 hours of battery life, which is absolutely nuts (and much better than we expected) for a device with a near-10-inch LCD, although who knows what the battery life actually is. For more info on the 3G option, check out Brian's post here.

Most importantly, the processor: It's a 1GHz "Apple A4" processor, the first we've seen, probably the result of Apple's purchase of P.A. Semiconductor awhile back. It promises to decode HD video while retaining that 10-hour battery life, which is mighty impressive - Tegra, Snapdragon and the rest can't claim that kind of low power usage. The screen can also output up to 1024x768 VGA and 480p composite video through a cable kit, attached to the 30-pin connector.

Oh, and it's as green as all other Apple hardware: No arsenic, BFR, mercury or PVC, and it's "highly recyclable".

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