Steve Jobs is truly one greedy individual. In a good way that is. Instead of just focusing on changing one or two markets, Apple is aiming to compete in numerous markets with its latest creation, the iPad. It’s a 9.7″ device that can be your internet tablet, an e-book reader, a gaming device, or act as your mobile computer on the go. The device is designed to handle many iTunes apps already as well as e-books, pictures, and … Many experts worried that the device could be priced out of the range of what most people can afford. Can’t really say that when you can get one of these for as low as $499.
It’s going to be interesting how other e-book reader makers react to Apple iPad. Kindle DX is priced awfully close to iPad, so you can expect Amazon to drop the price by $50 to $100 to make things more interesting. Of course, you can get a 3G capable iPad for as low as $629, so iPad could be a bit pricey if you go with the best model.
The device won’t be available for immediate shipment. Currently, we will have to wait 60 days to get our hands on one of these. So it’s tough to say how reading e-books on this device will feel like. But the device is thin, comes with a screen as long as that of Kindle DX, and supports thousands of iTunes apps. Priced low to compete with e-book readers and netbooks, the iPad certainly raises the bar. Can e-book reader makers respond?