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7:00 p.m. : Everyone turns off their phones (or almost), the conference can start in the presence of Al Gore in the audience. Steve Jobs enters the scene.
7:03 p.m. : As usual, the keynote begins with a long series of numbers. Given Apple’s latest financial results, Steve Jobs may be smiling. With a turnover of $ 50.6 billion, Apple is now a major player in the new technology sector.
7:08 p.m. : We are getting to the heart of the matter. According to him, there is a missing link between iPhone and computer.
7:10 p.m. : This object is therefore indeed theiPad Calendar, music, video, e-mail, reading the press: according to Steve Jobs everything that is expected of such an object is present.
7.15 p.m. : According to the demo, the iPad does not seem compatible with the Flash format, like the iPhone. Steve Jobs is quietly installed in his sofa to give us a demo of the machine.
7:30 p.m. : First technical details, the screen offers a dimension of 9.7 inch (IPS technology allowing better viewing angles), the iPad measures 0.5 inch thick (1.27 cm) and weighs 680 grams. It also has a speaker, a microphone, an accelerometer, a compass, Wi-Fi 802.11n and offers 16 to 64 GB of storage capacity. The 1GHz processor was designed by Apple !
7:40 p.m. : Very important precision: all iPhone applications will run without any modifications on the iPad. Steve Forstall, Apple vice president in charge of the App Store, enters the scene and begins demonstrating the applications, notably with a racing game.
7.45 p.m. : The content is at the heart of the subject this evening, the guests follow one another on stage. After the video games, an official of the New York Times presents the version of his newspaper on the iPad. The same goes for New Yorker magazine.
7.50 p.m. : The focus is really on games, many titles are shown: races, sports simulations, all genres pass.
7:55 p.m. : Hachette, Harper Collins, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster: these are the first five publishers to support Apple. The iPad will therefore also be an electronic book. It thus competes head-on with the Amazon Kindle.
8:00 p.m. : Faithful Phil Schiller, Vice President of Marketing for Apple, comes on stage to present the version of iWork optimized for the iPad. It is entirely aimed at the finger and thus benefits from all the advantages of the multitouch screen. iWork is available on the App Store, each application (Numbers, Pages and Keynote) costs $ 9.99.
8:14 p.m. : The iPad is 3G! Two subscriptions are available. The first costs $ 14.99 for 250 MB of data exchanged. The second is unlimited, priced at $ 29.99. Both are available from AT&T. The iPad is unlocked and uses the new micro SIM cards. International versions of these packages will be available in June.
8:20 p.m. : First price of the iPad: $ 499. The version high-end 64GB with Wi-Fi and 3G will cost $ 829. A dock with keyboard is also available.
8:26 p.m. : Jonathan Ive, the designer of Apple, explains his creation in a short film. The touch keyboard is almost as large as that of a MacBook.
8:30 p.m. : This is the end of the keynote presented by Steve Jobs. A whole range of iPads and now three online stores (iTunes Store, App Store, iBookstore). Apple hopes that this new machine will be able to make a place between the iPhone and its MacBook. It’s a real gamble for Apple, which is trying to create a new use here.
Thank you all for taking this keynote with us. Of course, we will come back to the characteristics and uses of it in greater detail in the evening. Stay connected to Tom’s Guide!