The Apple iPad uses Apple’s custom 1-GHz A4 processor and Apple’s iOS 4
operating system, also used on the iPhone and iTouch. It boasts thousands of free and low-cost applications — 14,000 and counting for the iPad, plus more than 140,000 iPhone applications. If you want Windows compatibility, it’s not for you, but it’s ready to surf the Web, serve as a pdf reader for electronic parts manuals, and more.

The iPad features a multi-touch 9.7-in. LED backlit display housed in a 7.5- x 9.5 x .5-in. chassis that weighs just over 1.5 lbs. Since the screen takes up all the real estate, an on-screen virtual keyboard is used for writing e-mails and notes. Prices range from $499 for a wireless-only model with 16-GB solid-state drive, to $829 for a 64-GB wireless/3G model. Like the iPhone, the iPad is available for use only through the ATT cellular network. For more information, visit www.apple.com.