Apple Inc., seeking to revolutionize the publishing business in the same way the iPod transformed the music industry, unveiled a tablet computer starting at $499, a price that is 50 percent lower than some analysts predicted.
The iPad can display full Web pages, books and publications, and run iPhone applications, and it has a touch-screen keyboard, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs said Wednesday at a company event in San Francisco. The product will come in two versions: one with just a Wi-Fi connection and another that also uses third-generation mobile-phone service.
"At that price, they'll sell millions," said Hakim Kriout, a portfolio manager at Manhattan-based Grigsby & Associates, which owns Apple shares. "It's very, very affordable for what it does. This is going to add a huge revenue stream for Apple."
It will go on sale in late March. Apple unveiled a free electronic-book reader application for the iPad and is opening an e-book store. - Bloomberg