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Rumors lead way to product launch as Apple debuts iPad

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Apple today introduced the 9.7-inch iPad, a “revolutionary” device for browsing the web, reading and sending email, enjoying photos, watching videos, listening to music, playing games, reading e-books and much more. The iPad features a responsive high-resolution Multi-Touch display lets users physically interact with applications and content. The iPad is just 0.5 inches thick and weighs just 1.5 pounds—thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook. iPad includes 12 new apps designed especially for the iPad, and will run almost all of the over 140,000 apps in the App Store. The Wi-Fi model iPad will be available in late March, the 3G model will be available in April.

Vertical and Horizontal views of the new iPad.

“iPad is our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “iPad creates and defines an entirely new category of devices that will connect users with their apps and content in a much more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before.”

iPad features 12 next-generation Multi-Touch applications. Every app works in both portrait and landscape, automatically animating between views as the user rotates iPad. The Multi-Touch interface gives users the ability to use an almost full-size “soft” keyboard. Images can be imported, and organized as albums; audio can be played through iTunes; and movies, TV shows and YouTube videos can be viewed in High Def. Users can also read through the pages of an e-book downloaded from the new Apple iBookstore.

Launched with the iPad is the new Apple iBooks app for iPad, which includes Apple’s new iBookstore. The iBookstore will feature books from major and independent publishers.

Apple also introduced a new version of iWork for iPad, a desktop-class productivity suite designed specifically for Multi-Touch. With Pages, Keynote and Numbers users can create formatted documents, stunning presentations with animations and transitions, and spreadsheets with charts, functions and formulas. The three apps will be available separately through the App Store.

iPad syncs with iTunes just like the iPhone and iPod touch, using the standard Apple 30-pin to USB cable so users can sync all their contacts, photos, music, movies, TV shows, applications and more from a Mac or PC. All the apps and content downloaded on iPad from the App Store, iTunes Store and iBookstore will be automatically be synced to your iTunes library the next time the iPad is connected with the users’ computer.

The iPad features a stunning 9.7-inch, LED-backlit display, with an ultra-wide 178 degree viewing angle. The intelligent soft keyboard pioneered on iPhone takes advantage of iPad’s larger display to offer an almost full-size soft keyboard. iPad also connects to the new iPad Keyboard Dock with a full-size traditional keyboard.

iPad comes in two versions—one with Wi-Fi and the other with both Wi-Fi and 3G. iPad includes the latest 802.11n Wi-Fi, and the 3G versions support speeds up to 7.2 Mbps on HSDPA networks. Apple and AT&T announced breakthrough 3G pre-paid data plans for iPad with easy, on-device activation and management.

Other features: built-in storage uses flash media; built-in 25Whr rechargeable lithium-polymer battery that is rechargeable via USB or AC adapter; inputs/outputs include dock connector, headphone jack, built-in speakers and mic, and Sim Card tray (on the 3G model).

Optional accessories include the iPad Keyboard Dock, iPad Case, iPad Dock, iPad Camera Connection Kit and iPad USB Power Adapter.

iPad will be available in late March worldwide for a suggested retail price of $499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 32GB model, $699 for the 64GB model. The Wi-Fi + 3G models of iPad will be available in April in the US and selected countries for a suggested retail price of $629 for the 16GB model, $729 for the 32GB model and $829 for the 64GB model. iPad will be sold in the US through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

— Diane Berkenfeld

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9/11/01: We Will Never Forget

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Today is September 3rd… only eight more days until the 8th anniversary of 9/11/01. Every September since that day, I turn to photographs to remember—to never forget—what happened at the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and in the air above Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

I think its because the photographs and video taken on that day are such tangible reminders, along with the memories burned into the psyches of anyone who remembers viewing the events of that day. For days afterward, all I could do was turn on the TV and watch and re-watch the news footage over and over.

So many photographers were on hand that day, and for days and weeks afterwards, recording what they saw—to share with the world. The New York Times, LIFE magazine, and others all published collections of photographs from 9/11.

I thought I would share some of the books I am drawn to each September.

We must never forget…

— Diane Berkenfeld

Here is New York

Here is New York was an impromptu collection of images taken by photojournalists, witnesses and everyday New Yorkers who were affected in some way. Originally hung in a Soho gallery, the collection of images were eventually made into a book and traveling exhibition. The website still houses an extensive collection of gallery of photos and audio recordings. Website: hereisnewyork.org

Faces of Ground Zero

Faces of Ground Zero, Portraits of the Heroes of September 11, 2001 is a book of images by professional photographer Joe McNally. The portraits were photographed by the one-of-a-kind Polaroid McNally had access to. The camera measured 12-feet by 16-feet. McNally photographed survivors, policemen, firemen, volunteers, doctors, nurses, and children.

New York September 11

New York September 11 is a collection of photographs by 11 Magnum Photographers. Those 11 pros were in New York City that day, in the middle of a routine monthly meeting. In addition to images captured after the attacks on the World Trade Center, the book includes some images of the Twin Towers that Magnum photographers had taken over the last quarter century. Website: magnumphotos.com


Brotherhood

Brotherhood edited by Tony Hendra, came from the shrines and monuments that New Yorkers created to honor the fallen firefighters. These impromptu creations arose outside many of the city’s firehouses on 9/11 and continued to grow for some time. The names of each firefighter who lost his life on 9/11 is listed at the bottom of each page of the book; so that the list is repeated three times.

Above Hallowed Ground

Above Hallowed Ground: A Photographic Record of September 11, 2001 by the photographers of the New York Police Department, is a unique book in that the images were taken by members of the NYPD who had access most news photographers did not. Images include arial photographs, photos taken inside the Twin Towers before the collapse, as well as the aftermath.

The September 11 Photo Project

The September 11 Photo Project was put together by Michael Feldschuh, who was moved to do something to honor those who lost their lives. Feldschuh was able to garner a donated space to exhibit the images of thousands of everyday New Yorkers who found themselves recording the events of 9/11 and the days following. Along with the photographs, some contributors included text. The book is a collection of some of those images and texts. A traveling exhibition was also put together.