iPad Goes on Pre-Order, and Apple Releases New Details

Today the iPad was available for pre-order. I saw a tweet from @Macworld talking about some new information Apple has posted on their iPad pages. Most are general information about how the 3G service works, and the iBook store (including the ability to read free ePub titles) But a couple are more technical in nature.

Macworld reports that there is a screen orientation lock switch. handy if you try to read or watch movies in bed. You can sum the audio to mono, helping those who have trouble hearing out of one ear.

The other news is a it bigger, to me anyway. The iPad will support AVI and 720p HD video. From Apple’s site:

TV and video
Support for 1024 by 768 pixels with Dock Connector to VGA Adapter; 576p and 480p with Apple Component AV Cable; 576i and 480i with Apple Composite AV Cable

H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

This means the iPad supports 720p HD like the Apple TV, and more file formats than any other Apple device. Very nice surprise.

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