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Jobs talks battery, iWork in post-iPad launch interview

updated 09:35 am EST, Fri January 29, 2010

Executive deflects battery claims

Apple CEO Steve Jobs disclosed a few more salient iPad facts in the immediate aftermath of Wednesday's product announcement, a video interview reveals. Speaking with Wall Street Journal writer Walt Mossberg, Jobs commented on the display of the tablet, which is a 9.7-inch IPS LCD, an unusual choice for something also meant to serve as an e-book reader. Readers like the Kindle use e-ink, which is easier on the eyes but also significantly extends the battery life of hardware.

Jobs remarked that the screen is indeed the most power-hungry component in the iPad, since "our [Apple] chips don't consume hardly any power." While the system is said to be capable of as much as 140 hours of pure audio playback, even the simple process of reading a book is said to shrink life to around 10 hours. This is a non-issue, claimed Jobs, because people will regularly dock the device, and "you're not going to read for 10 hours." Readers based on e-ink can last for several days before needing a fresh charge.

Addressing the iPad version of the iWork suite, Jobs noted that people can save text documents as Word files, and not just in the Pages format. Like many iPhone apps, Pages should also be capable of e-mailing files without syncing them back to a computer first.

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  1. darkelf

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    i'm certain that apple is already aware of the 3qi screen,
    but i think it would be an excellent option for them, and address some of these concerns.

  1. JohnFromBeyond

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    Annoying interviewer

    Who is that anooying lady in the video?!? Too bad she can't shut her yap and let Mr. Mossberg talk.

  1. Feathers

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    Annoying Lady

    I think the annoying lady is Kara Swisher. She's an idiot!

  1. bobthenob

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    I do like Mossberg but I think it was a tad Bush-League to kinda trap Jobs like that at the rollout party. Walt, let Steveo enjoy the moment. You can grill him on battery life, etc tomorrow.

  1. b9robot

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    Readers based on e-ink can last for several days

    But can they play movies, music, get there email, calendar, look at photos, surf the web, play games with the Kindle? NO!

    The Kindle is $350 with only one purpose, which to me is to expensive. It only has a black and white screen with one purpose.

    Comparing the two is like comparing a Yogo to a ferrari, please!

  1. crevatis

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    battery life

    Try reviewing it and its battery life after using it for a year. Then review the process of what you have to do to replace the battery when its capacity has deteriorated.

  1. testudo

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    No, they can't. But if Apple's going to market the iPad as a Kindle competitor, then it is fair to compare the two if you are looking at an eReader.

    And what the h*** is a Yogo? Perhaps you meant Yugo?

    BTW, your analogies need work. You can say a PC compares to a Mac like a Yugo compares to a Ferrari (since one is cheap and breaks down a lot, the other is stylish, made of finer materials and better craftsmanship - though still breaks down a lot, and you have to take it to a special place to get it fixed, and it will cost you a bundle if you didn't get the extended warranty).

    However, the Kindle is, to paraphrase you, a one-trick pony, while the iPad is a multi-use device. So maybe if the Ferrari could be fly, sail, and transform into living creatures, then the analogy might work.

    Also, you should NOT compare any Apple product to a Ferrari. The Ferrari (and other like vehicles) are made for the uber-rich as show pieces (for those who feel the need of basically saying "Look at me! Pay attention to me!" or uber rich gear heads.

    While apple products tend to be more expensive, they are designed and meant for the 'common man'.

  1. testudo

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    Re: Interview

    I do like Mossberg but I think it was a tad Bush-League to kinda trap Jobs like that at the rollout party. Walt, let Steveo enjoy the moment. You can grill him on battery life, etc tomorrow.

    And what if steve didn't want to talk to them tomorrow?

  1. chas_m



    Oh, irony

    I am amused that I have to watch this video interview -- which could have been in any format -- in Flash.

    HTML5, boys, HTML5. Time to read up on it.

  1. thebiggfrogg

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    What if Testudo

    ...didn't want to talk to us tomorrow! Looks for slushees in h*** on that day.

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