Today Apple announced its greatly anticipated new tablet computer: the iPad. Will the newest product in the Apple family be the next big thing, like the iPod and iPhone, or will its price tag, $499-$829, be too high to compete with other netbooks and tablets? Will it be a threat to Amazon's Kindle? We're about to find out. C atch up on Slate's coverage of the iPad, tablet computing, and Apple in general. Also read our collection of the best writing about the iPad on the Web.
Slate on the iPad
"I Love the iPad: Apple's new tablet is the computer I've always wanted," by Farhad Manjoo. Posted Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, at 4:45 PM ET.
"The iPad Is Finally Revealed," video on Slate V. Posted Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010.
"Apple vs. Obama: Which is more important: politics or technology?" by William Saletan. Posted Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010.
"Computers Should Be More Like Toasters: My hope for the big Apple announcement: a tablet that's as easy to use as an appliance," by Farhad Manjoo. Posted Monday, Jan. 25, 2010.
"The iState of the Union: Steve Jobs delivers the annual presidential address," by Josh Levin and Chris Wilson. Posted Monday, Jan. 25, 2010.
"Is Gawker's 'Apple Tablet Scavenger Hunt' Illegal?" by Ben Sheffner. Posted Friday, Jan. 15, 2010.
"The Flat Computer Society: Everyone's ecstatic about the Apple tablet. But what are we supposed to do with it?" By Farhad Manjoo. Posted Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010.
"The Tablet Hype: They can't possibly save magazines and newspapers," by Jack Shafer. Posted Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009.
Slate on Apple
"Apple vs. Google: Who's going to win the great mobile-phone war?" by Farhad Manjoo. Posted Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010.
"You Lie, Luke Wilson: The misleading new cell ads from AT&T and Verizon," by Farhad Manjoo. Posted Monday, Dec. 7, 2009.
"Free iTunes! Apple's hypocritical move to block competitors from accessing its software," by Farhad Manjoo. Posted Monday, Sept. 28, 2009.
"The Great iPhone Lockdown: Should the FCC force Apple to sell Google's apps?" by Farhad Majoo. Posted Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009.
"The Computer is Flat: Apple's rumored tablet PC augurs the next phase of the netbook craze," by Farhad Manjoo. Posted Monday, July 27, 2009.
"What Will Apple Be Like in Steve Jobs' Absence?" by Farhad Manjoo. Posted Jan. 14, 2009.
"iHero: Why Iron Man is like Steve Jobs," by Grady Hendrix. Posted Thursday, May 1, 2008.
"The Cell Phone Wars: Apple's iPhone is closed. Google's G1 is open. Which is better?" by Farhad Manjoo. Posted Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008.
"Steve Jobs vs. Teachers' Unions: Plus—are bloggers snobby meritocrats?" by Mickey Kaus. Posted Feb. 17, 2007.
"Snow Jobs: Why Steve Jobs should be punished for the options backdating chicanery at Apple. And why he won't be," by Daniel Gross. Posted Monday, Jan. 8, 2007.
"The Apple Polishers: Explaining the press corps' crush on Steve Jobs and company," by Jack Shafer. Posted Thursday, Oct. 13, 2005.
Slate on Technology
"Fail to the Chief: Why hasn't the Obama administration lived up to its webby promises?" by Farhad Manjoo. Posted Thursday, Jan. 21.
"Don't Be Evil 2.0: Working with China didn't help Google change the world. Not working with them might," by Farhad Manjoo. Posted Jan. 13, 2010.
"Why Is Microsoft Fighting So Hard Over Internet Explorer? Does it even make any money?" by Brian Palmer. Posted Dec. 17, 2009.
The Big Money on the iPad
"Apple to Facebook: iLike You," by Caitlin McDevitt, Jan. 27, 2010
"No Flash in the iPad. Will Developers Care?" by Kevin Kelleher, Jan. 27, 2010
"The iPad is Most Important for Businesses Not Named Apple: How this thing can disrupt more industries than just computing" by Chadwick Matlin, Jan. 27, 2010
"The iPad is Nice, But Apps Will Make or Break Its Success," by Kevin Kelleher, Jan. 27, 2010
"Will the Apple Tablet Destroy Google?" by Chris Thompson, Jan. 27, 2010
"Is the iPad a Big Deal for Publishers?" by Marion Maneker, Jan. 27, 2010
"Apple's Antisocial Success," by Matthew Yeomans, Jan. 27, 2010
"What Developers Want From the Apple Tablet," by Kevin Kelleher. Posted Jan. 27, 2010.
"Of Course Hulu Will Work on the Apple Tablet … Right?" by Chadwick Matlin. Posted Jan. 26, 2010.
"How the Apple Tablet Will Change Cars," by Matthew DeBord. Posted Jan. 25, 2010.
"What's the Apple Tablet for? Games, Media, and Entertainment," by Kevin Kelleher. Posted Jan. 25, 2010.
"The Tablet Trap for Publishers," by Marion Maneker. Posted Jan. 22, 2010.
"Understanding the Apple Tablet," by Marion Maneker. Posted Jan. 11, 2010.
Elsewhere on the Web
MSNBC.com: "Apple Announces 'iPad' Touchscreen Tablet: Steve Jobs calls it 'truly magical' and 'revolutionary' device," by Suzanne Choney. Posted Jan. 27, 2010.
PC World: "Apple Tablet Concept From Yesteryear Surfaces," by Jeff Porten. Posted Jan. 25, 2010.
Business Week: "Acer Prepares for Apple's Tablet," by Bruce Einhorn and Tim Culpan. Posted Jan. 25, 2010.
Information Week: "Apple Tablet: Microsoft Plans Counter Strike," by Paul McDougall. Posted Jan. 25, 2010.
PC World:"10 Best Bets for Apple's 'Latest Creation' Event," by Ian Paul. Posted Jan. 25, 2010.
ZD Net: "Video Projector in Apple Tablet, All Intel Inside ..." by Tom Foremski. Posted Jan. 25, 2010.
Ars Technica: "Days Before iTablet-Palooza, the Rumor Hits Keep Comin'," by Chris Foresman. Posted Jan. 24, 2010.
Apple Tablet news blog: "iSlate: The Impending Tablet."
Tech Crunch: "Will Next Week's Apple Event Finally Bring Background Apps To The iPhone?" by Jason Kincaid. Posted Jan. 19, 2010.
Guardian: "Apple Looks for iSlate Mobile Partner," by Richard Wray. Posted Jan. 19, 2010.
Fortune Brainstorm Tech blog: "Apple Tablet May Not Ship Until June," by Philip Elmer-DeWitt. Posted Jan. 19, 2010.
Wall Street Journal: "Publisher in Talks With Apple Over Tablet," by Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg. Posted Jan. 18, 2010.
Washington Post Tech Crunch blog: "Patent Reveals Possible Groundbreaking Multi-Touch Features for Apple's iSlate," by Gagan Biyani. Posted Jan. 15, 2010.
New York Times' Bits blog: "What Would a 10-Inch Apple 'iSlate' Look Like?" by Nick Bilton. Posted Dec. 28, 2009.
Wired Gadget Lab blog: "Apple Bought iSlate.com—Perhaps for a Tablet?" by Brian X. Chen. Posted Dec. 27, 2009.