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What does the iPad do?

Consumer Reports News: January 27, 2010 01:29 PM

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Steve Jobs demonstrated Apple's new iPad today, showing off some of the functions of the new device.

He started with a demo of Web browsing on the thin tablet device. Using touch gestures to read the New York Times, Time magazine and other sites, Jobs showed how the tablet quickly changes from landscape to portrait mode and back for easy reading and viewing.

Next, sitting on the near-empty stage, Jobs checked his e-mail on the iPad, including instantly reading PDF attachments and viewing embedded maps.

Photos show up in small images and as albums, and like with Web browsing you can easily turn from portrait to landscape. A bar at the bottom of the screen lets you quickly scroll the photos in an album. The device sorts by events, places and faces, and you can quickly set up a slide show with transitions and music. You can also use multitouch gestures to get a sneek peak inside an album.

More coming as it happens.

—Donna Tapellini

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