This year's big item will undoubtedly be the iPad tablet computer, a 9.7-inch touchscreen computer that will basically fall into a category between a laptop and a smartphone. In addition to the $499 price tag are carrier charges (that's only AT&T, contrary to rumors that Verizon would be an option) for 3G service; the device will also be available in a version that supports Wi-Fi connectivity. The question is, will it change the tech industry in the same way that the iPhone did, or will it simply be another MacBook Air-style innovation that people appreciate but don't go crazy over? We'll certainly find out in the coming months.
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