Posted by: Harold Ennulat | January 27, 2010

Apple iPad: Steve Jobs Unveils the New Apple Tablet

The announcement for this product has just been made today.  

The iPad is a tablet computer with a 9.7″ display, about 1/2 an inch thick, and weighing in at 1.5 lbs with a 10 hour battery life according to Steve Jobs.   It is an “iPhone on steroids” according one reviewer.  A key market is as a book/media reader and content provider.  The speculation is that this will be linked to an always on wireless internet connection.  That would be cool, but I didn’t read about this in the announcement, though it does have both WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity.  In addition there is a version that has connectivity with AT&T’s wireless 3G network.  Cost is said to be between $499 for a 16GB model without the 3G networking to $829 for a 64GB model with the 3G networking.

So what does this have to do with Controls?  If the iPhone can be used as a personal SCADA device, then something like this can too.  In fact the iPad is reported to run all iPhone apps. 

It also might be the tool that many of us want for ourselves.  I can hardly believe I’m saying this…. controls Engineers are PC kind of guy after all….. aren’t they? 

If Apple keeps coming up with new products, it soon may not make much difference if its an Apple or not…. I suspect many of us already have their music player…

For the full story checkout Apple iPad: Steve Jobs Unveils the New Apple Tablet – ABC News.  I’m noticing the contents at links are being updated today prompting my updates.

No need to rush out and buy one just now however.  It doesn’t ship for another 60 days…  In the mean time check the Apple site for additional details.

Updated: 1/28/2010 2:09 pm


  1. we’ve done it with a vmware app, the iphone and GE’s proficy software –with cooperation from IT as well (i might like to add). the plant guy can then access his plant through his iphone anyway using 3g or wifi with SSL VPN. i am sure that it can be done on the ipad as it is a matter of the app being used. then there is Sweet Wiliams Automation that did a specialized app for Omron PLCs.

  2. actually, it seems that Scadamobile already has ethernet/ip support in their version 1.3. not sure why i missed that one.

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