UPDATE: Watch Apple’s Keynote, announcing the iPad. Click here.

Finally, all the rumours can stop. Apple’s new device is called the “iPad”. It’s a giant iPod Touch, but the UI seems to be a cross between the iPhone OS and OSX. It’s looks really cool, but who is it for? I already have an iPhone, iPod Touch, and a MacBook. I don’t feel like I need this product. Well, let’s see what it’s got.

Here’s the details:

– .5 inches thin, 1.5 pounds. 9.56 inches high X 7.47 inches wide.

– LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch, 9.7 inch IPS display, 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi).

– Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating

– powered by Apples own 1GHz Apple A4 chip

– WiFi 802.11n, and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR

– Accelerometer and Compass

– comes in 16GB for $499, 32GB for $599,and 64GB for $699. Add $130, if you want 3G. WiFi models shipping March 27th. 3G models shipping April 27th.

– 3G is optional: $14.99 for 250MB and $29.99 for unlimited, on AT&T, in the US. No contract required. International rates coming in June. All 3G iPads are unlocked.

– 10 hours battery life, over a month of standby

– external speaker and microphone

– external buttons same as iPhone: sleep, volume up/down, mute, and home

– iPhone based OS, almost all iPhone/iPod Touch apps will work on the iPad.

– iPhone familier apps including Mobile Safari, Mobile ITunes, App Store, Google Maps, and much more.

– iPhoto-esque app, for pics

– on screen QWERTY keyboard

– HD movies and TV shows

– new app called “iBooks”, for reading eBooks, with new store to  purchase them

– iWork for iPad. Keynote, Numbers, and Pages all get an iPad makeover. They will be $9.99 each.

So, what’s your take on the new device? Is it as revolutionary as they claim? Or is it just a giant iPod Touch? For me, the real revolution will be, when they make the iPhone do all this, in the summer. Can you imagine that 1Ghz chip in your iPhone? That would “scream”. The iPad is great for folks who don’t really need a laptop and don’t want to go as small as an iPod Touch.

The iPad SDK is now being downloaded by developers. They’ve got 2 months to get their apps ready. How long before we see a “jailbroken” iPad OS? Will it be before we even get the hardware? In my opinion, this is where things will get exciting. Let’s see what the jailbreak community can do with the iPad!!