When Stephen Colbert couldn’t find his list of nominees during the Grammys, he suddenly remembered, “Oh, I know... It’s on my iPad!” Apple recently unveiled the long-rumored device, while regular customers, like Jay-Z, still have to wait a couple more months before getting their hands on it.
At this year’s Grammy Awards, Stephen Colbert pulled a fast one on the attending celebs as he took an Apple iPad out of his jacket’s inner pocket. The entire tech industry has speculated on the device for years. It was introduced just last week at the hands of Apple’s iconic CEO, Steve Jobs, during a typical Apple-style event in San Francisco.
Colbert pretended he had misplaced his list of nominees, only to show off he was one of the select few to get his hands on the Apple iPad. Whether or not it was his to keep is unclear.
A portion of the broadcast has been captured off a television set by AppleMaster10, who thoughtfully uploaded the hilarious moment to YouTube. During the 40-second video (available below) shot by the person holding the camera, Colbert can be seen as he ironically addresses Jay-Z (the famous American rapper and businessman), saying, “Jay-Z, did you not get one of these in your gift bag? Am I cooler than you?!” The crowd bursts into laughter, as does Jay-Z, who is known for his taste in gizmos, as well as his habit of giving his devices a touch of bling. There is no question about the rapper not buying one the instant it’s out.
Apple describes the iPad as a revolutionary device for browsing the web, reading and sending email, enjoying photos, watching videos, listening to music, playing games, reading e-books, and more. The device boasts a responsive high-resolution Multi-Touch display much like the one found on the company’s iPhone and iPod touch. It is 0.5 inches thick and weighs in at around 1.5 pounds. Apple claims it is thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook, although the iPad is neither of the two. It ships with 12 especially designed built-in apps, and is able to run most of the content found on the iTunes App Store at different screen resolutions. Available starting late March, the iPad is priced at $499 (base model, with 16GB of storage and Wi-Fi only).