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The iPad Will Come With AVI Support?

by on March 17th, 2010

With the release of iPad preordering by Apple, some new details have emerged. The mute button was replaced with a screen rotation lock function instead. There has been no explanation for the last minute change but it seems this is one many people will support.

However, if you take a look at the iPad specifications page, you’ll notice that AVI videos will be supported on the iPad. TheAppleBlog has a nice summary of what AVI support means for iPad owners:

Perhaps the biggest little detail added in the iPad’s specifications is support for AVI videos, using the MotionJPEG format. Resolution for the files supported is 1280×720, which is HD, and PCM stereo audio is also part of the deal. Best of all, the data rates supported run up to 35Mbps, which is well beyond even the Apple TV’s standards. Looks like Apple has really big video plans for this capable little device. Wonder if this has anything to do with all of its recent talks with TV studios?

MotionJPEG format videos usually arise from your digital camera, as such with the videos taken on my Canon digital elph. So as for “real” AVI support for downloaded “videos” you will still probably need to convert them to watchable format.

We know Apple only likes to divulge small tidbits of information at time, through either official or unofficial means. The iPad lacks Flash, but in the bigger picture Apple’s plans with the iPad could mean something bigger and better than what we already know.

What do you think? Where will the iPad take us? Streaming TV someday?

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