First iPad Ad Airs During Oscars, Confirms Launch Date (VIDEO)

Apple aired its first iPad ad during the 2010 Oscars yesterday evening, at which Steve Jobs, in full black-tie apparel, was in attendance

The iPad ad (see video below) follows the template for iPhone commercials, showing a user taking the gadget through a variety of functions--writing emails, downloading movies, uploading photos, browsing the web. The ad also officially announced the iPad release date: April 3.

The New York Times, as well as Apple's new ebook platform, the iBook Store, are both featured prominently.

The soundtrack of the iPad ad is The Blue Van's 'There Goes My Love'.

Check out the iPad ad below and tell us what you think!

Want to know more about the iPad? The Huffington Post has a guide to '13 Things You Need To Know About The iPad,' as well as rundown of the '9 Worst Things About The iPad.'