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The iPad is a tablet computer designed and marketed by Apple for Internet browsing, media consumption, gaming, and light content creation. Released in April 2010, it established a new class of devices between smartphones and laptops. As of June 1st, 2010, Apple had sold 2 million iPads. Similar to the older (and smaller) iPod Touch and iPhone, the iPad runs a modified version of the iPhone OS and is controlled by a multi-touch LCD sensitive to fingertips, instead of a stylus as with earlier tablet computers. It runs iPad-specific applications as well as those written for the iPhone and iPod Touch, including e-book readers.
The iPad uses Wi-Fi or a 3G data connection to browse the Internet, load and stream media, and install software. A USB cable is required to sync the iPad with iTunes on a personal computer.
By late 2009, the iPad's release had been rumored for several years. Mostly referred to as "Apple's tablet", iTablet and iSlate were among speculated names. The iPad was announced on January 27, 2010 by Steve Jobs at an Apple press conference at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.
Three days later, at the 52nd Grammy Awards, Stephen Colbert used an iPad in announcing the nominees. Apple began taking pre-orders for the iPad from U.S. customers on March 12, 2010. The Wi-Fi version of the iPad went on sale in the United States on April 3, 2010. The Wi-Fi + 3G version was released on April 30.
The iPad was launched in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom on May 28. Online pre-orders in those countries began on May 10. Apple plans to release iPad later in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore in July 2010. Israel briefly prohibited importation of the iPad because of concerns that its Wi-Fi might interfere with other devices.
Announcement date Release date Display
April 3, 2010
Wi-Fi + 3G
April 30, 2010
January 27, 2010
1024 × 768 px (aspect ratio 4:3), 9.7 in diagonal, appr. 45 in2 (290 cm2), appr. 7.8 × 5.8 in (20 × 15 cm), 132 PPI, XGA, scratch-resistant glossy glass covered IPS LCD multi-touch display, with LED backlighting and fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating 1 GHz Apple A4 PoP SoC
Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1+EDR Wireless No wireless widearea network interface Skyhook Wireless 3G cellular HSDPA, 2G cellular EDGE
Environmental sensors Operating system
Assisted GPS, Skyhook Wireless, cellular network Accelerometer, ambient light sensor, magnetometer (for digital compass) iPhone OS 3.2
Apple offers several iPad accessories, including: iPad Keyboard Dock with hardware keyboard, 30-pin connector, and audio jack iPad Case which can be used to stand the iPad in various positions iPad Dock with 30-pin connector and audio jack iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter for external monitor or projector iPad Camera Connection Kit including a USB Type A connector adapter and an SD card reader, for transferring photos and videos iPad 10W USB Power Adapter with 2 A output (10 W)
Safari Photos iPod App Store Maps Contacts Spotlight Search YouTube iTunes iBooks Notes Calendar Mail Video
On May 3, 2010, Apple announced that they had sold 1 million iPads. On May 31, 2010, Apple again announced that they had sold 2 million iPads.
The iPad is assembled by Foxconn, which also manufactures Apple's iPod, iPhone and Mac Mini, in its largest plant in Shenzhen, China. iSuppli estimated that each iPad 16 GB Wi-Fi version costs Apple US$259.60 to manufacture, a total that excludes research, development, licensing and patent costs.
Apple does not disclose the makers of iPad components, but teardown reports and analysis from industry insiders indicate that various parts and their suppliers include:
Apple A4 SoC: Samsung NAND flash RAM chips: Toshiba for all models except the 64 GB iPad, whose memory was made by Samsung Touch panels: Wintek, after TPK Touch Solutions was unable to fulfill its orders, delaying the iPad's release from late March to early April.
Touch-screen chips: Broadcom Case: Catcher Technologies LCD drivers: Novatek Microelectronics Batteries: are made in Taiwan by Simplo Technology, which makes 60% of them, and Dynapack International Technology makes the other 40%.
Pros & Cons
Pros: Beautiful Screen Just 1.5 pounds Blazing fast Cons: Not as Powerful as a Laptop Very few ports
Software & Support Upgrade Capabilities Usability Design Performance Features Price/Value Rating
The Apple iPad makes a great second computer. Pair it with a high-powered desktop and you'll have a setup that gives you what you need: both power and portability. An iPad for thing like Facebook and email when you're in the living room. Plus it won't get too hot to hold in your lap, and you won't have to keep it plugged in. It is also a good solution for someone who does a bit of traveling, either for pleasure or work. And with its small size and light weight it won't double the size of your suitcase.
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