iPad: Great Tablet From Apple
iPad is one of the well known devices from Apple which was released on April 3, 2010. It is is an iOS-based line of tablet computers designed and marketed by Apple Inc. Here is the history of iPad.
Apple’s first tablet computer was the Newton MessagePad 100, which was introduced in 1993. Steve Jobs said that Apple had begun developing the iPad before the iPhone,but had temporarily shelved the effort upon realizing that its ideas would work just as well in a mobile phone.
Apple said “iPad is our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price. iPad creates and defines an entirely new category of devices that will connect users with their apps and content in a much more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before”.
The history of iPad is started with the first generation of iPad. The original iPad, code named K48 and model number iPad1,1, had a 9.7-inch screen at 1024×768 and 132ppi, both for the Wi-Fi only model, and the Wi-Fi + 3G HSPA versions. It also packed in 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, aGPS, with no camera.
The original iPad had 9.7-inch screen and was available for pre order on March 12, 2010. It had the Wi-Fi version which was went on sale in the US on April 3, 2010. While the Wi-Fi + 3G version was released on April 30. Apple had sold Apple had sold Apple had sold and the company had sold a million iPads By May 3, 2010. During the financial conference call at October 18, 2010, Steve Jobs announced that Apple had sold more iPads than Macs for the fiscal quarter. In total, Apple sold more than 15 million first-generation iPads prior to the launch of the iPad 2.
On March 2, 2011, the second iPad generation, the iPad 2, was introduced. The tablet has a dual core Apple A5 processor, and is 33% thinner than its predecessor. It has VGA front facing camera and 720p rear-facing camera that support the FaceTime videophone application, as well as a three-axis gyroscope.
On March 7, 2012, Apple CEO Tim Cook, unveiled the successor to the iPad 2 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. It has a new dual core A5X processor with quad-core graphics, and a Retina Display with a resolution of 2048 by 1536 pixels. The tablet also has a 5-megapixel camera, HD 1080p video recording, voice dictation, and 4G (LTE).
On October 23, 2012, the fourth generation iPad was announced. It has Apple A6X processor, HD FaceTime camera, improved LTE compatibility, and the all-digital Lightning connector. The tablet began shipping on November 2, 2012 and had the same price structure as the third generation.
Apple also announced the iPad Mini alongside the launch of the 4th generation hardware. It has 7.9 inches screen, with a 1024 by 768 pixel resolution, a dual core A5 processor. It is only 7.2 mm thick.
On October 22, 2013, the fifth generation of iPad, called the iPad Air, was introduced alongside with the second generation of iPad Mini, called iPad Mini 2. The iPad Air has Apple A7 processor and the Apple M7 motion coprocessor, and went on sale on November 1, 2013. It was available starting at $499. The iPad Mini 2 has a retina display and was released on November 12, 2013, starting at $399.
Today, the most recent iPad models are the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3, which were revealed on October 16, 2014. As of June, 2014, there have been over 200 million iPads sold since its release in 2010.
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