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The iPad is a line of tablet
computers designed, developed and marketed by Apple primarily as a platform for
audio-visual media including books, periodicals, movies, music, games, and web
content. Its size and weight falls between those of contemporary smartphones and
laptop computers. The iPad runs the same operating system as the iPod Touch and
iPhone—and can run its own applications as well as iPhone applications.
Like iPhone and iPod Touch, the iPad is controlled by a multitouch display—a
departure from most previous tablet computers, which used a pressure-triggered
stylus—as well as a virtual onscreen keyboard in lieu of a physical keyboard.
The iPad uses a Wi-Fi data connection to browse the Internet, load and stream
media, and install software.
Apple released the first iPad in April 2010, and sold 3 million of the devices
in 80 days.
During the release of the iPad 2 in
March 2011, Steve Jobs said that just under 15 million iPads had been sold in
the device's first nine months on the market
The iPad 2 is thinner, lighter, faster, and has two
cameras for video conferencing.
The new iPad uses a new A5 dual-core processor, which Apple CEO Steve Jobs says
is twice as fast as the previous iPad. He also said it will help boost graphics
performance making it nine times faster. The newer iPad is also about 33 percent
thinner and lighter than the original iPad: 1.3 pounds instead of 1.5. And it
now comes in white as well as black.
Additionally, the iPad 2 now offers two cameras, which means it can be used for
video conferencing via Apple's FaceTime app or a third-party video conferencing
app, such as Skype. The rear camera is 720p. And the front camera is
"VGA-quality" suitable for video and still photography. Cost ranges from $499
Thinner, lighter, and full of
Once you pick up iPad 2, it’ll be hard to put down. That’s the idea behind
the all-new design. It’s 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter, so it
feels even more comfortable in your hands.2 And it makes surfing the web,
checking email, watching movies, and reading books so natural, you might forget
there’s incredible technology under
Superfast graphics.Go, gamers, go.
With up to nine times the graphics performance, gameplay on iPad is even
smoother and more realistic. And faster graphics help apps perform better —
especially those with video. You’ll see it when you’re scrolling through your
photo library, editing video with iMovie, and viewing animations in Keynote.
Battery life keeps on going. So you can, too.
Even with the new thinner and lighter design, iPad has the same amazing
10-hour battery life.1 That’s enough juice for one flight across the ocean, or
one movie-watching all-nighter, or a week’s commute across town. The
power-efficient A5 chip and iOS keep battery life from fading away, so you can
get carried away.
Two cameras. And a big hello to FaceTime for iPad.
You’ll see two cameras on iPad — one on the front and one on the back. They
may be tiny, but they’re a big deal. They’re designed for FaceTime video
calling, and they work together so you can talk to your favorite people and see
them smile and laugh back at you.3 The front camera puts you and your friend
face-to-face. Switch to the back camera during your video call to share where
you are, who you’re with, or what’s going on around you. When you’re not using
FaceTime, let the back camera roll if you see something movie-worthy. It’s HD,
so whatever you shoot is a mini-masterpiece. And you can take wacky snapshots in
Photo Booth. It’s the most fun a face can have
Watch the iPad
Smart Cover video iPad Smart Cover. Designed for iPad. And vice versa.
iPad 2 and the iPad Smart Cover are made for each other. Literally.4 We designed
the iPad Smart Cover to work side-by-side with iPad — and on top and underneath
it, too. Smart magnetic technology built into each really pulls them together.
The iPad Smart Cover falls perfectly into place and stays put to protect your
iPad screen, yet doesn’t add bulk to its thin, light design. Open the Smart
Cover and your iPad wakes up instantly. Close it and your iPad goes to sleep
automatically. And here’s another smart part: It transforms into the perfect
movie-watching, game-playing, web-surfing stand. It comes in 10 bright colors —
including five in rich, aniline-dyed Italian leather. Choose your favorite, and
your iPad will be smart all around.
The view is amazing.
iPad is one big, beautiful display — 9.7 inches of high-resolution photos,
movies, web pages, books, and more. LED backlighting makes everything you see
remarkably crisp, vivid, and bright. Even in places with low light, like an
airplane. And there’s no wrong way to hold iPad. It’s designed to show off
everything in portrait and landscape, so with every turn (even upside down), the
display adjusts to fit. Because it uses a display technology called IPS
(in-plane switching), it has a wide, 178° viewing angle. Hold it up to someone
across the room, or share it with someone sitting next to you, and everyone gets
a brilliant view.
Everything’s at your fingertips.
Technology is at its best when it feels completely natural, almost like there’s
no technology at all. That’s Multi-Touch on iPad. You use your fingers to do
everything, so everything you do — surfing the web, typing email, reading books,
and swiping through photos — is easier and a lot more fun. How does it work?
When your fingers touch the display, it senses them using electrical fields.
Then it instantly transforms your taps, swipes, pinches, and flicks into
lifelike actions. Just like that.
The world’s most advanced mobile operating system.
iOS 4 is the operating system for iPad (along with iPhone and iPod touch). It
lets you browse, read, and see everything just by touching the screen. It
includes all the powerful, innovative, and fun built-in apps you use every day,
many times a day. And it’s the platform on which more than 65,000 other amazing
apps have been created for iPad. It’s highly secure, stable, and responsive, and
it’s made to work seamlessly with the iPad hardware. iOS 4 is the reason no
other device has yet come close to iPad.
The fun starts fast.
Pick up your iPad, press the Home button, and it wakes from sleep instantly.
That’s because iPad features fast, efficient, and reliable flash storage that
lets you access data quickly. So everything effortlessly springs to life.
Wi-Fi and 3G.
Two great ways to stay connected.
Every iPad is built with advanced 802.11n wireless technology. It automatically
finds Wi-Fi networks, which you can join with a few taps. iPad is also available
with 3G connectivity on either AT&T or Verizon Wireless networks. So if you’re
somewhere without Wi-Fi, such as outdoors on a camping trip or on the road, you
can still surf the web, check email, or get directions.5
iPad knows your every move.
With the built-in accelerometer, you can rotate iPad to portrait or
landscape, or even upside down, and whatever you’re watching, reading, or seeing
adjusts to fit the display. And now the accelerometer, three-axis gyroscope, and
compass all work together. They sense which direction iPad is heading and how
it’s moving. So games, maps, and other apps know your every twist, turn, tilt,
and 360. It’s an epic win for gaming. And it’s just the beginning of
better-than-ever iPad apps.
Your movie-photo-music stream.
All the great stuff on your iPad — your music, photos, and video — can now
stream wirelessly to your HDTV and speakers via AirPlay-enabled speakers or
Apple TV on a Wi-Fi network.6 With just a tap on the AirPlay icon, blast some
tunes, have a movie night, show off some photos, or watch YouTube. And go big.
What you do is what they see.
Video mirroring is new for iPad and for every app, web page, presentation,
video, movie, or photo you want to show a big audience. Just plug in the Apple
Digital AV Adapter or Apple VGA Adapter (sold separately) and your HDTV or
projector becomes a bigger version of your iPad. One plug, that’s it. Everyone
sees what’s on your display — even when you rotate iPad from portrait to
landscape or zoom in and out on photos.
AirPrint. Print everything wirelessly.
Print your email, photos, web pages, and documents right from your iPad over
Wi-Fi.7 There’s no software to download, no drivers to install, and no cables to
connect. With just a few taps, you can go from viewing something on the iPad
screen to holding a printed copy.