The iPad Makes its Mark
In the Beginning…
Mobile computing in the form of tablet computers, is making its mark in the 21st Century. The iPad, developed and designed by Apple Inc., is at the forefront of this technological movement. The iPad descended on the unsuspecting general population in April 2010 and promptly sold 14.8 million units worldwide, by the end of that same year.
The iPad’s main focus is that of an audio-visual outlet for web browsing, book reading, movie watching, and game playing amongst other multi-media activities – which it has in common with the majority of tablet PCs on the market. However it initially differed greatly from its competitors, in that it employed a multi-touch display, like the iPhone, whilst its competitors were still using a stylus method, for the most part. It also boasted an onscreen keyboard instead of a bulky physical one. Talk about improved portability!
The product is extremely user-friendly. It is produced in Wi-Fi and cellular models, allowing the user to access online services via local are networks as well as via the Internet.
The touchscreen display provides greater versatility and incorporates fingerprint and scratch-resistant technology found in the iPhone. The in-house applications, pre-installed on the iPad, support all four orientations, which is handy when picking up the tablet upside-down.
The built-in camera, introduced on the later models, is of low quality for still-pictures and there are two, one front facing and one rear facing. However the cameras can interface with iPhone 4 and other communication gadgets for video messaging.
It comes with Bluetooth technology that enables the user to pair wireless headphones and keyboards to the device.
iPad – Generation I
Launched in April 2010, this revolutionary computer product took the Apple community and worldwide PC world by storm. It came with the iOS 3.2 operating system in a 9.7inch display screen. With a 1GHz processor and 256MB of memory, it perfectly bridged the gap between mobile phones and personal computers. This initial model was only available in black.
IPad 2 – Generation II
Released in March 2011 and referred to simply as iPad 2, the second-generation tablet PC has a vastly improved operating system, the iOS 4.3. This model was re-invented to include a frequency of 250MHz and 512MB of RAM memory. It underwent a bit of redesign on the outside, reducing its depth to 8.8mm as opposed to 13.4mm on the original iPad. It also had the honor of being offered in a white bezel color or its original black.
IPad 3 – Generation III
The current reincarnation of the iPad was unveiled on March 16, 2012. Its design on the outside was as sleek and novel as the iPad 2. However the display screen resolution was upped to 2048×1536 pixels, in order match the demand for quality viewing. The processor was given a hefty upgrade to the dual-core Apple A5X processor. In order to keep in line with all of the improvements the memory was doubled from 512MB in the iPad 2, to 1GB (gigabyte). It also came with the operating system iOS 5.1 as standard.
How iPad is Taking Over the World
The iPad is poised to replace other computer products, like the laptop PC, and has been recognized as one of the “50 Best Inventions in 2010” by Time Magazine.
It has even started to make its mark on the corporate business world. Many legal firms and doctor’s offices use the product to collate and communicate information away from the desk or office. The FAA recently allowed the iPad to be used in airplane cockpits in an attempt to cut down on paper consumption. The airline industry has been quick to avail itself of this tool, not only in the cockpit but also in the cabins, where passengers can access the inflight media via a iPad application.
iBook is an iPad application that gives the user the ability to download books from the iBookstore. Other media outlets, such as newspapers have quickly seized the opportunity to produce a daily publication specifically for iPad users.
Is There Room for an Improved iPad 4?
The iPad 3 has barely hit the shelves and Apple iPad enthusiasts are hankering after a new and improved iPad 4. Some complaints concerning the most recent offering range from, “still to bulky and cumbersome” to a need for more storage, If the Apple dynasty and Steve Jobs’ legacy are anything to go by, iPad devotees are assured nothing short of the best.
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