The iPad is an Apple product, and represents a type of tablet computer. It is useful for reading books, newspapers, watching movies, listening to music, playing games, surfing the web, and so on. When it comes to its size, it is bigger than a regular smart phone, but smaller than a laptop computer. The Apple operating system iOS is installed, as with the iPod Touch and the iPhone, and all applications that are available for iPhone are compatible for the iPad as well. In addition, there are applications that are only iPad compatible.
There are three iPad generations, first, second and third. The first generation of iPad was launched in early March 2010. At the beginning, it was only available for pre-ordering, and it had no connectivity options. That version became available on the 3 April, when the Wi-Fi version came out. By the end of the month, Apple made a deal with the biggest American mobile operator AT&T to provide 3G services for the iPad users. At first, the traffic included was 250MB, but a few months later AT&T changed their minds and cut the limit, with users now enjoying unlimited browsing. The second generation of iPad, or iPad 2, was presented a year after, in March 2011. Visibly thinner than the previous generation, the iPad 2 also had a faster processor. Two cameras were present (front and back), and the battery lasted for about 10 hours, just as with the iPad 1. The third generation of iPad came out a year after the second, in March 2012. The processor is of the A5X type, which supports the four-core graphics chip. Compared to the previous releases, where Wi-Fi and 3G versions were available, the new iPad 2 offers the 4GE LTE version instead of the 3G.
Much like the iPhone, the iPad as well runs only software that can be found at the Apple App store. As we mentioned before, almost all applications that are written for iPhone are compatible with the iPad. However, because the iPad has a larger screen, sometimes the interface of the applications is zoomed, to comply with the iPad display. The iPhone Software development kit is used to develop applications for iPhone. The version of the operating system was labeled as 3.2, with Apple people releasing a statement that the 4.2 version will be available in a few months. That happened toward the end of November 2010.
Many applications are already installed on the iPad upon purchase, among them being Safari, YouTube, iPod, iTunes, Photos, Mail, Video, the app store, Maps, and so on. In addition, the Contacts, Notes, Maps, and Calendar applications are also included. The iPad is not a phone, but you can use a headset if you want to make phone calls. That can be made via the Wi-Fi network connectivity option or via the 3G using a specialized voice over IP (VOIP) application. A thing worth mentioning is that the iWork suite, which was originally designed for Macintosh laptops, is also available for iPad.
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