Apple's iPad: A Multimedia Tablet
The "i" prefix is widely known all over the world and invariably associated with Apple Inc which released the iPhone, the iPod and the iPad. The iPad is the fruit of the latest Apple device conception carrying the "i" prefix.
The digital evolution has led to tablet computers that are mobile touch screen computers operated by touching their displays instead of using keyboards. A stylus pen is used for typing with a virtual keyboard shown on the screen. The iPad belongs to such a category of modern devices. Since its release in 2010 the Apple tablet computer has become a stunning commercial success and is now considered as a highly stylish device.
Being positioned as a multi-task multimedia device, the iPad offers the highest quality and a great set of functions including music, movies, books, periodicals, apps and Internet browsing. Judging by its weight and size, the device takes a middle place between laptop computers and smartphones. A version of iOS, an operating system designed by Apple and used on all other i-devices, is also pre-installed on the iPad. It means that the iPad features total application compatibility with them. A user can install only Apple's apps from the Apple App Store and those approved by the company unless he has a developer certificate or performs modification. But there is an exception applied to programs launched within the Pad's Internet browser.
A touch screen with a multi-touch function is an integral part of the Apple's tablet. It is fitted with a Wi-Fi and cellular modules. Therefore, a user can have access to the Internet via Wi-Fi in the places where such a possibility is provided; a user also can receive and answer calls. A 3G or 4G technology is available depending on the iPad generation. The tablet features iTunes many people find it unpleasant and uncomfortable to work with. But starting from iOS 5, it is no more necessary to use this program.
The Ipad's life lasts for three generations already. More than two years have passed since Steve Jobs announced the iPad on January 27, 2010. It is interesting to note that on the first day of sales more than 300,000 devices were bought by Apple's fans. The original iPad had no Wi-Fi or cellular functions. They were added later in the April of 2010.
The iPad 2 is notable for 10 hours of operation thanks to a lithium-ion polymer battery. The device is fitted with a dual core Apple A5 processor and has two cameras: a VGA front-facing camera and a 720p rear-facing one, which provide FaceTime video calling. Initially three storage sizes (6, 32 and 64 GB) and two connectivity options (only Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + cellular) were available. However, after the release of the third-generation iPad only the 16-GB configuration with any of the two connectivity options is available. There are two color options: a white or black front glass panel.
As it has been expected, the iPad 3 has turned out to be an improved version of its predecessor. The third-generation Apple's tablet was released on March 16, 2012. The device got many positive reviews thanks to a new Retina display on which a human eye can't see pixelation. Moreover, the heart of the iPad 3 is the new Apple A5X chip fitted with a quad-core GPU. A 5 megapixel camera allows taking high-quality photos and provides HD 1080p video recording. Thanks to the 4G technology a user can enjoy perfect phone and Internet connection. With Siri you can use your voice for managing the device by posing questions and asking for intelligent personal assistant's recommendations. Storage sizes are 16, 32, and 64 GB, connectivity options are only Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + cellular including 4G (LTE) in some areas.