What is an iPad? The essentials explained

What is an iPad? Simple answer: it’s a cross between a smartphone and a laptop, at least in size and weight. An iPad is classified as a tablet and is designed and marketed by Apple. It has a multi-touch screen, which means that it has the ability to recognize the presence of two or more points of contact (the fingertips) with the surface. This makes it very easy to do things like resize photos on the screen. You can easily access a wide range of content such as: books, movies, music, games and all kinds of web content. The iPad launched in April 2010, and within three months Apple had sold more than three million units. During 2010 almost 15 million iPads were sold worldwide. These huge worldwide sales were due to the fact that businessmen and all kinds of professionals liked the iPad almost as much as all the media junkies it was made for.

The weight of the iPad is approximately twenty-five ounces, making it much easier to transport than a laptop. iPad connects to the web using Wi-Fi or 3G, allowing users to search the web, stream video and music of their choice, and run many kinds of software. The iPad is also incredibly easy to manage and “sync” with your computer.

In April 2011, Apple released a new version of the iPad and called it the iPad 2. During the last quarter of 2011, Apple sold more than 15 million iPad 2s.

So what’s the difference between an iPad and a Pad 2?

Well, here are the main features of the iPad 2.

iPad 2:

  1. it is thinner and weighs less.
  2. comes with a choice of two colors – black and white
  3. It has a dual-core processor for faster performance and quicker response
  4. has improved graphics to make gaming more fun
  5. has an improved Internet browser. The iPad uses a browser called ‘Safari’
  6. allows the user to control apps and games by moving the iPad itself. This setup is known as a 3-axis gyroscope.
  7. It comes with two cameras that can record HD video. One of the cameras is located on the front and the other on the back of the device.
  8. allows the user to make video calls to another ‘i’ device
  9. can now be connected to an HDTV to play videos or photos

The world now awaits the arrival (in fact it has already arrived) of the… you guessed it, iPad 3, or as Apple prefers to call it; the new iPad.

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