- 1 A Return to Tablets
- 2 From Concept to Triumph
- 3 Features Revisited
- 4 Power Up
- 5 Late to the Party: The Camera
- 6 Siri Arrived Late Too!
- 7 Crystal Clear
- 8 Find It In the Cloud
- 9 Let the Games and Tasks Begin!
- 10 For Your Reading Pleasure
- 11 Customize Through the App Store
- 12 Life Now Gets Carried Away
- 13 Fix Your iPad Problems
A Return to Tablets
While certainly a vast improvement from the unwieldy stone tablets of ancient times, the world has embraced a return to the days of tablet use. This time around, it was Apple’s iPad that became an instant sensation as the mobile electronic tablet that has knocked others out of the spotlight.
From Concept to Triumph
Riding on the heels of the iPhone’s phenomenal success, the iPad made its colossal debut in 2010. Apple’s development of a tablet had commenced several years earlier, but the late Steve Jobs tabled the project in a quest to develop and market the iPhone. The worldwide success of the iPhone as the pioneer example of touch screen capability and computer portability, coupled with a new obsession of reading books on an electronic reading device, paved the way to the finish line where the first generation iPad was unveiled and then became available for sale on April 3, 2010.
Despite the fact that the iPad was initially only available through Apple’s online store and in Apple retail stores across the United States, a record-breaking 300,000 units were sold during its first day on the market. In only one month, one million iPads had been sold, and within two more months, that number tripled. By fall of that year, the iPad was available to consumers in countries throughout the world.
By the close of 2012, the fourth generation iPad was introduced to the market. As with the iPhone, each incarnation offers more advanced capabilities and new features to captivate anticipating audiences. Weeks after the release of the fourth generation iPad, the iPad mini joined the market to offer customers a smaller version whose physical size mimicked that of other popular electronic readers.
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When it comes to the hardware behind the iPad’s genius, many of the features seem somewhat familiar. This is due to the fact that we have already been introduced to similar variations of them in the iPhone.
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Like the iPhone, the iPad is powered with Apple’s iOS operating system. As with Apple’s desktop computer operating systems, iOS is intuitive and fun for easy navigation through applications. The fourth generation iPad runs on Apple’s A6X chip and dual core processor. Its built-in lithium ion polymer battery is easily rechargeable. Wi-Fi and LTE maximize Internet connection and speed. Bluetooth capability allows the use of wireless accessories such as ear buds, headsets and keyboards with the iPad. The increased power of the iPad led to a redesign of many of the iPhone’s Apple applications to make the iPad a superior performer.
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Late to the Party: The Camera
One of the most notable improvements made in the second generation iPad was the addition of the camera. The 5-megapixel camera has the ability to shoot pictures and video from the front or the rear of the tablet. The rear camera feature is typically used for video chats with the Face Time application and for shooting portraits of oneself.
Siri Arrived Late Too!
Siri, the artificial intelligence on-board assistant that is voice activated to respond to the user’s queries, was not included with the original iPad. Siri was not introduced into the iPad until the third generation’s debut.
The iPad screen is nearly ten inches and offers retina display for the sharpest and most vivid images. By rotating the tablet, the screen display can be viewed in either portrait or landscape orientations.
Find It In the Cloud
The iCloud feature enables the user to synchronize storage of photographs, documents, videos, contacts, appointments and notes with other Apple devices for later retrieval from an iPhone, laptop or desktop computer.
Let the Games and Tasks Begin!
As with the iPhone, the iPad comes out of the package with some of the most popular applications to beckon instant enjoyment. Some of these applications include Safari for Internet browsing, Mail, Messages, Photos, iTunes and Music.
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For Your Reading Pleasure
One of the most notable gems of iPad’s included lineup of applications is iBooks. The application turns the iPad into an electronic reading device. It also serves as an online bookstore, offering thousands of titles available for download. Like most electronic readers, downloaded books are then stored on the iBook’s virtual library shelves.
Customize Through the App Store
The App Store is also included with the iPad. This is Apple’s online shopping mecca for every application one can ever want or need, from word processing and photograph editing programs to the latest games and recipe collections. If the user craves a way to add fun, utility, better living, education or shopping to his or her life, there is an app for that.
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Life Now Gets Carried Away
Thanks to the mobility and functionality of the iPad, everything that needs to be accessed and accomplished is at one’s fingertips. The sleek, lightweight design and powerful, vast capabilities have made Apple’s iPad the most coveted mobile tablet device in the world today.