The first ever Apple iPad was released by Apple on April, 2010. It was an instant hit with over 3 million devices sold within first 80 days while over 14.8 million devices sold around the globe. The credit to its success goes to Apple brand name and its previous mega successes like Mac Notebook, iPod and iPhone. The stats itself tell the story how popular Apple is.
The 2nd release of iPad is called Apple iPad 2 and it was a hit as well which arrived in market on March 2011, both the devices have 1GHz processor. Apple A4 in iPad and Apple A5 in iPad 2. Memory in First Gen is 256 and 512 in 2nd Gen. The devices comes with iOS and Graphics Cards, Camera and Wi-Fi connectivity along with Bluetooth also.
After the first release of Apple iPad, many other companies like Acer, Samsung, Dell etc started releasing their similar touch pad devices. We can say that just like Apple’s iPhone, the iPad started a new technology war between many Hardware making companies and hence started the Patent war as well.
Recently Apple released an Ad showing What is iPad? You can see this Ad from Apple website here.
iPad is basically a mix of Laptop and a smart phone. Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs wanted the device to be at least 10 inch display because according to him, a 7 inch display would have been very small to display and express the software.
Similar to iPhone, this device is multitouch and uses Capacitive liquid display. So this means that it is controlled via fingers and not with styli or pen. Although there comes special style and gloved made for these kind of display screens.
iPad comes with a SIM slot as well and it feels like a laptop, which fulfills the latop+cellphone feel. Many new applications are developed every day and the Software industry have grown a lot after the release of iPad and similar devices. Release of such devices means more and more advancement in technology and resulting in more technology jobs as well.
This device syncs with Windows or Mac if it contains iTunes. Also the new iCloud technology supports iPad as well. Several application of iPad are enhanced version of applications that were available in iPhone and Mac. Few of these applications include YouTube, iPod, App Store, iTunes, Notes, Maps, iBooks and Spotlight Search.
Just like iPhone, this can be Jailbroken as well. Because Apple is very strict on its applications and most are paid apps therefore hackers are forced to release jailbreak methods to be able to install Cydia and other pirated apps.
The iPad is used a lot in our life, such as in office workplaces it is linked to the goal of increasing productivity, reduced paperwork and ease of carry, compared to laptops. All these helping to increase the mobile-office application market especially in North America and Europe.
In internet many blogs, forums and iPad forum etc have been created and people discus and express further enhancements, jailbreak methods, development, games and other issues related to this device.
In education iPad serves several enhanced methods for students and especially for homeschooling. It is also considered a helping tool for children with autism. Similarly it is helpful in Sports industry with players watching tactics etc with more ease and in Travel industry with Alaska Airlines becoming first airline to replace paper manuals of pilots with Apple’s iPads (Howzzat?)