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The Apple iPad

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First Generation iPad – The original iPad was the first tablet computer from Apple. It is a flat, rectangular computer with a large, 9.7-inch touchscreen on its face and a home button at the bottom center of its face.

It comes in six models - 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB, with or without 3G connectivity (provided in the U.S. by AT&T on the first generation iPad, AT&T or Verizon on the iPad 2). All models offer Wi-Fi.

The iPad runs a version of the iPhone operating system and, as a result, can run programs from the App Store. It allows existing apps to upscale their size to fill its entire screen (newer apps can be written to fit its larger dimensions). Like the iPhone and iPod touch, the iPad's screen supports a multitouch interface that allows users to select items onscreen by tapping them, move them by dragging, and zoom in and out of content by pinching.

The iPad is the first Apple product to employ the A4, a new processor developed by Apple.

The iPad was a major success, selling 300,000 units on its first day, and ultimately close to 19 million units before its successor, the iPad 2, was introduced.

iPad Specs

Apple A4, 1 Ghz


Screen Size
9.7 inches

Screen Resolution
1024 x 768

Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
802.11n Wi-Fi
3G cellular


Battery Life
10 hours use
1 month standby

9.56 inches tall x 7.47 inches wide x 0.5 inches thick

1.5 pounds


Introduced: Jan. 27, 2010
On sale: late March 2010
Discontinued: March 2011

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