Apple Ipad

The iPad is manufactured by Apple and is a tablet computer which was designed and developed by the company. It is primarily marketed towards being a platform for audio and visual media. The iPad in particular is specialised in displaying books, periodicals, movies, music, games and also web content. The product weighs around 1.5 pounds and it is the size and weight of most contemporary smartphones and laptop computers. This Apple iPad was launched to market in April 2010 and sole 3 million units within 80 days.

The operating system which is used on the platform is the same as on the iPod Touch and the iPhone. It can operate its own applications as well as one which have been developed for the iPhone. Similar to other Apple products, the iPad is operated through the multitouch display, this is seen as a move away from the conventional tablet computer which usually uses a keyboard. The screen is a touchscreen display which is 1024 x 768 pixels. The glass on the display is also finger print resistant and also scratch resistant. The iPad is designed to be controlled with bare fingers, normal gloves and styli that prevent electrical conductivity may not be used. The tablet can use Wi Fi network trilateration from Skyhook Wireless to provide location information to application such as Google Maps. There is also a 3G model which contains A- GPS to allow its position to be calculated with GPS.

Two internal speakers are featured on the iPad, these are able to push mono sound through two small sealed channels to the three audio ports carved into the bottom right of the unit. There is also a volume switch which is located on the right hand side of the unit. A rechargeable lithium ion polymer battery is located within the iPad. It is claimed that the battery can last for up to 10 hours of video, 140 hours of audio playback or one month on standby. Just like any other battery technology, the iPadís LiPo battery loses capacity over time. There are different internal storage sizes available on the iPad, these include 16, 32, or 64 GB flash drives. All of the data is stored on the flash drive and this therefore means there is not any option to extend the storage capacity.

Apple also sells a camera connection kit which offers a SD card reader, although this can only be used for the transfer of photos and videos. There are numerous software applications included on the iPad, these include Safari, Mail, Photos, Video, YouTube, iPod, iTunes, App Store, iBooks, Maps, Notes, Calendar, Contacts and Spotlight Search.

The iPad is also capable of syncing with Mac or Windows PC. Just like numerous other Apple products, the iPad can be jailbroken which means applications and programs can be downloaded without the authorisation of Apple. Although once jailbroken, the iPadís warranty becomes void.

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