line of tablet computers developed by Apple

The iPad is a small tablet computer made by Apple Inc. Apple first showed it on January 27, 2010. It is larger than a smartphone and smaller than a laptop computer. It has a multiple touch interface (use two or more fingers to do certain things). It is different than a laptop in that it doesn't have a keyboard. Instead, it has a "virtual keyboard" using the touch screen, and a physical keyboard can be added. It doesn't have Adobe Flash. This keeps it from crashing, but some websites will not display correctly. Until iOS 9, also you cannot have multiple windows open at the same time and drag and drop things between them.

DeveloperApple Inc.
TypeTablet computer
Release date
Depends on model
Depends on model
Units sold500 million (as of 2020)[5]
Operating systemiOS (2010–2019)[6]
iPadOS (2019–present)[6]
ConnectivityWiFi and cellular
Online services
Related articlesiPhone, iPod Touch (Comparison)

Apple made an early version of a tablet computer in 1993 called the Newton MessagePad. It had similar functions to the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad except it didn't have advanced things like the internet or a voice program. Apple stopped making Newtons in 1998.

Apple re-entered the mobile device market in 2007 when the iPhone was released. Some of the iPhone's features are based on the Newton.

By the end of 2009, rumors about the iPad had been around for several years, and on January 27, 2010 Steve Jobs announced the iPad. It was not the first tablet to be sold, but it was the first one to sell in large numbers. It also was the first one that was controlled almost entirely by fingers touching the screen. Many of the earlier tablets (and PDAs, or personal digital assistants) used a lot of buttons or a stylus to control the tablet.

The first generation iPad was able to be bought in the United States in April 2010 and most of the rest of the world within several months.

As of 2021, Apple sold more than 425 million iPads.[8]

Later models change

Frontside of the iPad and iPad Pro
Backside of the iPad and iPad Pro

Apple announced the iPad 2 on March 2, 2011 and it was released on March 11, 2011. It had a new sleeker design and had a front and back video camera. It was also a lot thinner and had curved edges because people were complaining that the first gen iPad made their hands sore.

On March 16, 2012 Apple released the iPad 3. It kept the iPad 2's design but was slightly thicker and was the first iPad to have a retina screen for a sharper picture. It has 50% more pixels than a standard HDTV screen.

On November 2, 2012, Apple released the iPad 4 which featured an A6 processor, a new connector called Lightning which replaces the old 30 pin dock connector, and an updated FaceTime camera. They also released a new iPad called the iPad Mini which featured a 7.9 inch screen instead of the normal 9.7 inch screen, though it didn't have a retina display.[9]

On October 22, 2013, the new iPad Air was announced which looked like the iPad Mini but still had the full size screen. It also had the newer A7 processor that the iPhone 5s had. At the same time, a new version of the iPad mini was announced that had the better Retina display.

On October 16, 2014, the iPad Air 2 was announced along with the iPad Mini 3. The iPad Air 2 has a thinner design than the iPad Air and has new features, such as a better camera and a Touch ID fingerprint reader. The iPad Mini 3 has the same design as the iPad Mini 2, but has a better camera and also has the Touch ID fingerprint reader that the iPad Air 2 has.

On September 9, 2015, Apple announced a new version of the iPad, the iPad Pro Archived 2023-01-24 at the Wayback Machine. It comes with either a 12.9 inch and a 9.7 inch screen and the A9X processor. Apple made a hardware keyboard that plugs into its side, and a stylus pen, the Apple Pencil, that can be used to draw on the screen as if it was a piece of paper.

On October 30, 2018, Apple announced the new update to their iPad Pro line. The update showcased the thinnest iPad ever, at 5.7mm thin, an improved processor, dubbed the A12X processor, a larger screen (12.9-in and 11-in), and Face ID Archived 2023-01-24 at the Wayback Machine support. The screen uses Apple's all new liquid LED technology, first seen in the 2018 released iPhone XR. The new iPad Pro's also came with a slew of accessories, including a brand new Smart Keyboard Archived 2023-01-24 at the Wayback Machine, Apple Pencil (2nd generation), and multiple cases. Apple also changed the charging system from their long used Lighting connector, for a USB-C charger. Apple's new iPad Pro line come in two sizes.

On September 14, 2021, Apple announced the new update to their iPad mini line. The update showcased shows redesigned tablet just like iPad Air (4th generation). The iPad mini has new 8.3-in display and have Touch ID Archived 2023-01-24 at the Wayback Machine in power button like iPad Air (4th generation) and Apple Pencil (2nd generation) support.

On March 8, 2022, Apple announced the new update to their iPad Air Archived 2023-01-24 at the Wayback Machine line. The update showcased shows same design as iPad Air (4th veneration) in 2020 but there flew changes like new camera now 12 MP front and 12 MP rear with Center stage and new M1 chip like iPad Pro (5th generation) Archived 2023-01-24 at the Wayback Machine. There is new color five available: Blue, Purple, Starlight, Space Grey, and Pink.

Apple announced the sixth-generation iPad Pro Archived 2023-01-24 at the Wayback Machine and 10th-generation iPad Archived 2023-01-24 at the Wayback Machine on October 18, 2022, with both to be available October 26. The new iPad Pro features Apple's M2 processor, the same one used in the company's most recent Macs. The largest changes, however, came to the base iPad line.[10] First, the new iPad has a 10.9-inch screen, the same size as that found in the current iPad Air. It also replaces the Lightning connector with USB-C, and removes the Home button, replacing it with Touch ID as part of the power button (the same setup used in the current Air). Perhaps the biggest change is in camera placement. The 10th-generation iPad is the first model in the iPad range with its front-facing camera on the device's long edge. Despite having a USB-C port, it lacks support for the second-generation Apple Pencil. The first-generation Apple Pencil, which is supported, cannot be charged directly from a 10th-generation iPad because that Pencil has only the Lightning connector. All new shipments of the first-generation Pencil include a Lightning-to-USB-C adapter to allow charging from a 10th-generation iPad. The 9th-generation iPad was not immediately discontinued; Apple still sells that model alongside the 10th generation at a lower price.

All iPads, like most of Apple Inc.'s products, are made in China, and designed by Apple in California.

Timeline of iPod models and related products

Apple Watch Series 7Apple Watch Series 6Apple Watch SEApple Watch Series 5Apple Watch Series 4Apple Watch Series 3Apple Watch Series 2Apple Watch Series 1Apple Watch (1st generation)Apple TV#6th generation (4K)Apple TV#5th generation (4K)Apple TV#4th generation (HD)Apple TV#3rd generationApple TV#2nd generationApple TV#1st generationiPad Pro (5th generation)iPad Pro (4th generation)iPad Pro (3rd generation)iPad Pro (2nd generation)iPad Pro (1st generation)iPad Mini (2021)iPad Mini (2019)iPad Mini 4iPad Mini 3iPad Mini 2iPad Mini (1st generation)iPad Air (2022)iPad Air (2020)iPad Air (2019)iPad Air 2iPad AiriPad (2021)iPad (2020)iPad (2019)iPad (2018)iPad (2017)iPad (4th generation)iPad (3rd generation)iPad 2iPad (1st generation)iPhone 5CiPhone SE (3rd generation)iPhone 13 ProiPhone 13iPhone 12 ProiPhone 12iPhone SE (2nd generation)iPhone 11 ProiPhone 11iPhone XRiPhone XSiPhone XiPhone 8iPhone 7iPhone SE (1st generation)iPhone 6SiPhone 6iPhone 5SiPhone 5iPhone 4SiPhone 4iPhone 3GSiPhone 3GiPhone (1st generation)iPod Touch#7th generationiPod Touch#6th generationiPod Touch#5th generationiPod Touch#4th generationiPod Touch#3rd generationiPod Touch#2nd generationiPod Touch#1st generationiPod Classic#6th generationiPod Classic#5th generationiPod Classic#iPod With Color Display)iPod PhotoiPod Classic#4th generationiPod Classic#3rd generationiPod Classic#2nd generationiPod Classic#1st generationiPod Nano#7th generationiPod Nano#6th generationiPod Nano#5th generationiPod Nano#4th generationiPod Nano#3rd generationiPod Nano#2nd generationiPod Nano#1st generationiPod MiniiPod MiniiPod Shuffle#4th generationiPod Shuffle#3rd generationiPod Shuffle#2nd generationiPod Shuffle#1st generation
Sources: Apple press release library,[11] Mactracker Apple Inc. model database[12]

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