About the iPad

It’s as if it was only a few years ago when consumers first laid eyes on wireless cellular phones. People raved about it, especially since they weren’t limited anymore to picking up calls at home or in offices. They were liberated, only to find themselves being introduced to more advancement in mobile technology through upgraded features like texting, 3G and currently the touch screen/QWERTY keys revolution. How far have the industry gone now?

You can let Mac products speak for themselves. Although there are quite a number of brands that are at par, there is no doubt that Apple has been brewing up pioneering products all along. One proof was the launch of their iPad last April 2010.

The tablet has stirred consumer anticipation before it came out of the market. Speculations were building up while people waited for the launch and they couldn’t stop talking about it. Yes, it was that controversial to say the least. When it finally came out, other expectations were unmet and the product had mixed reviews. It is understandable that every product specification will fall under either the pros or cons. The appreciation for several functions may highly depend on what purpose an owner is using a gadget for.

What is an iPad?

The bar has been set by the release of iPad, a tablet that allows for a great audiovisual experience whether with HD movies, web content and games among others. It has the same operating system as the iTouch/iPhone and is in league with smartphones and notebook laptops in terms of its size and weight.

Unlike tablets which require the use of stylus pens for navigation on the surface, the iPad has a multitouch display and has a built in virtual keyboard. Thus with the absence of physical keys, the all screen appearance is sleek. The syncing and management of data is through iTunes, with the use of personal computers and a USB cable for transferring files.

iPad History

Newton MessagePad 100 was the first tablet computer that was made and released in the market by Apple way back in 1993. After several prototypes and modified products, the production and selling of such units were stopped by 1998. It was only nine years later in 2007 when they made a comeback in the mobile scene with the first ever release of iPhone.

Some consumers by late 2009 still had speculations about a release of a new tablet under the names iSlate or iTablet. Finally, Steve Jobs confirmed and put the rumors to rest on the 27th of January, 2010. Also, he relayed that the iPhone was only developed after the iPad, but they set aside the latter with the realization that its functions and features were applicable in a mobile phone.

Then by March 2010, Apple opened the per-ordering period for US customers. The first day that it was made available to the public, 300,000 units were already sold, and later on, a total of more than 15 million units worldwide, first gen. The sale of Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi+3G versions followed in April of the same year.