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Meaning of iPad

Updated on January 3, 2014
iPad Mini
iPad Mini

What is the Meaning of iPad? You probably most have asked this question especially if you are not familiar with tablet Computers. iPad is a tablet Computer owned and manufactured by Apple incorporated. The first iPad was released in the month of April, 2010 with a high success story with respect to market reception.

The idea behind the choice of the name iPad is in alignment with Apple choice of nomenclature for its products and gadgets. Hence the letter “i” is customary to Apple electronic devices portraying a personalised Apple experience and a dominant feature on the internet.

iPad has seen up to four generation after the release of the first iPad. The mindset is the development of a World class tablet PC to serve as e-Book reader, video streaming, audio player, games, movies, recording, internet surfing, mobile TV and a Cellular telephoning medium. It online services include iTune store, App Store, iCloud, iBookstore etc.

Apple achieved a milestone, an unprecedented breakthrough in the tablet computer market. Apart from the fact that Apple pioneered Tablet Computer coming into limelight recently, the iOS platform which is basically the Operating System in all Apple devices is peculiar and out classed most of its competitors.


iPad 1
iPad 1

Categories of Apple iPad

The iPad series have seen a number of generations. These can be discussed as follows:

First Generation iPad

The first generation iPad came with Apple A4 CPU clocking at 1GHz. The 256 DDR RAM. The 9.7inch touch screen display (1024 × 768 px 132 PPI 4:3 aspect ratio). Internal storage is 16, 32 and 64GB. It however did not have a camera. It came in two variants. The Wi-Fi model and the Wi-Fi + 3G model.

The market reception was very high as over 3million was sold within the first 80days. This was a huge market success. The manufacturing of first generation iPad has been discontinued as a result of the subsequent generations with greater features.

iPad 2
iPad 2

Second Generation iPad (iPad 2)

The second generation iPad came into the market in the month of March, 2011. It was a continuation of the success story of the First iPad. iPad2 was launched with Apple Dua core A5 CPU at 1GHz. This was far better than the first generation iPad in terms of processing speed.

The RAM is 512 DDR2 and the internal storage is 16, 32 and 64GB. The screen is 7inch multi-touch display. It has two variants, the Wi-Fi model and the Wi-Fi+ 3G model. The screen resolution is 1024 × 768 px 132 PPI 4:3 aspect ratio and Bluetooth 2.1. It has 720p rear facing camera and a front camera. It equally had a huge market success with over 70% share in the tablet computer market as at the fourth quarter of 2011.

iPad 3
iPad 3 | Source

Third Generation iPad (iPad 3)

The third generation iPad is 9.7inch multi-touch screen display is popularly called iPad3. It was released in the month of March, 2012. It was a further improvement in the Apple experience. It was launched with a Dual Core A5X Processor and a Quad Core graphics. It has 1GB DDR2 RAM and internal storage capacity of 16, 32 and 64GB. The camera at the rear is 1080p and a front facing camera. It has a retina display with a screen resolution of 2048×1536 px 264 PPI and Bluetooth 4.0.

It has two models, the Wi-Fi model and the Cellular model. iPad 3 took Apple further in terms of market dominance as the success story kept growing.


iPad 4
iPad 4

Fouth Generation iPad (iPad 4)

Fourth generation iPad is tagged iPad 4. It was released in the month of November, 2012. It was launched with Apple A6X Chip at 1.4GHz. It show cases Apple iOS 6.0.1. It is a 9.7inch multi-touch retina display screen with a resolution of 2,048 × 1,536 px at 264 ppi with a 4:3 aspect ratio. The internal storage are 16, 32 64 and 128GB.

iPad 4 took the iPad experience yet further as it possesses peculiarities that is not traditional to other ipads before it. It has two variants, the Wi-Fi model and the Wi-Fi + Cellular model with LTE. It came with twice the processing speed of its predecessors.


It was launched alongside with iPad mini and both had a very successful market reception as over 3millionn was sold before the end of the second week of released. Its production has been discontinued with the launch of the fifth generation iPad.

iPad Air
iPad Air

Fifth Generation iPad( iPad Air)

The fifth generation iPad (iPad Air) succeed iPad 4 Mini (first generation). Although it was announced on 22ndOctober, 2013 alongside with iPad Mini(second generation), it was formally released on November 1, 2013. iPad Air is ultra slim device, a great departure from its predecessors- about 28% lighter in weight than iPad 4.

It showcases Apple iOS 7.0.4 with all its peculiarities with respect to improvement in speed, camera, greater retina display, better battery life etc. Although light in weight but durable and tough due to it mental construction. iPad Air is attractive if not the most attractive tablet at the moment.

Its CPU is 1.4 GHz dual core Apple Cyclone. RAM is 1GB LPDDR3. 9.7 inches retina display (multi-touch with back lightening), finger print and scratch resistance screen interface. As it is customary of the iPad series, it has two variants: the Wi-Fi model and the Wi-Fi plus cellular model maintaining the same internal storage classifications peculiar to iPad 4. Its rear camera is 1080p, HD still and Video camera. 5MP,30fps and 5x digital zoom. While the front camera is 1.2 MP still 720p Video.

I think the foregoing gave a succinct meaning of iPad. iPad experience in itself is a dynamic one. So this review is a continuous one.

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