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Definition: iPad


(1) See also iPod (Apple's music player).

(2) A very popular tablet from Apple, introduced in April 2010. The iPad's iOS operating system and user interface are like the iPod touch and iPhone; however, because of the larger screen, iPads are able to replace a laptop for many purposes. All iPads come with Wi-Fi, and cellular access is optional.

iPad Pro
Pro models are top of the line. Initially available with a 12.9" screen. smaller models came later (see iPad Pro).

iPad Air
In 2013, the iPad Air was named to reflect its light weight, but subsequent non-Air models became just as light. The Air was discontinued until 2019 (see iPad Air).

iPad mini
With a 7.9" screen, mini models are always the smallest in the iPad line (see iPad mini).

Hundreds of Thousands of iPhone Apps
Apps written for the iPad take advantage of the larger screen, but the iPad runs most iPhone apps intact and can display them at twice their original size. See tablet and iPed.




The First iPads
Prior to the iPad, tablets had come and gone, but like the iPhone, the iPad "upset the Apple cart" again. Today, iPads are mainstream, along with Android and Windows tablets. (Image courtesy of Apple Inc.)


 CURRENT MODELS
                      Weight  Max.
 Gen (Year) Resolution (lbs) Storage CPU

 12.9" Pro
 3  (2018)  2732x2048  1.39   1TB   A12X

 11" Pro
 1  (2018)  2388x1668  1.03   1TB   A12X

 10.5" Air
 3  (2019)  2224x1668  1.00  256GB  A12

 9.7" iPad
 5  (2017)  2048x1536  1.03  128GB  A10

 7.9" mini
 5  (2019)  2048x1536   .66  256GB  A12


 DISCONTINUED MODELS

 12.9" Pro
 2  (2017)  2732x2048  1.49
 1  (2015)  2732x2048  1.57

 10.5" Pro
 1  (2017)  2224x1668  1.03

 9.7" Pro
 1  (2016)  2048x1536   .96

 9.7" iPad
 4  (2012)  2048x1536  1.44
 3  (2012)  2048x1536  1.44 See New iPad.
 2  (2011)  1024x768   1.33 See iPad 2.
 1  (2010)  1024x768   1.50

 9.7" Air
 2  (2014)  2048x1536   .96
 1  (2013)  2048x1536  1.00

 7.9" mini
 4  (2015)  2048x1536   .65
 3  (2014)  2048x1536   .73
 2  (2013)  2048x1536   .73
 1  (2012)  1024x768    .69