The Apple iPad is a tablet computer that functions similarly to a touch-screen laptop. It was based on the iPhone design, but with a more powerful processor, longer battery life, and more memory. It also lacks all of the iPhone’s calling capabilities. The iPad screen changes depending on whether it is viewed horizontally or vertically. There is no need for a separate computer keyboard or mouse.
To turn on the iPad, press the central bottom “Sleep/Wake” button. When the Home screen appears, tap any of the icons to open the software program. Additional taps on different parts of a program’s screen will result in different functions. You can listen to music, send emails, view photos, or read eBooks. To type on an iPad, a touch-screen computer keyboard appears, eliminating the need for an additional keyboard. To turn off the iPad, press the central “Sleep/Wake” button.
OS (Operating System)
The iPad operates differently than a Mac laptop or desktop computer. iOS 3.2.2 is the operating system. This is the same operating system that is used by the iPod touch and the iPhone. The iPad can run both iPad-specific applications and iPhone or MacBook applications. This operating system only supports Apple products; it does not support Microsoft or Windows applications or software.
The iPad’s 1024×768 pixel touch screen distinguishes it from a laptop or desktop computer. At 9.7 inches, the screen is larger than an iPhone but smaller than a MacBook. The screen is LED-backlit, so it can be seen in low-light conditions, and the screen dimness can be adjusted as on a laptop. The screen has an oleophobic coating to prevent fingerprints and damage. You can interact with the iPad screen by tapping or sliding your finger across the screen.
In contrast to a MacBook or Mac desktop computer with an Ethernet or cable port, the iPad only connects to the Internet via its wireless signal. It includes a Wi-Fi 802.11 detector that automatically detects Wi-Fi access. Through the Bluetooth application, you can pair the iPad with Bluetooth devices such as a mouse or keyboard. Wireless speeds of up to 7.2 megabits per second are possible.