The first-generation iPad (first iPad, iPad original, iPad 1,1) is the first tablet computer in the Apple’s iPad line. On certain variants the iPad 1st generation has the capability of accessing cellular networks. The iPad 1st generation can play music, enjoy photos, watch videos, play games, read e-books, send, receive and read email, browse the web, use GPS navigation software, use social network services, and use more features by downloading apps or by preinstalled apps, such as Safari, Mail, Photos, Video, iPod, iTunes, App Store, Maps, Notes, Calendar, Contacts.
iPad 1st Generation
Introduced: The iPad 1st Generation was unveiled on January 27, 2010. On April 3, 2010, the Wi-Fi variant of the device was released. The Wi-Fi + Cellular variant followed on April 30, 2010.
- Processor: Apple A4 system-on-chip used. CPU: 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8.
- Operating system: iOS 3.2, Build 7B367 (original OS), major improvements and modifications introduced later (iOS 4.2 installed in November 2014, iOS 5.1 in 2015, iOS 5.2 in April 2016). The device runs a version of the same operating system that powers the iPhone and iPod touch models.
- Memory: 256 MB DDR RAM.
- Storage: 16, 32 or 64 GB flash memory.
- Screen Size: 9.7-inch diagonal, 1024 × 768 px 132 PPI 4:3 aspect ratio.
- Display: XGA, multitouch glossy LED-backlit IPS LCD.
- Graphics: VR SGX535.
- Input: Multi-touch screen, proximity and ambient light sensors, 3-axis accelerometer, digital compass.
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n. Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. GSM models include UMTS / HSDPA. 50, 1,900, 2,100 MHz. GSM / EDGE 850, 900, 1,800, 1,900 MHz).
- Battery: Built-in rechargeable Li-Po battery 3.75 V 24.8 W·h (6,613 mA·h. Estmated time: 10 hours life while working actively and up to one month in stand-by mode.
- Online services: iTunes Store, App Store, iCloud, iBookstore.
- Dimensions: 9.56 in high x 7.47 in wide x 0.50 in deep.
- Weight: Wi-Fi 1.5 lb. Wi-Fi 3G: 1.6 lb.
- Casing: 0.5 inch thick, 1.5 pound glass and aluminum case.
Apple Models, Discontinuation, Price
Apple Order: MB292LL/A. Model A1219, EMC 2311.
Discontinued: On March 2, 2011
Original Price: US$499-US$699. The base model’s price of $499 was lower than pre-release estimates by Wall Street analysts, and Apple’s competitors.
- When iPad 1st generation appeared, it received many positive reviews. However some aspects were criticized, such as the closed nature of its OS, as well as the lack of support for the Adobe Flash multimedia format.
- More than 300,000 iPads were sold by Apple on April 3, 2010, the first day of their availability. The first million of iPads was sold by May 3, 2010. Curiously enough, this was half the time it took the company to sell the same number of original iPhones. Over 3 million sales were made in the first 80 days. On October 18, 2010, Steve Jobs admitted that Apple had sold more iPads than Macs for the fiscal quarter. In total, before Apple released the iPad 2, on March 2, 2011, more than 15 million iPads were sold throughout the world in less than one year.
- The iPad first generation established device’s design precedents. Its 9.7-inch screen size and button placement persisted through all models.
- The original iPad does not offer a disk mode for file transfer.
- Apple began taking pre-orders for the first-generation iPad on March 12, 2010.
- The only major change to the first iPad between its announcement and being available was the change of the behavior of the side switch to perform either sound muting or screen rotation locking, a function selected by its user.
- As the iPad 1st generation uses the the OS that iPhone and iPod touch, it is compatible with many apps for the iPhone and iPod touch. It is not compatible however with Mac OS X.
- The first iPad syncs with a Mac or PC.
- The device can be used like a computer with a Bluetooth keyboard or keyboard dock as well.
- The first-generation iPad is the only iPad which has no camera.
- You can identify your iPad by referring to the model number printed on the iPad’s back case.
- What Is the difference between the models? To start off with the difference, the iPad is slightly heavier and larger than the iPad mini. It has more hardware power, which means that it will perform better. On basic terms, differences between iPad, iPad mini and iPad Air consist in design, physical size, display size, performance, and price.
- If a smaller tablet or price are the highest priority, you would be best served by an iPad mini, which would likely be your best choice. If performance and screen size are highest priorities, an iPad Air would likely be your choice.
- Overall if you are going to get an iPad for books and games, we would recommend the iPad mini with retina display as it’s very portable, durable and is a good upgrade and very easy to get used to from a phone.
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