(1) See also iPod (Apple's music player).|
(2) A tablet computer from Apple. Rumored for years, it was announced in January 2010 for April delivery. The iPad is essentially a larger version of the iPod touch (an iPhone without phone and camera). Weighing 1.5 pounds and featuring a 10" multitouch LCD screen, it was designed for Web browsing, e-book reading and entertainment. It also supports HD video at 720p.
Initial models are Wi-Fi-only or Wi-Fi/3G with 16 to 64GB of flash storage. In the U.S., the GSM-based 3G data service is available from AT&T.
Out of the Box with 100,000 Apps
The iPad runs most iPhone/iPod touch applications intact and will scale them to the larger screen; however, apps written specifically for the iPad can place more data on the display. For example, all built-in apps (Web browser, mail, video player, iPod, etc.) are designed for the bigger screen and enhanced touch capability. See tablet computer and iPed.
Although tablet computers have come and gone, Apple's iPad is likely to upset the "Apple cart" with this one. (Image courtesy of Apple Inc.)
The iPad is an e-book reader as well, competing directly with the Kindle and Sony readers. However, Amazon also has an iPad app for the thousands of books it offers its Kindle users. (Image courtesy of Apple Inc.)