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What is the iPad?

iPad – is the first tablet computer from Apple.  With literally thousands of articles and blog posts being written about Apple’s new device, it’s easy to experience information overload. That’s why we’ve created this comprehensive Apple iPad guide. It is our complete, constantly updated article on the iPad and its specs, features, pricing, availability and much more.

Apple iPad: The Overview

The iPad is essentially a giant iPod touch/iPhone with a 9.7-inch screen, 16 to 64 GB of memory, and the ability to run almost every iPhone app in the App Store. It can connect via USB to sync with your PC or Mac, play HD video, act an ebook reader and a lot more.

Apple iPad: The Specifications


Screen Size
9.7 inches

Screen Resolution
1024 x 768

Supported TV & Video Formats
Support for 1024 by 768 pixels with Dock Connector to VGA Adapter;
576p and 480p with Apple Component AV Cable;
576i and 480i with Apple Composite AV Cable
H.264 video (up to 720p, 30 frames per second; main profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats)
MPEG-4 video (up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, simple profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats).

Supported Music & Audio Formats
AAC (16 to 320 Kbps)
protected AAC (from iTunes Store)
MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR
Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4)
Apple Lossless

Supported Images and Documents
Microsoft Word, Keynote, Numbers, Power Point, Excel, PDF, HTM, HTML, TXT, RTF, and VCF.
The iPad will also support EPUB via its eBook app.

Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
802.11n WiFi
3G cellular


Battery Life
10 hours use 1 month standby


Introduced: Jan. 27, 2010
On sale: late March 2010
Discontinued: N/A, still being sold