From iPhone to iPad: Apple's Tablet Evolution
Apple's iPad line has come a long way since the original model was released in 2010. The original iPad was little more than a big iPhone, but subsequent models have added features that make them more capable computers in their own right. Today's iPad Pros are powerful enough to replace a laptop for many users, and the new iPad Air is a great middle ground between the entry-level iPad and the Pro models. In this article, we'll take a look at how Apple's tablet lineup has evolved over the years, and where it stands today.
The First iPad
The first iPad was announced on January 27, 2010, and released on April 3 of that year. It featured a 9.7-inch (25 cm) LED-backlit multitouch display, and ran a modified version of the iPhone OS. It was powered by a 1 GHz Apple A4 processor and had 256 MB of RAM. The iPad could connect to the internet over Wi-Fi or 3G (on select models). The first iPad was only available with 16, 32, or 64 GB of storage.
The iPad 2
The iPad 2 was released in 2011 and was a huge update from the original iPad. It was thinner, lighter, had a faster processor, and had front and rear-facing cameras. It also had a new design with a tapered back that made it more comfortable to hold. The iPad 2 was available in black or white and came in three different storage sizes: 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB.
The iPad 3
The iPad 3 was announced on March 7, 2012 and released on March 16 in the United States. The new iPad featured a Retina display with a resolution of 2048x1536, a 5 megapixel camera with 1080p video recording and support for LTE networks. It was also slightly thicker and heavier than the previous model. The iPad 3 was available in 16, 32 and 64 GB models and sold for $499, $599 and $699, respectively.
The iPad 4
The fourth-generation iPad, announced in October 2012, was a modest update from the previous model. It was still 9.7 inches, with the same 2048x1536 resolution Retina display. But Apple had increased the speed of the A6X processor, and added a new Lightning connector port. The iPad 4 was also available in a new 128GB storage capacity option. One month after announcing the iPad 4, Apple quietly discontinued the third-generation iPad and dropped its price to $399.
The iPad Air
The iPad Air was the first major redesign of the iPad since the original model. It was thinner, lighter, and more powerful than any previous iPad. The iPad Air was also the first iPad to feature Apple's new 64-bit A7 processor. This made the iPad Air significantly faster than its predecessor, while also providing support for new features such as Touch ID. The iPad Air was released in November 2013 and was discontinued in October 2014.
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