Apple Inc. the world’s favourite communications device maker, has a small but very effective range of phones, tablets, and entertainment devices. Apple has always been a trendsetter in many aspects of the computing device industry. The iPad was another such invention from Apple; the first ever iPad was launched in April 2010. Right after Apple brought the tablet PC into the markets, the concept of tablets started picking some weight and today; tablets have a very respectable share of the world’s market.
Many companies such as Asus, iBall, Samsung etc. tried bringing their own tablets in the market with little to no success. The iPad kept winning hearts. We have brought you a brief history of the iPad so far. Take a look at all the iPads that have been launched so far:
The iPad: The iPad was the first tablet ever launched by Apple. The iPad was launched in April 2010, and was essentially a ‘very large iPhone’ that runs only on wi-fi. The tablet PC depended on wi-fi for internet connectivity and had a ‘very large’ 10” screen – something that was new for the world 7 years ago. iPad was an immediate hit.
iPad 2: One year later, Apple brought their 2nd generation of iPads and named them iPad 2. The iPad 2 had the same 10” screen with the specifications a little buffed up. This one had little more RAM and a slightly better camera. The iPad 2 offered everything better at nearly the same prices. Apple added a cellular connectivity to it making it effectively a large iPhone now.
iPad 3: The iPad 3 had a better chipset, 1GB RAM, better iOS version. The best improvement Apple made in the 3rd gen iPad was the camera. They installed a 5 MP FHD camera in the iPad 3. Also a 0.3 MP VGA front cam was added this time.
iPad 4: The iPad saw a little bit of more improvement in hardware, specifications, camera and other minor details. Not much was changed in the iPad 4 apart from the front camera that had a 1.2MP resolution this time.
iPad Air: Apple released the iPad Air in 2013. Apple claimed the new iPad Air would be thinner and lighter than the original iPads present in the markets. The iPad Air was 0% thinner and 28% lighter than the iPad 4th generation
iPad Air 2: Apple released iPad Air 2 in the next air that continued the lightweight streak of the iPad Air, with 2GB RAM, 128GB memory option and an 8MP 1080p FHD iSight Camera.
iPad Mini: Apple recognized the need for a smaller device in the tablets series to fill the gap between its 4.7” iPhone and 9.7” iPad. Consequently they launched a smaller iPad with a 7.9” screen and named it the iPad mini. iPad mini is identical to the iPad 2 with the only difference being a smaller screen for the iPad mini. The iPad
iPad Mini 2: iPad Mini 2 was launched the very next year after fans took a liking to the iPad Mini. Apple increased the RAM to 2GB, but other features remained the same. There was not much pricing change either.
iPad Mini 3: iPad Mini 3 was no major change apart from the latest OS and was launched in 16/64/128GB variants. There was also no major change in other aspects of the phone.
iPad Mini 4: iPad Mini 4 was released shortly after Apple brought the iPad Mini 3 with some impressive specifications upgrades – especially the camera Apple added an 8MP FHD camera in the iPad Mini 4. The iPad Mini 2 had the same features as that of iPad Air 2 with a smaller screen.
iPad Pro: Apple launched 2 iPads one after another with different screen sizes and minor changes in the specifications. iPad Pro was launched in a 9.7” screen and a 12.9” screen as well. The smaller iPad Pro has an 8MP FHD camera, while the larger 12.9” version has a 12MP camera.
So has the journey of the iPads been so far. Of all the iPads unveiled by Apple so far, we have iPad Pro, iPad Mini 4, iPad Air and iPad 4 available for purchase in the markets. All of the tablets work fantastic and users have no issues whatsoever, be it the performance, screen, camera, applications etc.
Well, apple seems to have mastered the art of making great tablets and we’re loving it.