The Apple website home page, featuring The new iPad
On January 27, 2010, Apple introduced their much-anticipated media tablet, the iPad running a modified version
of iOS. It offers multi-touch interaction with multimedia formats including newspapers, magazines, ebooks,
textbooks, photos, movies, TV shows videos, music, word processing documents, spreadsheets, video games,
and most existing iPhone apps. It also includes a mobile version of Safari for web browsing, as well as access to
the App Store, iTunes Library, iBooks Store, contacts, and notepad. Content is downloadable via Wi-Fi and
optional 3G service or synced through the user's computer. AT&T was initially the sole US provider of 3G
wireless access for the iPad.
On March 2, 2011, Apple introduced an updated iPad model which had a faster processor and two cameras on
the front and back respectively. The iPad 2 also added support for optional 3G service provided by Verizon in
addition to the existing offering by AT&T. However, the availability of the iPad 2 has been limited as a result of
the devastating earthquake and ensuing tsunami in Japan in March 2011.
On March 7, 2012, Apple introduced the iPad 3, aka, "The New iPad". The iPad 3 added LTE service
from AT&T or Verizon and an upgraded processor, the A5X. It also added the "Retina" display (2048 by 1536
resolution) originally found on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. The dimensions and form factor remained relatively
unchanged, with "The New iPad" being a fraction thicker and heavier than the previous version, and minor
Since the tablet launched in 2010, iPad users have downloaded 3 billion apps, while the total App Store
downloads is up to over 25 billion downloads.