- Developer: Apple
- Release Date: 04/2010
The iPad is a tablet device from Apple which runs the iOS operating system optimized for a tablet. They can be used to listen to music, watch videos, play games and everything else that can already be done on an iPod Touch. Soon after its release, users found that their fancy new Apple toy was stuck in an obscure niche; it was just a bit too big to be used like an iPod Touch, the Wifi-only version's connectivity was too limited to be comparable to an iPhone and iOS simply didn't have the functionality to use the iPad like a MacBook Air. Having said this, its more of a novelty item. The memory isn't much better than an iPod touch, and it costs the same as a regular laptop.
So essentially it's an expensive brightly coloured tray, helpfully backlit so that iPad owners can find other people with nothing to talk about in dimly lit overpriced theme-bars. Money well spent for the media types that are its sole demographic, then.
The iPad has shown us that if Apple put their logo on a cardboard box and called it an iBox, people would be willing to pay over 100 dollars for it. & if you still don't believe us... There will surely be more in the future, with maybe an iBoard or an iMat coming to a store near you.
In the extremely early days of the tablet, Apple decided to make one known as the Apple Bashful. The only problem is, it took them 27 years to develop. Meanwhile Microsoft dominated this industry that then no one's ever heard of with the Windows XP tablets that are pathetically more superior to what we have today. As tablets that ran Windows 7 finally came out, (which, as you can imagine, were much superior to the XP tablets, let alone the modern tablets,) Apple decided to finally release the hopelessly delayed project now known as the iPad and in the end, said, "Screw it, let's just make it an overgrown iPod Touch." In response, Microsoft decided to make Windows 8 & Windows Phone have the same user interface, Metro, but that's a story for a different page...
The first iPad was released in April 2010. Then, Apple went on to release the iPad 2 in March 2011. They changed the case to make it look more like the now-obsolete iPhone 3G, and added a camera. Additionally, the battery is just the same, as Apple went on to stress.
Patent Troll Apple was forced by the U.S. Court System to prove the iPad has been in development for all these years if they are to say they invented all the stuff they supposedly, "invented." While they did not go as far back as, say, 1983, they did show a prototype from the iBook & early iMac/iPod era & it looks just like what you'd think an iPad would look like from the early 2000s: an overgrown iPod instead of an iPhone. Also, it had no home button and was also freakishly larger than usual. But, damn, it was an actual computer back then! Why must thing always change? Whoever at Apple said, "Screw it, let's just make it an overgrown iPod Touch," should die in a hell-hole. Okay, maybe that's taking it a little too far. Maybe die choking on marshmallows? They say it's the best way to go... (Or an Apple.)
—Steve Jobs on 7" tablets
For months in the year 2012, there were rumors all over the tech industry of an alleged 7" version of an iPad, despite Steve Jobs stating that 7" tablets were "DOA". Many were skeptical of the iPad Mini, mainly because of Apple stated that they wouldn't sell (not noting the success of the Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7) and the fact the pricing would seem odd given that an iPad Mini would be priced around the $199-$299 margin which wouldn't make sense as it conflicted with the iPod Touch's price which started at $299 and that to price a tablet at a lower price than a media player wouldn't be good business.
On October 23, 2012, Apple held an event to announce the iPad Mini, with a 7.9" screen with a shit-tier resolution of 1024x768 (same as the iPad 2), the old and outdated A5 CPU all at the low, low price of $329 for a 16GB WiFi model.
People with eye-popping surplus income and a magpie-like obsession with 'shiny' things can't get enough. In mid-March, Apple released the new iPad, which was rumored to be called either the iPad HD to emphasized its higher resolution retina display, or simply the iPad 3. Neither of those names were chosen and Apple simply decided to call it the "iPad". However, in the end, the ads for the, "iPad," talk about nothing other than its display...
On October 23, 2012, in addition to releasing an iPad Mini and some new Macs, Apple also introduced the 4th gen iPad, which much like the last, were exactly the same but with a few minor changes. The new iPad, using the same res as the last one, runs on the new A6X CPU similar to the one found on the LongPhone. Additionally, Apple has added the new Lightning connector. This also comes at only 7 months after the last iPad was released, surely to piss off many even though they'll fork over their life savings for it anyways.
- People who want but can't afford an iPad like to complain about it.