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Computer in a Book

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January 27, 2010:  iPad Intruduced

Steve Jobs said in a 1983 speech that Apple’s strategy is really simple:

“What we want to do is we want to put an incredibly great computer in a book that you can carry around with you and learn how to use in 20 minutes … and we really want to do it with a radio link in it so you don’t have to hook up to anything and you’re in communication with all of these larger databases and other computers.”

Apple introduces the iPad in this day in 2010. While still only a few years old, the introduction of the iPad triggered the close of the PC era and will certainly go down in history as one of the pivotal points in computing history. The first iPad was released on April 3, 2010. 300,000 iPads were sold on the first day of availability. By May 3 of 2010 a million iPads had been sold.

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An iPad can shoot video, take photos, play music, and perform Internet functions. Other functions can be enabled by downloading and installing apps. As of October 2013, the App Store has more than 475,000 native apps by Apple and third parties.

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There have been five versions of the iPad. The first generation established design precedents, such as the 9.7-inch screen size and button placement.

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The iPad 2 added a dual core Apple A5 processor and VGA front and rear-facing cameras designed for FaceTime video calling.

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The third generation added a Retina Display, the new Apple A5X processor with a quad-core graphics processor, a 5-megapixel camera, HD 1080p video recording, voice dictation, and 4G (LTE).

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The fourth generation added the Apple A6X processor and replaces the 30-pin connector with an all-digital Lightning connector.

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The iPad Air added the Apple A7 processor, the Apple M7 motion coprocessor and reduced the form factor.

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