Complete guide to the iPad, from the original to the iPad Air and Retina iPad mini!
The original iPad was an iPhone gone IMAX and the first successful tablet the world had ever seen. The iPad 2 made it thinner, lighter, and faster. The iPad 3 went Retina and LTE but not comfortably so. The iPad 4 made Retina and LTE sing. And the iPad mini showed portability could be just as important as power. Now the Retina iPad mini has gone HD and the iPad Air has gone light as its namesake.
With the iPad, Apple introduced its fourth business, TiPb welcomed its newest, biggest sibling to the iPhone family, and we worked our apps off to cover it right. To make sure you didn't miss anything in the deluges of news, views, and posts, here's a handy reference to the story so far:
When Steve Jobs whipped out the iPad, the first thing I did was do a double-take on the screen's 4:3 aspect ratio. At 1024x763 it's what I used to have on my 2005 Windows XP CRT screen. It's wide. It's iPod "phatty" nano G3 [Wikipedia link] wide and that design only lasted 1 generation before Apple back-peddled to the long and slim. Apple used to default to 16:10, and the new iMac is 16:9, which is modern HDTV aspect ratio. (The iPhone and iPod touch are 3x2)
The brand new Apple iPad is running iPhone 3.2 and has several features we've wanted on, you know, the actual iPhone device for a while now. Never mind that the iPhone 3.2 SDK is iPad-only, just like the features. And never mind that the iPad might still be waiting for iPhone 4.0 to get it's full functionality in place. TiPb wants an iPhone (and iPod touch) version of iPhone 3.2 while we're waiting, and we wants us some of those features!
TiPb mentioned this a couple timesin passing -- that the iPad perhaps didn't show things like multitasking and better notifications because it's running iPhone 3.2 and those will be iPhone 4.0 features, likely only to debut in March -- but now Boy Genius seems to think (hope?) this is a real possibility as well.
For the spec fiends among us, Apple has posted up almost every little number you'd ever want to know about their new iPad tablet (except, of course, what silicon is powering it on the inside -- that'll have to wait for the inevitable tear down.
TiPb hasn't had a chance to get any hands-on time with the no-longer mythical Apple iPad, announced today, but that doesn't mean we can't live vicariously through the awesome power of the interwebs. What does TiPb think? If you call the iPad a big iPod touch, you're right. If you think that's a bad thing, you're nuts fully justified, but we see it as a huge positive, if only a first step. Removing the constraints imposed by a small screen? Yeah, the iPhone OS is just getting started. Apple is legitimately excited about this, and that means iPhone OS, and iPhones are going to benefit. Love. Up.