Since its release in 2010, the Apple iPad has taken the world by storm and revolutionised the way we use computers. No longer must we sit down at desks, awkwardly position laptops or squint at a phone screen – the iPad is the ultimate portable device. Those who own one will testify that it’s now simple to watch a movie in bed or relax and browse the internet on the sofa making the digital world that much more accessible. And not only is it great for leisure, it’s also a functional piece of kit and has helped drive paperless ways of working, permeating the worlds of business, education and design, to name a few.
The iPad has various basic features. They all have multi-touch display and operate on Apple’s intuitive operating system, currently at iOS 12. All models have Wi-Fi access, though some also have cellular connectivity, allowing them to access mobile data in the same way that a phone would. They also connect to devices like Wireless speakers, Bluetooth headphones, keyboards and more through Bluetooth. They also have their own external speakers. Though the first-generation iPad didn’t have a camera, all models since have had front and rear cameras. In conjunction with dual microphones, one to tune out background noise, this allow the use of FaceTime and similar programmes. Apple’s Retina display, their trademarked name for the high-density displays, that they now use on nearly all their products makes the displays look crisp and non-pixelated, whilst proximity and ambient light sensors make the display automatically adjust its brightness. Later versions have Touch ID, allowing you to unlock the device with your fingerprint and Face ID, allowing you to do so with your face. Software is a big selling point, with Apple’s App Store offering a diverse range of around 2 million apps including social media, mapping, entertainment, productivity, news and many more.
Apart from the standard iPad, there are three sub-series, each emphasising an area of strength. The first of the three sub-series of iPad came the iPad Mini in 2012, which proves that powerful things can come in small packages. With a 9.7-inch screen, it perfectly fills the gap in between smartphone and regular iPad. The latest model, the iPad Mini 5, features the new A12 Bionic chip which performs faster and more efficiently than its previous generation. Also containing this chip is the latest iPad Air, released in 2013. Being 6.1mm thin and weighing just 456 grams, this model specialises in portability whilst maintaining the performance of other models. For those looking for extra horsepower, there is the iPad Pro, which was first released in 2017 and comes in either 11-inch 12.9-inch edge-to-edge displays. The extra horsepower comes from increased RAM and processing power, making it ideal for heavy use such as recording 4K video with its 12MP camera and creative or design work.
There are many iPad accessories that you may choose, but the most important are iPad chargers. It’s worth buying two – one for home use and one to keep coiled in your bag so you don’t run out of battery when you’re out and about. Though Apple create devices that are beautiful to hold just as they come, it’s wise to invest in an iPad case that will protect them from bumps and bruises. The Apple pencil is now in its second generation and is a stylus of unrivalled quality for graphic designers.
One hallmark of the iPad is its famous simplicity, but there are also specially designed kids’ tablets, suitable for curious young minds (and clumsy limbs). We also stock a wide range of tablets from other leading manufacturers, including Samsung tablets which are renowned for their high specs and desirable design. And if you’ve begun to explore eBooks and love having a library in your pocket then Amazon’s Kindle is the market leading e-reader and offers a reading experience like no other, with a crystal-clear screen, Wi-Fi connectivity and many other features.