Apple Inc. has released the iPad Wi-Fi version for sale in the USA on 3rd April 2010 and the other version WiFi+3GS will be available at the end of April. Both the models will be available in UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and Switzerland in late April. What is iPad? What are its features and specifications? Read on.

The iPad is a tablet computer, a category between a Smartphone and a laptop computer, developed by Apple Inc. It has a large 9.7 inches, high resolution LED back lit IPS (in plane switching) display with a wide, 178 degree viewing angle. The display is crisp and vivid making it perfect for web surfing, viewing photos, and watching videos and movies. There is no up or down. It changes the display to portrait or landscape orientation with every turn.

The Multi- Touch screen is far more precise and responsive than the iPhone. The iPad's screen measure 9.7 inches diagonally and is just 0.5 inch thin weighing only 1.5 pound making it very light. A slight curve to the back makes it comfortable to hold and easy to pick up.

The custom built 1GHz A4 chip is extremely powerful making it fantastic for productivity applications and gaming, yet extremely power efficient giving a battery life of up to 10 hours.

The iPad comes with 802.11n wireless making it capable of automatically connecting to Wi-Fi networks available. Its Blue tooth 2.1 +EDR allows you to connect it other wireless devices like wireless head phone or wireless key board. iPad will also be available in 3G model with superfast data speeds.

It has an internal flash memory storage from 16GB to 64GB giving enough space for storing your photos, music, videos, and other applications.

The powerful built-in speaker produces full sound perfect for listening to music or watching movies. It has a head phone jack and a built-in microphone.

The dock connector port on the bottom of the iPad lets you dock and charge it. It also allows you to connect to many accessories like camera connection kit or key board dock.

The iPad is preloaded with many apps which make the device extremely useful. It has safari for browsing the web pages, Mail app with split screen view and touch key board. The Photos app allows you to open the albums with a touch and the pictures can be viewed as a slide show or one by one. The other apps include video, you tube, iPod, iTunes, iBooks, maps, notes, calendar, contacts and spotlight search etc.

Technical Specifications:

Size and weight

Height: 9.56 inches (242.8 mm)

Width: 7.47 inches (189.7 mm)

Depth: 0.5 inch (13.4 mm)

Weight: 1.5 pounds (0.68 kg) Wi-Fi model;

1.6 pounds (0.73 kg) Wi-Fi + 3G model


  • 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology

  • 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi)

  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating

  • Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously

Wireless and cellular

Wi-Fi model

  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)

  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology

Wi-Fi + 3G model

  • UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)

  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

  • Data only

  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)

  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology


  • Wi-Fi

  • Digital compass

  • Assisted GPS (Wi-Fi + 3G model)

  • Cellular (Wi-Fi + 3G model)

Environmental Status Report

It is designed with the following features to reduce environmental impact:

  • Arsenic-free display glass

  • BFR-free

  • Mercury-free LCD display

  • PVC-free

  • Recyclable aluminium and glass enclosure


  • 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB flash drive


  • 1GHz Apple A4 custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip


  • Accelerometer

  • Ambient light sensor

Audio playback

  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz

  • Audio formats supported: HE-AAC (V1), AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV

  • User-configurable maximum volume limit

TV and video

  • Support for 1024 by 768 pixels with Dock Connector to VGA Adapter; 576p and 480p with Apple Component AV Cable; 576i and 480i with Apple Composite AV Cable

  • H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

Mail attachment support

  • Viewable document types: .jpg, .tiff, .gif (images); .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel)


  • Language support for English, French, German, Japanese, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Russian

  • Keyboard support for English (U.S.), English (UK), French (France, Canada), German, Japanese (QWERTY), Dutch, Flemish, Spanish, Italian, Simplified Chinese (Handwriting and Pinyin), Russian

  • Dictionary support for English (U.S.), English (UK), French, French (Canadian), French (Swiss), German, Japanese, Dutch, Flemish, Spanish, Italian, Simplified Chinese (Handwriting and Pinyin), Russian


  • Support for playback of closed-captioned content

  • VoiceOver screen reader

  • Full-screen zoom magnification

  • White on black display

  • Mono audio

Battery and power

  • Built-in 25-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery

  • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music

  • Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using 3G data network

  • Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system

Input and output

  • Dock connector port

  • 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack

  • Built-in speaker

  • Microphone

  • Micro-SIM card tray (Wi-Fi + 3G model only)

External buttons and controls

  • On/Off, Sleep/wake

  • Mute

  • Volume up/down

  • Home