Browse Search. Ask a question. User profile for user: Sweeneytwins Sweeneytwins. How can you tell which Ipad you have - 1st generation or 2nd? All replies Drop Down menu. Loading page content. Phil Phil If it has a camera and a wide connection port at the bottom its an iPad 2 or 3. If its a tiny connection port then its an iPad 4. For pricing details in dozens of other countries, please refer to the iPad specs page for the device of interest as well as EveryiPad. Most users would be best suited with a newer iPad as neither support a recent version of the iOS and app support increasingly is a problem.
If there is a particular app that is important to you, it would be wise to verify that it will work with an iPad 2 or iPad 3rd Gen prior to purchasing the tablet. However, just compared to one another, the 1 significantly higher-quality display, 2 better rear camera, 3 support for 4G LTE as an option and 4 improved graphics performance of the iPad 3rd Gen make it a better purchase than the iPad 2.
However, others on a tight budget may find that the iPad 2 is "good enough" for their needs. Of course, those on tight budgets may also wish to consider waiting for a while to save more and buy a newer iPad model with current iOS support as it likely will provide a longer useful life. There many places to buy an iPad. However, purchasing from a quality company with extensive Apple knowledge -- and after sales support -- will provide the best experience and save you money and time, too. Site sponsor TechHeadQuarters has a good selection of used iPad models for sale at reasonable prices and with no sales tax outside of Ohio.
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What are all the differences between the iPad 2 and the iPad 3rd Gen? External Differences Both the iPad 2 and iPad 3rd Gen models are available with either a black or white glass front and an aluminum back with a black plastic area for configurations with cellular data connectivity and have a speaker, built-in microphone and support system-wide video mirroring and up to p video out. On October 30, , the third-generation iPad Pro was announced, and was the first generation to support 1 TB of storage. The iPad's first two generations touchscreen display is a 1, by pixel, 7.
The display responds to other sensors: Unlike the iPhone and iPod Touch's built-in applications, which work in three orientations portrait, landscape-left and landscape-right , the iPad's built-in applications support screen rotation in all four orientations, including upside-down.
Consequently, the device has no intrinsic "native" orientation; only the relative position of the home button changes.
There are four physical switches on the iPad, including a home button near the display that returns the user to the main menu, and three plastic physical switches on the sides: Originally the switch locked the screen to its current orientation, but the iOS 4. The first generation iPad had no camera; the iPad 2 has a front VGA camera and a rear-facing p camera, both capable of still images but these are only taken at a low quality 0.
Both shoot photo and video in a 4: Unlike the iPhone, the iPad does not support tap to focus, but does allow a tap to set auto exposure. The iPad has two internal speakers reproducing left and right channel audio located on the bottom-right of the unit.
In the original iPad, the speakers push sound through two small sealed channels leading to the three audio ports carved into the device,  while the iPad 2 has its speakers behind a single grill. The iPad also contains a microphone that can be used for voice recording. The built-in Bluetooth 2. The iPad uses an internal rechargeable lithium-ion polymer LiPo battery.
While it can be charged by a standard USB port from a computer, these are limited to milliamperes 0. As a result, if the iPad is running while powered by a normal USB computer port, it may charge very slowly, or not at all. High-power USB ports found in newer Apple computers and accessories provide full charging capabilities. Apple claims that the battery for both generations of iPad can provide up to 10 hours of video, hours of audio playback, or one month on standby.
Like any rechargeable battery technology, the iPad's battery loses capacity over time, but is not designed to be user-replaceable. The refurbished unit will have a new case. Independent companies also provide a battery replacement service, returning the original unit with new battery but original case. Alternatively it is possible for a technically competent user to buy and install a new battery. The task does not require soldering, but is technically challenging. The iPad was released with three capacity options for storage: Apple sells a "camera connection kit" with an SD card reader, but it can only be used to transfer photos and videos.
In , Apple released a In , Apple released a inch and Apple iOS, in combination with their specific hardware, uses crypto-shredding when activating the "Erase all content and settings" by obliterating all the keys in ' effaceable storage'. This renders all user data on the device cryptographically inaccessible. Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi with cellular support.
The cellular variants however do not support circuit-switched voice calls and texts, only data connectivity. The 3G iPad can be used with any compatible GSM carrier, unlike the iPhone, which is usually sold 'locked' to specific carriers. The iPad mini is available with two different frequency bands worldwide. A and Rev. The 5th generation iPad and 2nd generation iPad mini introduced support for many additional LTE bands worldwide.
A and B. Apple's ability to handle many different bands in one device allowed it to offer, for the first time, a single iPad variant which supports all the cellular bands and technologies deployed by all the major North American wireless providers at the time of the device's introduction. Apple offers several iPad accessories,  most of which are adapters for the proprietary pin dock connector , the iPad's only port besides the headphone jack. Each generation of iPad requires a corresponding dock.
A dock that included a physical keyboard was only supported for the original iPad,  but all generations are compatible with Bluetooth keyboards that also work with Macs and PCs. The iPad can be charged by a standalone power adapter "wall charger" also used for iPods and iPhones, and a 10 W charger is included with the iPad. Apple sells a camera connection kit that consists of two separate adapters for the dock connector, one to USB Type A, the other an SD card reader. Another adapter mirrors the screen onto HDMI compatible devices in p and works with all apps and rotations. Unlike other adapters, it allows the iPad to charge through another dock connector.
Smart Covers are screen protectors that magnetically attach and align to the face of the iPad 2, 3, or 4. The cover has three folds which allow it to convert into a stand, which is also held together by magnets. Smart Covers have a microfiber bottom that cleans the front of the iPad which wakes up when the cover is removed. There are five different colors of both polyurethane and leather, with leather being more expensive. Smart Covers are not compatible with the original iPad. Like the iPhone, with which it shares a development environment  the iPad only runs its own software, software downloaded from Apple's App Store , and software written by developers who have paid for a developer's license on registered devices.
On September 1, it was announced the iPad would get iOS 4. The interface is centred around the home screen, a graphical list of available applications. The home screen can be accessed at any time by a hardware button below the screen, closing an open application in the process. Users can also add and delete icons from the dock, which is the same on every home screen. Each home screen holds up to twenty icons, and the dock holds up to six icons.
Users can delete Web Clips and third-party applications at any time, and may select only certain applications for transfer from iTunes. Apple's default programs, however, may not be removed. Almost all input is given through the touch screen, which understands complex gestures using multi-touch.
The iPad's interaction techniques enable the user to move the content up or down by a touch-drag motion of the finger. For example, zooming in and out of web pages and photos is done by placing two fingers on the screen and spreading them farther apart or bringing them closer together, a gesture known as " pinching ". Scrolling through a long list or menu is achieved by sliding a finger over the display from bottom to top, or vice versa to go back.
In either case, the list moves as if it is pasted on the outer surface of a wheel, slowly decelerating as if affected by friction. In this way, the interface simulates the physics of a real object. Other user-centered interactive effects include horizontally sliding sub-selection, the vertically sliding keyboard and bookmarks menu, and widgets that turn around to allow settings to be configured on the other side.
Menu bars are found at the top and bottom of the screen when necessary. Their options vary by program, but always follow a consistent style motif. In menu hierarchies, a "back" button in the top-left corner of the screen displays the name of the parent folder.
The layout of the music library is similar to an iPod or current Symbian S60 phones. The iPad can sort its media library by songs, artists, albums, videos, playlists , genres , composers, podcasts , audiobooks , and compilations. Options are always presented alphabetically, except in playlists, which retain their order from iTunes. The iPhone uses a large font that allows users plenty of room to touch their selection.
Users can rotate their device horizontally to landscape mode to access Cover Flow , likewise this feature may be disabled if purposely wishing to view a screen from another angle. Like on iTunes, this feature shows the different album covers in a scroll-through photo library. Scrolling is achieved by swiping a finger across the screen. Alternatively, headset controls can be used to pause, play, skip, and repeat tracks. The iPad supports gapless playback.
Double-tapping switches between widescreen and fullscreen video playback. The iPad allows users to purchase and download songs from the iTunes Store directly to their iPad. It includes software that allows the user to upload, view, and email photos taken with the camera.
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The user zooms in and out of photos by sliding two fingers further apart or closer together, much like Safari. The Camera application also lets users view the camera roll, the pictures that have been taken with the iPad's camera. Those pictures are also available in the Photos application, along with any transferred from iPhoto or Aperture on a Mac, or Photoshop on a Windows PC. The iPad can use Wi-Fi network trilateration from Skyhook Wireless to provide location information to applications such as Google Maps.
The 3G model supports A-GPS to allow its position to be calculated with GPS or relative to nearby cellphone towers; it also has a black strip on the back to aid 3G reception. The apps currently missing are the weather, calculator, and health apps. In December, , Reuters reported that iPhone and iPad users have lodged a lawsuit against Apple alleging that some applications were passing their information to third party advertisers without consent. The iPad has an optional iBooks application that can be downloaded from the App Store, which displays books and other ePub -format content downloaded from the iBookstore.
Fully laminated display, Antireflective coating. Fully laminated display, Antireflective coating , ProMotion display Hertz refresh rate. The iPad does not employ digital rights management DRM , but the OS prevents users from copying or transferring certain content outside of Apple's platform without authorization, such as TV shows, movies, and apps.
Also, the iPad's development model requires anyone creating an app for the iPad to sign a non-disclosure agreement and pay for a developer subscription. Critics argue Apple's centralized app approval process and control of the platform itself could stifle software innovation. Of particular concern to digital rights advocates is Apple's ability to remotely disable or delete apps on any iPad at any time. Digital rights advocates, including the Free Software Foundation ,  Electronic Frontier Foundation ,  and computer engineer and activist Brewster Kahle , [ citation needed ] have criticized the iPad for its digital rights restrictions.
It offers [the major media companies] the opportunity to essentially re-create the old business model, wherein they are pushing content to you on their terms rather than you going out and finding content, or a search engine discovering content for you. Like certain iOS devices, the iPad can be "jailbroken", depending on which version of iOS it is running, thus allowing applications and programs that are not authorized by Apple to run on the device.
Apple's App Store, which provides iPhone and iPad applications, imposes censorship of content, which has become an issue for book publishers and magazines seeking to use the platform. The Guardian newspaper described the role of Apple as analogous to that of British magazine distributor WH Smith , which for many years imposed content restrictions. Due to the exclusion of pornography from the App Store, YouPorn and others changed their video format from Flash to H.
On May 28, , the iPad was released in Australia, Canada, and Japan, as well as in several larger European countries. Media reaction to the launch was mixed. The media noted the positive response from fans of the device, with thousands of people queued on the first day of sale in a number of these countries.
Media reaction to the iPad announcement was mixed. Walter Mossberg wrote, "It's about the software, stupid", meaning hardware features and build are less important to the iPad's success than software and user interface, his first impressions of which were largely positive. Mossberg also called the price "modest" for a device of its capabilities, and praised the ten-hour battery life.
CNET also criticized the iPad for its apparent lack of wireless sync which other portable devices such as Microsoft's Zune have had for a number of years. The built-in iTunes app is able to download from the Internet as well. Reviews of the iPad have been generally favorable. In the former section, he notes that a laptop offers more features for a cheaper price than the iPad.
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In his review for the latter audience, however, he claims that if his readers like the concept of the device and can understand what its intended uses are, then they will enjoy using the device. This is a new category of device. But it also will replace laptops for many people. The media also praised the quantity of applications, as well as the bookstore and other media applications. The iPad was selected by Time magazine as one of the 50 Best Inventions of the Year ,  while Popular Science chose it as the top gadget  behind the overall "Best of What's New " winner Groasis Waterboxx.
The market share, however, differs widely by regions; and the iPad has lost market share globally, every year since when StatCounter started tracking tablets separately.
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While the iPad is mostly used by consumers, it also has been taken up by business users. Examples of uses in the workplace include attorneys responding to clients, medical professionals accessing health records during patient exams, and managers approving employee requests. Since March , the US Federal Aviation Administration has approved the iPad for in-cockpit use to cut down on the paper consumption in several airlines.
It hopes to have fewer back and muscle injuries. The iPad has several uses in the classroom,  and has been praised as a valuable tool for homeschooling. In the healthcare field, iPads and iPhones have been used to help hospitals manage their supply chain. For example, Novation, a healthcare contracting services company, developed VHA PriceLynx based on the mobile application platform of business intelligence software vendor MicroStrategy , a business intelligence app to help health care organizations manage its purchasing procedures more efficiently and save money for hospitals.
Guillermo Ramas of Novation states, "Doctors won't walk around a hospital with a laptop. With an iPad it's perfect to walk around the hospital with as long as they have the information they need. In , Gianna Chien aged 14 presented to more than 8, doctors at the Heart Rhythm Society meeting that the Apple iPad 2 can, in some cases, interfere with life-saving heart devices pace makers because of the magnets inside.
The iPad is able to support many music creation applications in addition to the iTunes music playback software. These include sound samplers, guitar and voice effects processors, sequencers for synthesized sounds and sampled loops, virtual synthesizers and drum machines, theremin-style and other touch responsive instruments, drum pads and many more. Gorillaz 's album, The Fall , was created almost exclusively using the iPad by Damon Albarn while on tour with the band. The iPad has also greatly increased social television use. Viewers can use the iPad as a convenient second networked computer or " second screen " for communicating with other viewers or with the television provider.
Viewers can use a web browser or specialised applications to discuss a program with other viewers, while it is being broadcast, while content providers may use the second screen to interact with viewers in real time. For example, the latter facility allows content providers to conduct real-time polls or to collect comments about the program, that can be displayed as text on the main television screen. Viewer interaction via a second screen is becoming increasingly popular.
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