Apple announced today that it has sold over two million iPads since this tablet computer went on sale in early April. Analysts think this device is outselling Apple’s Mac OS X desktops and laptops.
The iPad launched in the U.S. last month, and late last week it debuted in nine countries scattered around the world. Apple says nine more countries will be added this summer.
An Overview of the Apple iPad
The iPad is Apple’s answer to the netbook. It’s a device that packs more functionality than a smartphone, but is also more portable than a laptop.
Since it lacks a built-in physical keyboard, users enter text on the 9.7-inch, 1024 x 768-pixel, capacitative touchscreen while on the go. Apple also offers a Keyboard Dock for typing, plus the iPad will support the Apple Bluetooth Keyboard.
The tablet computer runs the iPhone OS on a 1 GHz processor, and comes with a suite of software for browsing the Web, exchanging email and watching video, as well as a calendar and address book.
The iPad is also able to run third-party software written for the iPhone and iPod touch, as well as the 5,000 apps created specifically for the device. In addition, it is able to access the iTunes Store to buy music, TV shows, movies and games. A new iBooks app lets users buy and read books.
All versions have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and some can connect to 3G cellular-wireless data networks.
The iPad is 0.5 inches thick and weighs 1.5 pounds, and Apple promises a battery life of up to 10 hours.