With the iPad, Apple redefined the tablet concept from clunky and expensive devices to slick and mobile tools closer in function to smartphones than laptops. As such, each iPad and iOS update is global news. Boasting the massive and growing App Store, with hundreds of thousands of applications, the iPad will continue to lead the tablet market for the foreseeable future.
The iPad operating system, iOS, is also only found on other Apple products, including the iPhone, iPod touch, and Apple TV. While features and specific iOS versions can vary by device, the fragmentation concerns that dog Android are a non-issue with the iPad. This also means that the iPad cannot match Android in terms of hardware variety.
The Apple iPad features a 9.7-inch screen. While rumors have long suggested a 7-inch version is in the works, Apple CEO Steve Jobs has strongly dismissed 7-inch tablets as “useless.” Android tablets range in size from 7-inches and up.
Apple has also gone on record stating that it will update the iPad operating system “up to and including the next major iPad OS software release following the version of iPad OS software that originally shipped from Apple on your iPad.” In practical terms, that means Apple will update the original iPad that shipped with iOS 3.X to 4.X, but not 5.X.
In the past Apple iOS updates have brought major new functionality to the iPad, including multi-tasking, AirPlay and AirPrint.
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