The iPad is a 9.7 inch touch screen tablet PC made by Apple . The iPad is basically a netbook without a keyboard. It has a multi-touch LED-backlit 9.7 x 7.5 inch front display and weighs 1.5 pounds, with a battery that lasts up to ten hours.
The iPad is available with 16, 32 and 64 GB flash drive options. All varieties come with Wi-Fi Internet access; for a higher price, the consumer can purchase an iPad 3G to get Internet access through AT&T's network.
The iPad, which uses Apple's mobile operating system (iOS) combines the computing power of a laptop or desktop computer with the portability of a smartphone. iPad users can surf the internet with Safari, Apple’s web browser, receive and send email messages, share photos and slideshows, watch videos on YouTube and listen to music on iTunes. In addition to the standard features, Apple also offers an app store with thousands of free and paid apps with functions ranging from games and entertainment to business and education.
Apple sells a number of accessories for the iPad that increase its functionality and ease of use, including cases to protect the tablet, stands to facilitate non-mobile use of the computer and external keyboards for easier typing.
Apple is rumored to be releasing the iPad 2 in April 2011.