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Apple iPad WiFi + 3G (1st Gen) Technical Specifications

Apple iPad WiFi + 3G (1st Gen) Technical Specifications
Brand: Apple
Category: Apple iPad
  • CPU 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8
  • RAM 256 MB DDR RAM
  • Camera No
  • Storage 16/32/64 GB
  • Display 9.7" 768x1024 pixels
  • OS iOS 4, up to iOS 5.1.1
  • Battery 6600 mAh Li-Po

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Apple iPad WiFi + 3G (1st Gen) Review and Features

The first-generation iPad (/ˈaɪpæd/ EYE-pad) is a tablet computer designed and marketed by Apple Inc as the first device in the iPad lineup of tablet computers. The device features an Apple A4 SoC, a 9.7″ touchscreen display, and, on certain variants, the capability of accessing cellular networks.

Using the iOS operating system, the iPad can play music, send and receive email and browse the web. Other functions, which include playing games and accessing references, GPS navigation software and social network services, can be enabled by downloading apps.

The device was announced and unveiled on January 27, 2010, by Steve Jobs at an Apple press event. On April 3, 2010, the Wi-Fi variant of the device was released in the USA, followed by the “Wi-Fi + 3G” variant on April 30. It was released on May 28, 2010, in Australia, Canada, France, Japan, Italy, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.

The device received positive reviews from various technology blogs and publications. Reviewers praised the device for its wide range of capabilities and labelled it as a competitor to laptops and netbooks.

Some aspects were criticised, including the closed nature of the operating system and the lack of support for the Adobe Flash multimedia format. During the first 80 days, 3 million iPads were sold. By the launch of the iPad 2, Apple had sold more than 15 million iPads.

On March 2, 2011, the first generation iPad was discontinued following Apple’s announcement of the iPad 2. The remaining stock of the first iPad was temporarily available from Apple at a reduced price.

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs stated in a 1983 speech about the company:

“[Our] strategy is really simple. What we want to do at Apple, is we want to put an incredibly great computer in a book that you can carry around with you and learn how to use in 20 minutes … And we really want to do it with a radio link in it so you don’t have to hook up to anything and you’re in communication with all of these larger databases and other computers.”

Apple’s first tablet computer was the Newton MessagePad 100, introduced in 1993, which led to the creation of the ARM6 processor core with Acorn Computers. Apple also developed a prototype PowerBook Duo-based tablet, the PenLite, but decided not to sell it to avoid hurting MessagePad sales. Apple released several more Newton-based PDAs; the final one, the Message Pad 2100, was discontinued in 1998.

Apple reentered the mobile-computing market in 2007 with the iPhone. Smaller than the (not yet announced) iPad and featuring a camera and mobile capabilities, it pioneered the multitouch finger-sensitive touchscreen interface of Apple’s iOS mobile operating system.

By late 2009, the iPad’s release had been rumoured for several years. Such speculation mostly talked about “Apple’s tablet”; specific names included iTablet and iSlate. The actual name is reportedly a homage to the Star Trek PADD, a fictional device similar to the iPad.

Steve Jobs announced the iPad on January 27, 2010, at an Apple press conference at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

Jobs later said that Apple began developing the iPad before the iPhone but temporarily shelved the effort upon realising that its ideas would work just as well in a mobile phone. The iPad’s internal codename was K48, which was revealed in the court case surrounding the leaking of iPad information before launch.

The iPad was initially only available in Apple’s online store and its retail locations; it has since become available through retailers including Amazon, Walmart, and network operators. The iPad was launched in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom on May 28. Online pre-orders in those countries began on May 10.

Apple released the iPad in Hong Kong, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand and Singapore on July 23, 2010. Israel briefly prohibited the importation of the iPad because of concerns that its Wi-Fi might interfere with other devices. On September 17, 2010, the iPad was officially launched in Mainland China.


The iPad originally shipped with iPhone OS 3.2. On September 1, 2010, it was announced the iPad would get iOS 4.2 by November 2010; to fulfil this, Apple released iOS 4.2.1 to the public on November 22. It has several applications, including Safari, Mail, Photos, Video, iPod, iTunes Store, App Store, Maps, Notes, Calendar, and Contacts. Several are improved versions of applications developed for the iPhone or Mac.

The iPad syncs with iTunes on a Mac or Windows PC. Apple ported its iWork suite from the Mac to the iPad and sold pared-down versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote apps in the App Store. Although the iPad isn’t designed to replace a mobile phone, a user can use a wired headset or the built-in speaker and microphone to place phone calls over Wi-Fi or 3G using a VoIP application.

On October 12, 2011, iOS 5 was released to various iOS devices, including the first-generation iPad, and was downloadable through iTunes. The update was reported to contain hundreds of new features and tweaks, including Twitter integration, Notification Center and iMessage, which is a feature that allows users to send messages or multimedia files to other users on iOS or OS X, the operating system for Apple computers.

iCloud, an iOS app and Apple-provided internet storage service which allows users to sync and backup their user data and settings to/from other devices, was also made available through this update. On June 11, 2012, it was announced that iOS 6 would not be available for the first-generation iPad, making iOS 5.1.1 the final operating system.


The first-generation iPad features an Apple A4 SoC, which comprises a 1 GHz processor, 256 MB of RAM and a PowerVR SGX535 GPU. 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: wake/sleep and volume up/down, plus a software-controlled switch whose function has changed with software updates.

Originally the switch locked the screen to its current orientation, but iOS 4.2 changed it to a mute switch, moving the rotation lock function to an onscreen menu. In the iOS 4.3 update, a setting was added to allow the user to specify whether the side switch was used for rotation lock or mute. Unlike its successors, the first-generation iPad has no cameras.

The iPad’s touchscreen display is a 1,024 by 768 pixel, 7.75 × 5.82 in (197 × 148 mm) liquid crystal display (diagonal 9.7 in (246.4 mm)), with fingerprint and scratch-resistant glass. As a result of the device’s screen dimensions and resolution, the screen has a pixel density of 132 PPI.

The display responds to other sensors: an ambient light sensor to adjust screen brightness and a 3-axis accelerometer to sense the iPad’s orientation and switch between portrait and landscape modes.

Unlike the iPhone and iPod Touch’s built-in applications, which work in 3 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.

The iPad was equipped with 16 GB, 32 GB, or 64 GB (1 GB = 1 billion bytes) of solid-state (flash) storage for program and data storage. Furthermore, the device had two connectivity options: Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi and 3G.

Unlike its successors, the Wi-Fi + 3G variant of the first-generation iPad could only support carriers that utilised GSM/UMTS standards and were not compatible with CDMA networks; however, assisted GPS services are supported like its successors. Bluetooth was also available on all models.

The weight of the first-generation iPad varied, dependent upon the connectivity options chosen. The Wi-Fi-only variant weighs 1.5 lb (680 g), whereas the variant with Wi-Fi + 3G weighs 1.6 lb (730 g). Its dimensions, however, are identical across the entire range of variants, measuring 9.56×7.47×0.5 in (243×190×13 mm).

What are the specifications of the Apple iPad WiFi + 3G (1st Gen) tablet?

Here’s a summary of the technical specifications for the Apple iPad WiFi + 3G (1st Gen) tablet:

  • Processor/CPU: 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 Apple A4
  • RAM: 256 MB
  • Internal Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB
  • Display/Resolution: 9.7″ 768×1024 pixels
  • GPU/Graphics: PowerVR SGX535
  • Camera: None
  • Battery: 6600 mAh Li-Po
  • Colours: Silver

Full Technical Specifications


Device Type Tablet Computer
Models iPad1,2
Announced 27 January, 2010
Released 03 April, 2010
Status Discontinued
Predecessor MessagePad, iPod Touch
Successor iPad 2
Generation 1st


Type <strong>Design Type</strong> called form factor refers to a mobile phone's size, shape, and style as well as the layout and position of major components of phone. There are three major form factors seen in mobile phones => bar phones, folding phones and sliding phones. Bar
Width 242.8 mm (millimeters)
24.28 cm (centimeters)
0.797 ft (feet)
9.559 in (inches)
Height 189.7 mm (millimeters)
18.97 cm (centimeters)
0.622 ft (feet)
7.469 in (inches)
Thickness 13.4 mm (millimeters)
1.34 cm (centimeters)
0.044 ft (feet)
0.528 in (inches)
Volume 617.19 cm³ (cubic centimeters)
37.48 in³ (cubic inches)
Weight 730 g (grams)
1.61 lbs (pounds)
25.75 oz (ounces)
Protection Scratch-resistant glass
Oleophobic coating
Colors Silver


SIM <strong>SIM</strong> (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber's account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages. Micro SIM
Number of SIM cards 1
GSM 900 MHz
GSM 1800 MHz
GSM 1900 MHz
UMTS (3G) UMTS 850 MHz
UMTS 1900 MHz
UMTS 2100 MHz


Display Type <strong>Display Technology => </strong> A number of display technologies and types used in mobile phones => TFT (Thin Film Transistor), IPS (In-Place Switching), OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode), Super AMOLED (an even advanced version of AMOLED), Resistive Touchscreen (Resistive touchscreens contain two layer of conductive material with a very small gap between them which acts as a resistance), Capacitive Touchsceen (Capacitive touchscreen technology consists of a layer of glass coated with a transparent conductor) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
Size 9.7 inch
Resolution 768 x 1024 pixels
Display Colors <strong>Display Colors</strong> is refers to the number of different shades of colors that the screen is capable of displaying => 64K colors, 256K colors and 16 million colors, Obviously 16M is highest available range of colors and better than others. 24 bit, 16777216 colors
Aspect Ratio 4:3 ratio
Display area (~63.3% screen-to-body ratio)
Pixel Density <strong>Pixel Density (PPI)</strong> is refers to the concentration of pixels on a particular display, measured in pixels per inch (ppi). Pixel density is calculated by dividing the diagonal pixel resolution of a display by its diagonal size, higher pixel density better display quality. 132 PPI density
Display Protection <strong>Display Protection => </strong> Gorilla Glass is a special alkali-aluminosilicate glass shield with exceptional damage resistance that helps protect mobile displays from scratches, drops, and bumps of everyday use, It is always better to go for a smartphone with Gorilla Glass for that added protection and peace of mind. Scratch resistant
Oleophobic (lipophobic) coating
Features Capacitive
Scratch resistant
Oleophobic (lipophobic) coating


Audio File Formats AAC (Advanced Audio Coding)
M4A (MPEG-4 Audio, .m4a)
MP3 (MPEG-2 Audio Layer II, .mp3)
WAV (Waveform Audio File Format, .wav, .wave)
Video File Formats AVI (Audio Video Interleaved, .avi)
H.264 / MPEG-4 Part 10 / AVC video
QuickTime (.mov, .qt)
FM Radio No
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm Audio jack Yes
Audio Features Loudspeaker
Stereo speakers

Rear Camera

Front/Selfie Camera


Operating System <strong>OS => </strong> Every computer system run on a base software called Operating System (OS). Operating System controls all basic operations of the computer (such as smartphone, PDAs, tablet computers and other handheld devices). The Operating System allows the user to install and run third party applications (apps), apps are used to add new functionality to the device. iOS 4, upgradable to iOS 5.1.1
User Interface <strong>UI</strong> or user interface of a device is the look and feel of the on-screen menu system. How it works, its color scheme, how it responds to button presses, all of these things are part of the user interface. Apple iOS


Chipset <strong>Chipset</strong> is a group of integrated circuits designed to perform one or a more dedicated functions, often with real time computing constraints, Popular smartphones are equipped with more advanced embedded chipsets that can do many different tasks depending on their programming. Apple A4 APL0398
SoC Process Technology 45 nm (nanometers)
CPU <strong>CPU</strong> (Central Processing Unit) mostly known as processors, CPU processes instructions in order to carry out certain functions that make your device operate properly. Processors are often described as the brain of computers, smartphones and tablets, Smartphones and tablets rely on processors to carry out their every task, Processors are an incredibly important factor in selecting any type of computing device, including your smartphone. 1.0 GHz Cortex-A8
CPU bits 32 bit
CPU cores 1
CPU frequency 1000 MHz (megahertz)
Level 1 cache memory (L1) 32 KB + 32 KB (kilobytes)
Level 2 cache memory (L2) 640 KB (kilobytes)
0.625 MB (megabytes)
GPU <strong>GPU</strong> (Graphics Processing Unit) is a single-chip processor designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display, This includes things such as lighting effects, object transformations, and 3D motion. PowerVR SGX535
RAM (Memory) <strong>RAM</strong> (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices. 256 MB
Internal Storage <strong>Internal Storage</strong> is a data storage space (flash memory) mostly used in smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices where operating system, apps, music, photos, videos, files and other user data Is stored. 16/32/64 GB
Card Slot <strong>Memory Card Slot</strong> is a special slot for inserting a memory card. Memory cards allow you to expand the phone's built-in memory, A memory card (sometimes called a flash memory card or a storage card) is a small storage medium used to store data such as text, pictures, audio, and video, for use on small, portable or remote computing devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players, digital cameras. No
Sensors <strong>Sensors</strong> are electronic components that detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific input could be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure and location, The output is generally a signal that is converted to use in computing systems, a location sensor, such as a GPS receiver is able to detect current location of your electronic device. Accelerometer
Ambient light sensor


Bluetooth Version 2.1
Bluetooth Features <strong>Bluetooth</strong> is a wireless communications technology for exchanging data between mobile phones, headsets, computers and other network devices over short distances without wires, Bluetooth technology was primarily designed to support simple wireless networking of personal consumer devices. A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile)
EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
Infrared <strong>Infrared</strong> connectivity is an old wireless technology used to connect two electronic devices. It uses a beam of infrared light to transmit information and so requires direct line of sight and operates only at close range. No
Wi-Fi <strong>Wi-Fi</strong> is a popular wireless networking technology using radio waves to provide high-speed network connections that allows devices to communicate without cords or cables, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the preferred mode of internet connectivity all over the world. 802.11a (IEEE 802.11a-1999)
802.11b (IEEE 802.11b-1999)
802.11g (IEEE 802.11g-2003)
802.11n (IEEE 802.11n-2009)
Dual band
GPS <strong>GPS</strong> The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based radio navigation system, GPS permits users to determine their position, velocity and the time 24 hours a day, in all weather, anywhere in the world, In order to locate your position, your device or GPS receiver must have a clear view of the sky. GPS
NFC <strong>NFC</strong> (Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inch.
HDMI <strong>HDMI</strong> (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a compact audio/video interface for transferring uncompressed video data and compressed or uncompressed digital audio data from a HDMI-compliant source device to a compatible computer monitor, video projector, digital television, or digital audio device. No


Battery Type <strong>Battery Type => </strong> Cell phones run on various kinds of batteries depending on the manufacturer, phone size or shape and features. There are basically four types of cell phone batteries => Lithium Polymer, Lithium Ion, Nickel Metal Hydride and Nickel Cadmium. Li-Poly (Lithium Polymer)
Capacity <strong>Battery Capacity</strong> is a measure (typically in Amp-hr) of the charge stored by the battery, and is determined by the mass of active material contained in the battery. The battery capacity represents the maximum amount of energy that can be extracted from the battery under certain conditions. 6600 mAh battery (24.8 Wh)
Placement Non-removable

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