You know them for their sleek design, all touch screens, light and thin and all effective at the same time. The iPad is a love for many. The iPad which is a line of tablet computers designed, developed and marketed by Apple inc. primarily as a platform for audio –visual media including books, periodicals, movies, music, games, and web content. Its size and weight falls between those of contemporary smartphones and laptop computers. It runs the same operating system as the iPod Touch and iPhone and can run its own applications as well as iPhone applications. Without modification, the iPad will only run programs approved by Apple and distributed via the Apple app store. The iPad uses a wireless local area network “Wi-Fi” to access local area networks and the internet. The device is managed and synced by iTunes running on a personal computer via USB cable.
Apple released the first iPad in April 2010 and sold 3 million of devices in only eighty days. In the same year the company sold 14.8 million iPads worldwide representing seventy per cent of tablet PC sales at the end of 2010.
By the release of the iPad in March 2011, more than 15 million iPads had been sold. Apple is about to do it again with a new generation iPad. Production of the trial is set to start in October. The Cupertino, Calif Company has ordered key components such as display panels and chips for a new iPad it is aiming to launch in early 2012, said the people. It is expected to feature a high resolution display of 2084 by 1536 compared with 1024 by 768. Already, Apple’s suppliers have already shipped small quantities of components for the sampling of the iPad 3. Suppliers said Apple placed orders for a 9.7 –inch screen device. One even said that Apple has already placed orders for parts for about 1.5 million iPad 3s in the fourth quarter.” Suppliers will ramp up production and try to improve the yield rate for the new iPad in the fourth quarter before its official launch in early 2012” said a person at the supplier.
Apple doesn’t make most of its products. It hires like most big personal computer and consumer electronics and brands, manufacturing specialists. Mainly companies from Taiwan that have extensive operations In China to assemble its gadgets bases on Apple’s designs. They use parts from other outside suppliers, many of which also are from vendors from running complicated, labour –intensive production lines, while the ability of Taiwanese companies to slash manufacturing costs helps cut product prices over time.
Taiwan’s Hon Hai precision industry co. assembles the iPad. Apple reported blowout earnings for its fiscal third quarter ended June 25 in part due to the popularity of the iPad. The company sold 9.3 million units in the quarter, nearly triple what it sold a year earlier. What a year it was for Apple with robust sales of the iPhone smartphone and other electronics devices, Apple’s net profit for the period more than doubled to$ 7.31 billion from 3.25 billion a year earlier. The next generation iPad is sure going to cause ripples across the market.