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"ipad 3 for dummies" "ipad 3 for dummies free ebook download" The third-generation iPad (announced as "The new iPad", colloquially sometimes known as "iPad 3") is a tablet computer designed, developed and marketed by Apple Inc. The third-generation iPad adds a Retina display, the new Apple A5X chip with a quad-core graphics processor, a 5 megapixel camera, full HD 1080p video recording, voice dictation, 4G (LTE)[8] and Siri (coming fall 2012). It shipped with iOS 5.1, which serves primarily as a platform for audio-visual media, including electronic books, periodicals, films, music, computer games, presentations, and web content.[4]

In the U.S. and Canada, there are nine different variations of the third-generation iPad, whilst in the rest of the world there are six, although some countries just have the Wi-Fi only model for sale. Each variation is available with black or white front glass panels, with options for 16, 32, or 64 GB storage capacities. In North America, connectivity options are Wi-Fi only, Wi-Fi + Cellular on Verizon, or Wi-Fi + Cellular on AT&T, Telus, Rogers, or Bell.[1] For the rest of the world, connectivity options are Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi + Cellular, with the latter not being sold in some countries, and the LTE connectivity also not actually operational compared to the variations sold in North America.

The tablet was released to ten countries on March 16, 2012.[9] It gained mostly positive reviews, praising its Retina display, faster processor, and 4G (LTE) capabilities. However, controversy arose when some users realized that the device would not work on 4G (LTE) networks in their country.[15] Three million units of the 3rd generation iPad were sold in its first three days of release.


* 1 History
* 2 Features
o 2.1 Software
o 2.2 Hardware
o 2.3 Accessories
* 3 Reception
o 3.1 Critical reception
o 3.2 Commercial reception
* 4 Timeline
* 5 See also
* 6 References
* 7 External links


The 3rd generation iPad was announced at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on March 7, 2012.

Speculation of the 3rd generation iPad began shortly after the release of the iPad 2, which added a better camera and the new dual-core Apple A5X processor. The speculation began to increase after a 2048x1536 iPad screen was leaked.[17] During this time, the tablet was called the "iPad 3", a colloquial name that is still used after the release. On February 9, 2012, John Paczkowski of All Things Digital stated that "Apple’s not holding an event in February – strange, unusual or otherwise. But it is holding one in March – to launch its next iPad."[18] Another common rumor at the time was that the tablet would have an Apple A6 processor.[19][20]

On February 28, 2012, Apple announced a media event scheduled for March 7, 2012, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The company did not disclose in advance what would be announced at the event, but it was widely expected to be a new version of the iPad.[21][22][23][24] The announcement of the iPad affected the tablet resale market positively.[25]

The keynote began at 10 am PST (6 PM UTC) as Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced iOS 5.1, a Japanese version of Siri, and the 3rd generation Apple TV before the 3rd generation iPad.[26] At the media event Cook stated that the 3rd generation iPad will be one of the main contributors to the emerging 'post-PC world', a world where the personal computer is no longer the center of one's digital life.[27]

The 3rd generation iPad was released on March 16, 2012 in eight countries including Australia, Canada, Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States.[9] It was also released on March 23, 2012 in many European countries, Mexico and Macau,[28] and on April 20, 2012, in a dozen additional countries including, South Korea and Malaysia, and on April 27, 2012, in nine more countries, including India and South Africa.[29][30] It was released in 31 countries, including Brazil and Turkey, in early May 2012.[31]



The 3rd generation iPad shipped with iOS 5.1, which was released on March 7, 2012.[32] It can act as a hotspot, sharing its internet connection over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB,[33] and also access the App Store, a digital application distribution platform for iOS developed and maintained by Apple. The service allows users to browse and download applications from the iTunes Store that were developed with Xcode and the iOS SDK and were published through Apple. From the App Store, GarageBand, iMovie, iPhoto, and the iWork apps (Pages, Keynote, and Numbers) are available for purchase to use on the iPad.[34]

The iPad comes with several applications by default, including Safari, Mail, Photos, Video, YouTube, Music, iTunes, App Store, Maps, Notes, Calendar, Game Center, Photo Booth, and Contacts.[35] Like all iOS devices, the iPad can sync with a Mac or PC using iTunes, although iOS 5 and later can be completely Mac and PC-free. Although the tablet is not designed to make phone calls over a cellular network, a user can use a headset or the built-in speaker and microphone and place phone calls over Wi-Fi or cellular using a VoIP application.[36] The 3rd generation iPad has dictation, using the same voice recognition technology as the iPhone 4S. The user speaks and the iPad types what they say on the screen provided the iPad is connected to a Wi-Fi or cellular network.[33]

Researchers demonstrated within hours of the product's release that the 3rd generation iPad can be "jailbroken" to use applications and programs that are not authorized by Apple.[37] The new iPad can be jailbroken with Redsn0w 0.9.12 or Absinthe 2.0. [38] [39] Apple claims that jailbreaking will void the factory warranty on the device.[40][41] One of the main reasons for jailbreaking is to expand the feature set limited by Apple and its App Store. Most jailbreaking tools automatically install Cydia, a native iOS APT client used for finding and installing software for jailbroken iOS devices.[42] Since software programs available through Cydia are not required to adhere to App Store guidelines, many of them are not typical self-contained apps but instead are extensions and customizations for iOS and other apps.[43] Users install these programs for purposes including personalization and customization of the interface,[43] adding desired features and fixing annoyances,[44] and making development work on the device easier by providing access to the filesystem and command-line tools.[45][46]

The 3rd generation iPad has an optional iBooks application that can be downloaded from the App Store, which displays books and other ePub-format content downloaded from the iBookstore.[47] Several major book publishers including Penguin Books, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster and Macmillan have committed to publishing books for the iPad.[48] Despite being a direct competitor to both the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook,[49] both and Barnes & Noble have made Kindle & Nook apps available for the iPad.[50][51]

It was announced on June 11, 2012, at WWDC 2012, that with the update of iOS, iOS 6.0, Siri will now be available on the New iPad in Fall 2012.[52]
See also: iPad Hardware
Apple's A5X chip

There are four physical switches on the 3rd generation 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.[4] The display responds to other sensors: an ambient light sensor to adjust screen brightness and a 3-axis accelerometer to sense iPad orientation and switch between portrait and landscape modes. Unlike the iPhone and iPod Touch's built-in applications, which work in three 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.[4]

Models of the tablet are manufactured either with or without the capability to communicate over a cellular network; all models can connect to a wireless LAN. The 3rd generation iPad has three capacity options for storage: 16, 32, or 64 GB of internal flash memory. All data is stored on the internal flash memory, with no option to expand storage. Apple sells a "camera connection kit" with an SD card reader, but it can only be used to transfer photos and videos.[4]

The 3rd generation iPad has an Apple A5X SoC with dual-core CPU and quad-core graphics processor; a 5-megapixel, rear-facing camera capable of 1080p video recording; and a VGA front-facing videophone camera designed for FaceTime.[53] The display resolution is 2048×1536 (QXGA) with 3.1 million pixels – four times more pixels than the iPad 2 – and is a resolution that eases transition from the original with even scaling.[54][55][56] However, the new iPad is slightly thicker than its older sibling by 0.6 mm and is heavier by 51 grams for the Wi-Fi model (652 grams).[4][57] The Cellular models (both at 662 grams[4]) are 49 grams heavier for the AT&T model and 55 grams heavier for the Verizon model compared to the respective iPad 2 3G models (AT&T 3G iPad 2 is 613 grams, and Verizon 3G iPad 2 is 607 grams).[58]

The tablet has a frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 thousand Hz. Without third-party software it can play the following audio formats: HE-AAC, AAC, Protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible formats (2, 3, 4, AEA, AAX, and AAX+), ALAC, AIFF, and WAV.[4] A preliminary tear-down of the 3rd generation iPad by IHS iSuppli showed the likely costs for the Cellular models of the new 3rd generation iPad, with the 16 GB at $358.30, the 32 GB at $375.10, and the 64 GB at $408.70 respectively.[59]

The 3rd generation iPad uses an internal rechargeable lithium-ion polymer (LiPo) battery. The batteries are made in Taiwan by Simplo Technology (60%) and Dynapack International Technology.[60] The iPad is designed to be charged with a high current of 2 amperes using the included 10 W USB power adapter and USB cord with a USB connector at one end and a 30-pin dock connector at the other end. While it can be charged by a standard USB port from a computer, these are limited to 500 milliamperes (0.5 amps). As a result, if the iPad is running while powered by a normal USB computer port, it may charge very slowly, or not at all. High-power USB ports found in newer computers and accessories provide full charging capabilities.[61]

Apple claims that the battery can provide up to 10 hours of video, 140 hours of audio playback, or one month on standby. Like any rechargeable battery, the iPad's battery loses capacity over time. However, the iPad's battery is designed not to be user-replaceable. In a program similar to the battery-replacement program for the iPod and the original iPhone, Apple will replace an iPad that does not hold an electrical charge with a refurbished iPad for a fee of US$99 plus $6.95 shipping.[62][63] As a different unit is supplied, user data is not preserved. The refurbished unit will have a new case.[64] The warranty on the refurbished unit may vary between jurisdictions.


Main article: iPad accessories

The Smart Cover, introduced with the iPad 2, is a screen protector that magnetically attaches to the face of the iPad. The cover has three folds which allow it to convert into a stand, which is also held together by magnets. The Smart Cover can also assume other positions by folding it.[65] While original iPad owners could purchase a black case that included a similarly folding cover, the Smart Cover is meant to be more minimal, easily detachable, and protects only the screen. Smart Covers have a microfiber bottom that cleans the front of the iPad, and wakes up the iPad when the cover is removed. There are five different colors of both polyurethane and leather, with leather being more expensive than the polyurethane version.[66][67]

Apple offers several more accessories for the 3rd generation iPad,[68] most of which are adapters for the proprietary 30-pin dock connector, the iPad's only port besides the headphone jack.[4] A dock holds the iPad upright at an angle, and has a dock connector and audio line out port. The iPad can use Bluetooth keyboards that also work with Macs and PCs.[69] The iPad can be charged by a standalone power adapter ("wall charger") also used for iPods and iPhones, and a 10 W charger is included with the iPad.[4]


Customers standing in line in front of an Apple Store. The line is very long.

Customers standing in line waiting to purchase the 3rd generation iPad. The long line is often cited as evidence for the iPad's high demand.

The camera of the 3rd generation iPad.

Critics praised the 3rd generation iPad's 5-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording.

Critical reception

The 3rd generation iPad has received a number of positive reviews. Many praised its Retina display, camera, processor, and LTE capabilities.[10][11][13] According to Walt Mossberg of All Things Digital, with the introduction of the 3rd generation model, the iPad now "has the most spectacular display...seen in a mobile device" and holds the crown as "the best tablet on the planet."[55] Jonathan Spira, writing in Frequent Business Traveler, claimed that it "seems to make everything sharper and clearer".[12] Tim Stevens of Engadget said that "Apple has chosen to take small steps in many areas, making a logical upgrade on the camera, a modest improvement in graphics performance and the perfectly natural addition of LTE wireless."[10]

While the 3rd generation iPad generally received positive response on launch, it was soon discovered in markets outside the US that the tablet is incapable of LTE frequency other than those used by Verizon and AT&T (700 MHz and 700/2100 MHz, respectively). As the rest of the world was using 800 MHz, 1.8 GHz and 2.6 GHz, the iPad was not able to connect to LTE networks outside the US.[70][71] Soon after the March 2012 launch, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) took Apple to court for breaking four sections of Australian consumer law. They alleged that Apple's promotion of the tablet in Australia as the 'iPad Wi-Fi + 4G' misled customers, as the name indicates that it would work on Australia's then-current 4G network.[72][73] Apple responded to this by offering a full refund to all customers in Australia who purchased the Cellular version of the iPad.[74] On April 20, 2012, Apple stated that HSPA+ networks in Australia are 4G, even though the speeds are slower than that of LTE.

Apple had agreed to remove all references to 4G capability in its UK advertising but has not done so; there is as yet no widespread 4G network in the UK and the iPad will be incompatible with the network when it does roll out. The Advertising Standards Authority has received consumer complaints on the matter. Apple has offered to refund customers who bought the device after being misled by the advertising.[76] The result of numerous complains and lawsuits against Apple regarding the use of the term 4G in their advertisements prompted Apple to rename its "4G" service to "Cellular". This change came into effect on Apple's webpage on May 13, 2012.[77][78]

Many users have reported abnormally high temperatures on the casing of the 3rd generation iPad, especially after running 3D games. If used while plugged in, the rear of the new iPad became as much as 12 degrees Fahrenheit (7 degrees Celsius) hotter than an iPad 2 subjected to the same tests; while the difference unplugged was 13 degrees Fahrenheit (7.5 degrees Celsius). Thermal imaging tests revealed that the iPad can get as hot as 116 degrees Fahrenheit (47 degrees Celsius). At this temperature it was warm to touch but not uncomfortable when held for a brief period.[79][80][81] In a follow up report, Consumer Reports said that they "don't believe the temperatures we recorded in our tests of the new iPad represent a safety concern".[82] Consumer Reports gave the 3rd generation iPad a top rating and recommendation, claiming that the tablet was "superb", "very good", and "very fast", and said that the 4G network, the Retina display, and overall performance all had positive attributes. They elaborated on the display quality, stating that the 3rd generation iPad was "the best we’ve seen". The iPad's new display was a large enough improvement to prompt Consumer Reports to rate it "excellent," and consequently normalize its scale by downgrading the display of other tablets (including the iPad 2) from "excellent" to "very good."

The claimed superiority of the A5X over the Tegra 3 processor was questioned around launch time by manufacturer Nvidia; some benchmarks have since confirmed superiority in graphics performance, although the Tegra 3 has greater processor performance.[84][85]

The closed and proprietary nature of iOS has garnered criticism, particularly by digital rights advocates such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation, computer engineer and activist Brewster Kahle, Internet-law specialist Jonathan Zittrain, and the Free Software Foundation who protested the iPad's introductory event and have targeted the iPad with their "Defective by Design" campaign.[86][87][88][89] Competitor Microsoft, via a PR spokesman, has also criticized Apple's control over its platform.[90] At issue are restrictions imposed by the design of iOS, namely DRM intended to lock purchased media to Apple's platform, the development model (requiring a yearly subscription to distribute apps developed for the iOS), the centralized approval process for apps, as well as Apple's general control and lockdown of the platform itself. Particularly at issue is the ability for Apple to remotely disable or delete apps at will. Some in the tech community have expressed concern that the locked-down iOS represents a growing trend in Apple's approach to computing, particularly Apple's shift away from machines that hobbyists can "tinker with" and note the potential for such restrictions to stifle software innovation.[91][92]
Commercial reception

The demand for pre-orders was so high for the 3rd generation iPad that later orders were quoted shipping times of "two to three weeks" after the order was placed.[93][94] Apple said that "customer response to the new iPad has been off the charts and the quantity available for pre-order has been purchased".[28] Despite the delayed shipping, many users chose to purchase the iPad online instead of waiting in line at the Apple Store.[95] Approximately 750 people waited outside the Fifth Avenue Apple Store for the release of the iPad.[96] According to an Apple press release, three million iPads were sold in the first three days following its release.[1][16] The iPad was purchased mainly by a younger, male demographic. Most of the buyers were either "die-hard Apple fans" or had previously purchased an iPad.[97] Brad Ditzell, manager of MacTown, an Apple store in Dayton, Ohio, claimed that the demand for the tablet was "chaotic" and claimed that its launch was "drastically more significant than the iPad 2 launch."[6]

On March 2, 2012, the mobile advertising network InMobi conducted an on-device survey of 689 mobile users. They found that 29 percent of mobile users were planning to purchase the 3rd generation iPad, and 54 percent of those do not yet own a tablet. Sixty-five percent would consider purchasing the first generation iPad or an iPad 2 instead because of the lower cost. Forty-four percent would only consider the iPad if they were to purchase a tablet. InMobi also asked which features the respondents wanted; 57 percent wanted a faster processor speed, 47 percent wanted better battery life, 46 percent wanted the Retina display, 43 percent wanted 4G (LTE) access, 34 percent wanted the 5 megapixel camera and 1080p video recording, and 31 percent wanted the iPad because of its size and weight.


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