The i Pad Mini 2 added the Retina Display, the Apple A7 processor, and the Apple M7 motion coprocessor, closely matching the internal specifications of the i Pad Air.

Initially, the i Pad was only available to order at the Apple Store, but has since become available for purchase through retailers including Amazon, Walmart, and network operators.

The i Pad was launched in countries including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom on May 28.

The user interface is built around the device's multi-touch screen, including a virtual keyboard.

All i Pads can connect via Wi-Fi; some models also have cellular connectivity.

About 33% thinner than its predecessor and 15% lighter, the i Pad 2 has a better processor, a dual core Apple A5 that Apple says is twice as fast as its predecessor for CPU operations and up to nine times as fast for GPU operations.

The i Pad 2 includes front and back cameras that support the Face Time videophone application, as well as a three-axis gyroscope.

– can be enabled by downloading and installing apps.

As of March 2016, the App Store has more than one million apps for the i Pad by Apple and third parties. The first generation established design precedents, some of which, such as the home button placement, have persisted through all models.

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