Apple was founded in 1976, selling motherboards built by the company founders, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. Apple has had its ups and downs, but today stands as the world’s most valuable company, according to the Forbes top 100 list.
In April 2010, Apple revolutionised the emerging tablet market with the iPad, which gave users the ability to take photos, play games, video call friends and much more. The iPad has been continuously improved upon ever since with new models and three new product lines – the iPad Mini, iPad Pro and iPad Air.
The iPad range
|iPad||April 3, 2010||16, 32 or 64 GB||1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8|
|iPad 2||March 11, 2011||16, 32 or 64 GB||1 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9|
|iPad 3||March 16, 2012||16, 32 or 64 GB||1 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9|
|iPad 4||November 2, 2012||16, 32, 64 or 128 GB||1.4 GHz dual-core Apple Swift|
|iPad Air||November 1, 2013||16, 32, 64 or 128 GB||1.4 GHz dual-core Apple Cyclone|
|iPad Air 2||October 22, 2014||16, 64 or 128 GB||1.5 GHz tri-core Apple Typhoon|
|iPad Mini||November 2, 2012||16, 32 or 128 GB||1 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9|
|iPad Mini 2||November 12, 2013||16, 32, 64 or 128 GB||1.3 GHz dual-core Apple Cyclone|
|iPad Mini 3||October 22, 2014||16, 64 or 128 GB||1.3 GHz dual-core Apple Cyclone|
|iPad Mini 4||September 9, 2015||16, 64 or 128 GB||1.5 GHz dual-core Apple Typhoon|
|iPad Pro||November 11, 2015||32 or 128GB||2.26 GHz dual-core Apple Twister|
What’s next for Apple?
There is speculation that the next tablet to be announced by Apple will be the iPad Air 3. Macworld says it expected an announcement to this effect would be made in October 2015, but it is now suggested this announcement won’t come until early 2016, for a March release.