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The original iPad (generation 1 or 1st gen), released by Apple in April 2010, featured a sleek and minimalist design, consistent with Apple’s signature style. Here’s a breakdown of its appearance:

  • Display: It sported a 9.7-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels.
  • Body: The iPad had a curved aluminum back and a flat glass front. It was relatively thick compared to later models, measuring about 0.5 inches in thickness.
  • Button Layout: The front of the device featured a single circular “Home” button below the display. On the sides and top, there were volume control buttons, a screen rotation lock (later changed to a mute switch in software updates), and a power/sleep button.
  • Other Features: The bottom edge hosted the 30-pin dock connector (which was standard for Apple devices of that era) and a speaker grille.
  • Weight and Dimensions: The original iPad weighed about 1.5 pounds (680 grams) for the Wi-Fi model and slightly more for the Wi-Fi + 3G variant.

Its design was groundbreaking at the time, setting the standard for future tablets. Over the years, subsequent iPad models have become thinner, lighter, and more powerful, but the original iPad laid the foundation for the evolution of modern tablets.

Eric Chan

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