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Apple iPad Air - 1st Generation


Overview - PENDING

I did not upgrade to the 4th Generation iPad, in large part due to the Apple's moving from the 30 pin dock connector to the Lightning connector. I eventually upgraded to the Lighting connector enabled first generation iPad Air in November 2014, some 12 months after its release.


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As might be expected, the third second generation iPad had a faster processor and more RAM than its predecessor and was the first iPad to feature a Retina display. The physical size was similar to the Gen 2 with the same height and width but a slightly larger depth at  9.4mm , some 0.6mm thicker than the previous version.

Apple were not even content to limit their iPad releases to 1 a year - the Generation 3 was discontinued only 9 months after its release with the announcement of the Generation 4 model! The Gen 3 models is only supported by iOS releases up to 9.3.6 - the same as the Gen 2 model. 

iPad 3 Overview from the first release of the iPad User Guide for iOS 5.1.

There is little noticeable differences from the iPad 2 until the device is turned on, then the better quality display is evident.
In an enhancement to the original iPad, the second generation model supported a new magnetic "Smart Cover" that automatically wakes up the iPad 2 when the cover is opended and puts it to sleep when the cover is closed.

I purchased one of the leather Apple Smart Covers as shown here. The same cover worked with 2nd, 3rd and 4th Generation iPads.
The UK charger for the 1st Generation iPad, consisting of a "base" with UK 3-pin plug that mates with a 5VDC/10W USB power output for connection to the USB to Apple 30-pin connector cable.

It is possible to charge the iPad from the standard USB port of a laptop, but the USB 2.0 standard only allows for 500mA to be supplied by the USB port and the iPad will not charge at the same time as it is being used on power from a standard USB port.

The same charger block was supplied with the 3rd Generation iPad too.

Released October 2013
Discontinued March 2016
Obtained by me November 2014
Apple SoC Version Apple A5X
Processor Architecture ARM Cortex-A9
CPU Clock Speed 1 GHz Quad Core
Graphics Core PowerVR SGX543MP4
Flash Memory Size Options 16 GB / 32 GB / 64 GB
Connectivity Options
Model A1430 WiFi only
Model A1430 WiFi + 4G
Model A1430  CDMA (Verizon)
Operating System at release
At release iOS 5.1
Highest supported iOS 9.3.6
Front Video: VGA up to 30 frame/s with audio
Still : VGA-quality, 0.3 MP 
Rear  Video: 1080p up to 30 frame/s with audio
 Still: 960720 with 5 digital zoom, 5 MP
Display Size
  Inch mm
Size 9.7 250
Display Resolution 20481536 pixels at 264 ppi (Retina Display)
(Portrait) Inch mm
Height 9.5 241
Width 7.31 186
Depth 0.37 9.4
  lb. g
WiFi only 1.44 650
WiFi + 4G 1.46 660
Battery 3.7V, 43Wh, 11,560 mAh (9-10 hours)
Apple Charger (UK Version)
Mains Power Plug  
Charger (10W) A1357
Interface Connector 30-pin
Additional Sensors
Geolocation Assisted GPS
  Cellular network
Environment Accelerometer
  Ambient light sensor
Bold type signifies the model that I have (had)

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