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Example: "Many schools use iPads as educational tools for teaching purposes."

The iPad is a lightweight tablet PC developed by Apple. It looks similar to an iPhone, but has a much larger touchscreen display. Like the iPhone, the iPad supports multi-touch (using multiple fingers at once) and gestures, such as swiping or pinching objects on the screen.

The iPad runs the iOS, which is the same operating system the iPhone uses. Therefore, the interface of the iPhone and iPad are similar and include many of the same features. The iPad can also run iPhone apps, as well as iOS apps written specifically for the iPad. iPad apps can be downloaded through iTunes or directly from the App Store app on the iPad.

Published: March 5, 2011

Definition from the PC Glossary