The web is even more captivating on iPad thanks to the Retina display. Text is sharp and crisp. Colors are vibrant and true to life. And browsing is fast and responsive.
Speedy Wi‑Fi or fast cellular data connections and a powerful A6X chip mean web pages load in a blink.1 Tap, pinch, or scroll, and you’ll notice the incredible response.
Read articles without distractions.
Just tap the Reader icon and clutter instantly disappears. All you see is the article. Not enough time to read it? Add the article’s link to your Reading List and finish it later. No Internet connection? Safari saves web pages — not just links — in your Reading List, so you can catch up even when you’re offline.
Share the sites.
If you’re on a web page you find interesting and want to share it, you can. Easily. One tap opens a menu that lets you email a link to the page, tweet about it, or post it on Facebook.
Safari and iCloud.
iCloud keeps your Reading List, bookmarks, and tabs up to date across all your devices automatically. So you can pick up on one device where you left off on another.
Email, fun? On iPad it is. Because you can flick through your inbox. Tap to open attachments. Pinch to zoom. And turn iPad from portrait to landscape to change your view.
Use the smart keyboard.
Writing and replying to email is easy with the smart keyboard. It suggests words, corrects spelling, and inserts punctuation. It recognizes email addresses from your contacts. And it supports over 50 languages.
Keep track of conversations.
Mail makes it easy by grouping messages in a thread. The original email and its many replies appear under the most recent message. Of course, some emails are more important than others. So Mail lets you set up a VIP list. It designates emails from VIPs with a star and alerts you when you receive one. And iCloud recognizes VIP email on all your devices.
If an email contains images and photos, you’ll see them right in the message and you can save them to your Camera Roll. Mail also lets you open PDF, iWork, and Microsoft Office files with a tap. It’s even easy to attach photos and video without leaving the Mail app.
Add all your accounts.
Mail works with popular email providers including Google Gmail, Microsoft Exchange, Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail, and AOL — along with most industry-standard IMAP and POP systems.
Both a way to read books and a way to download them, iBooks transforms the simple act of reading into something simply delightful. Download iBooks for free from the App Store
iBooks features the best of what’s new right at the top of the page. Scroll the stacks and you’ll find 2 million books and counting — including new Multi-Touch books.2 The books you choose download right to your iPad, and iCloud makes them available on your other iOS devices.
Customize your view.
The Retina display makes text crystal clear. And you can change the way you read by adjusting the text size. Selecting a different font. Adjusting the brightness. Or choosing a white, sepia, or nighttime-friendly theme.
Use reading tools.
You can highlight or underline text, make notes, look up a word in the dictionary or on the web, or search inside the book. You can even use VoiceOver to have iPad read to you.
iBooks and iCloud.
With iCloud, the books you download on your iPad appear on your other devices, ready to read.
Moments, Collections, and Years are smart groupings of your photos and videos based on time and place. They make it easy to keep your photos organized and find the ones you’re looking for. And your photos will look amazing on the iPad high-resolution Retina display.
Tap Edit to do a quick touch-up, remove red-eye, or crop a photo. Filters let you do even more with each image — give it a retro feel, dial up contrast, or go black and white — so you can get the image you want even if you didn’t shoot it that way. And you can remove filters at any time if you change your mind. To make your pictures look their absolute best, try iPhoto for iPad.
Moments, Collections, and Years.
Tap Years and all your shots fill the screen. Each year holds Collections, like your trip to San Francisco. And in that Collection are distinct Moments — photos from Union Square, videos from AT&T Park. So you can find a shot from whenever, wherever, in no time.
iCloud Photo Sharing.
With iCloud, you can share your favorite moments with your friends and family by creating a shared photo stream. They can post photos, videos, and comments to your stream, and it all appears on everyone’s iOS devices — automatically. The Activity view lets you see the latest updates from all your shared streams in one place.
You can tell them how you’re doing. Or you can show them.
FaceTime lets you have it both ways — and in more places, over Wi‑Fi or cellular networks.3
Tap FaceTime to make a video call.
FaceTime closes the distance between you and the people you care about — from miles to inches. To make a video call, tap FaceTime. Then select a name, wait for the person to accept the call, and smile big. FaceTime works over Wi‑Fi or cellular networks, so you can wave hello from practically anywhere.
Switch between cameras during a call.
On the front of iPad is a FaceTime HD camera. On the back is an iSight camera. You can switch between them anytime during a call. So one minute your friends see you, and the next they see what you see.
Start with your Apple ID.
All you need to start making FaceTime video calls is a free Apple ID. If you’ve purchased anything from the iTunes Store or the App Store, you already have one. If you need an Apple ID, you can create one at My Apple ID.
Find a café. Find a restaurant. Or find yourself looking down on the Empire State Building. Beautifully designed from the ground up, Maps will change the way you see the world.4
More beautiful maps.
Elements in Maps are vector based, so graphics and text are incredibly detailed — even when you zoom all the way in — and panning is smooth. Use the tilt and rotate gestures to view an area, and Maps keeps the names of streets and places where they belong.
As you approach a turn, Maps speaks the directions, so you can watch the road. Follow along with 3D views: Signs and arrows make it easy to see where you’re headed.
See the world from a whole new perspective with photo-realistic and interactive 3D views of select major metro areas. Explore like never before as you zoom, pan, and rotate around a city and its landmarks.
The charm and selection of a corner newsstand are on your iPad. Newsstand puts all your newspaper and magazine subscriptions in one place.
Get the latest issues automatically.
With Newsstand, every new issue is delivered right to your iPad. And it all happens in the background, without interrupting what you’re doing.
Find new reading material.
Tap the Store button in Newsstand and you’re transported to a section of the App Store featuring newspapers, magazines, and journals. Tap to add new favorites to your newsstand, and they begin downloading right away.
Interact with what you read.
With some newspapers and magazines, you’ll find interactive elements that let you dig deeper into an article with just a tap or a pinch.
iMessage lets you send text messages to iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and even Mac computers. The best part: If you’re texting over Wi‑Fi, it’s free and unlimited.5
Send more than words.
In addition to text, you can send photos, videos, locations, and contacts. Messages are securely encrypted. And if you have more than one iOS device, iMessage keeps the conversation going across all of them.
Get delivery and read receipts.
You’ll get a delivery receipt letting you know your message went through. You’ll know it’s been read, too, if your friend has enabled read receipts.
Text a group of people at once.
Just add their names in the To field to start a group messaging session. When someone replies, everyone sees it.
Meetings, appointments, engagements, birthdays, anniversaries, and now Facebook events all have their time and place with Calendar. It makes your schedules easy to manage — even when everything happens at once. And iCloud keeps them in sync across all your devices.
Forgetting happens way too often. That’s why iPad helps you remember with Reminders. Create a list of have-to-dos, want-to-dos, or whatever you like. Set a due date, and Reminders notifies you so you stay on track. iCloud even keeps all your reminders on all your devices.
Contacts isn’t just names and numbers. It’s email addresses, IM nicknames, birthdays, anniversaries, websites — even your Facebook friends’ profile information. So when they update their email address or phone number, you automatically stay up to date. And in sync across all your devices, thanks to iCloud.
Shop the iTunes Store and browse millions of songs and thousands of HD movies. You can Like your favorites on Facebook. Even see what your friends Like. Then download anything directly to your iPad. iCloud lets you access everything you purchase on every device you use.
If you love listening to music, you’ll love seeing it, too. The Retina display brings colors to life. So album art looks like a work of art. Tap to flip an album over to see a list of tracks, rate it with one to five stars, or pick a song Genius can use to create a Genius playlist.
The gotta-see-it-to-believe-it clarity of the Retina display lets you watch 1080p videos at their full HD resolution. So get ready for more gripping entertainment than you ever thought possible.
A great idea could strike at any moment. Before you lose it, pull out iPad and jot it down in Notes. With iCloud, all your notes stay with you on every device you use. So you can think of Notes as the keeper of anything important or anything, period.
Unbelievable moments get believable when you capture them on iPad. The 5MP iSight camera has HDR support for perfectly balanced exposures. Get the shot the way you want with four shooting formats — still, video, panorama, and square — all just a swipe away. When the moment calls for motion, shoot a video instead. iPad does that, too — in 1080p HD.
Make that face and it’ll stay that way, courtesy of Photo Booth on iPad. It lets you take some downright nutty pictures of yourself. Or of your friends. Pose for the camera, apply an effect, and dare yourself to share it.
One look and you’ll want more than the local time. The World Clock simultaneously displays the time of locations you choose across different time zones — you’ll even see if it’s day or night. The stopwatch, alarm, and timer each make the most of the iPad display.
In the world of Game Center, taking pleasure in bringing someone down is a cardinal rule. Challenge your friends or complete strangers. Play one on one or as a group. When the dust settles, visit the leaderboards to see who reigns supreme.