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Tablet Computer - Apple Computer Company, iPad, 16 Gb, 2010 Object Reg. No: HT 31106

First generation iPad, tablet computer, manufactured by the Apple Computer Company in USA, in 2010.

The iPad was used as a communication device and as an information retrieval device for accessing books, periodicals, movies, music, games, applications (apps) and web content. Similar to the iPhone and iPod Touch, the iPad is controlled by a multitouch display. It is larger than a smartphone and smaller than a laptop. The first iPad was released in April 2010 and over 15 million had been sold worldwide by the time the second generation iPad was introduced in March 2011.

This particular iPad was one of over 500 iPads, each then worth $629, distributed in June 2010 to eight Victorian schools as part of an initiative by the Victorian Government to trial the impact of iPads on student learning and communication, on the way teachers plan and deliver curriculum in the classroom and on the iPad's potential for learning in the future. The participating schools included the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, which donated this iPad to Museum Victoria in 2012. The programme, utilising the iPad for learning in schools, was still inoperation at the time this item was donated to the Museum

Apple's first tablet computer was the Newton MessagePad 100, introduced in 1993.

This iPad and accompanying items are part of a representative collection of hardware, software, trade literature and promotional material that documents the history of the Apple Company and its contribution to, and impact on the computer industry and society.
iPad: rectangular silver metal case with thin curved sides and black framed screen on one of the larger sides. There are various connectors and inputs on three of the sides and a push button centred at the 'top' of the screen

The following items accompany the iPad
- Original cardboard box - white, rectangular, with fitted storage for iPad. mains adaptor, mains plug, mains cord and information packet
- Connection cord with testing tag
- Cardboard information packet - instruction card, product information guide, and Apple logo stickers
- Padded zipped case, black outside, orange inside - issued with the trial product (not made by Apple)
- White mains cord with connectors
- White mains plug
- White mains plug adapter
- Photos of launch in June 2010
Statement Of Significance:
Apple is well known for making technology intuitive and attractively packaged for a mass clientele. Apple did not necessarily create the innovation but they popularised it. They did this with the touchscreen and mp3, and now it has been done with the iPad.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Hilary Bland - Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, 2012
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 241 mm (Width), 190 mm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: computers, communication equipment
Themes this item is part of: Information & Communication Collection, Internet Macintosh User Group (iMug) Collection
Primary Classification: COMPUTING & CALCULATING
Secondary Classification: Digital Computing
Tertiary Classification: computer systems
Inscriptions: Rear of iPad: (Apple logo) / iPad / 16GB / Designed by Apple in California Assembled in China Model A219 / (text) / Serial V5023YBRZ38
Rear of iPad - red sticker: PROPERTY OF / VICTORIAN COLLEGE OF / THE ARTS SECONDARY / SCHOOL / 2543(handwritten)
Exterior of box lid: (image of iPad screen) / (two sides with Apple logo) / (two sides)iPad
Instruction card: iPad / (iPad screen with labels / (text on back)
Front of product information guide: (Apple logo) / iPad / Important Product Information Guide / (very small print inside)
One side of sticker on mains cord: Ozlag / Testing Services / 0411 193 613 / AS/NZS 3760 tested
Other side of sticker on mains cord: Asset ID / (barcode) VCASS6071 / Last Test 03 Oct 2011 / Retest 03 Oct 2012 / (text)
Mains plug adapter: (text)
Tag on case: HandyCandy / CASES
Model Name/Number: iPad
Manufacturer: Apple Computer Inc, Cupertino, California, Australia, 2010
User: Ms Hilary Bland - Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, Southbank, Victoria, Australia, 2010-2012
References: Wikipedia article on iPad accessed 21 March 2012: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPad
Press Release 'The Trial Of The iPad Begins' 1 June 2010 accessed 21 March 2012: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/news/newsalerts/2010/iPadtrial.htm
VCA Secondary School Newsletter 3-9 June 2010 accessed 21 March 2012: http://www.google.com.au/#hl=en&;site=&source=hp&q=VCA+school+newsletter+3-9+june+2010&btnK=Google+Search&oq=&aq=&aqi=&aql=&gs_sm=&gs_upl=&gs_l=&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=91acdbaf5fb555fb&biw=800&bih=403
'The iPads for learning trial' accessed 21 March 2012: http://www.google.com.au/#hl=en&;site=&source=hp&q=the+ipads+for+learning+trial&oq=the+ipads+for+learning+trial&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_sm=3&gs_upl=3953l14249l0l15593l28l28l0l3l3l0l266l5314l0.4.21l25l0&gs_l=hp.3...3953l14249l0l15593l28l28l0l3l3l0l266l5314l0j4j21l25l0.frgbld.&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=91acdbaf5fb555fb&biw=800&bih=403

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