Touring the Front and Back of the iPad Exterior

By Bob LeVitus, Edward C. Baig, Bryan Chaffin

On the front and back of your iPad, you find the following external features, which also are labeled in the figure that follows this list:

  • Touchscreen: The iPad has a gorgeous high-resolution color touchscreen: Try not to drool all over it.
  • Home button/Touch ID sensor: No matter what you’re doing, you can press the Home button at any time to display the Home screen, as shown in Figure 1-4. The Home button also doubles as a Touch ID sensor on most iPads, so you can use your fingerprint (or a passcode) to unlock your phone and authenticate purchases.
  • Front (FaceTime) camera: The front camera is serviceable and delivers decent-enough video for video chats and such, but it’s not particularly good for taking still photos. That is, unless your iPad is a Pro model, which offers 7-megapixel front camera photos (versus 1.2 megapixels on all other models).
  • App icons: Each of the icons shown on the screen launches an included iPad app.
  • Rear camera: On the backside, just below the sleep/wake button, iPads have a better camera than the one in front. Pro models have 12-megapixel cameras with an f/1.8 aperture; other iPads have 8-megapixel cameras with f/2.4 apertures. All iPads can record HD video at 1080p; Pro models can record video at up to 4K.
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The front and back of the iPad: a study in elegant simplicity.