iPad Tech Specs – Dimensions

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I thought as part of our iPad Basics coverage, it would be useful to lay out the tech specs of the device.  You can of course go to this Apple page to review them all, but I figured it might be useful to share them in more bit-sized chunks, as there are a lot of them.

So here are the dimensions details for the iPad:

Size and weight

Height: 9.56 inches (242.8 mm)
Width: 7.47 inches (189.7 mm)
Depth: 0.5 inch (13.4 mm)
Weight: 1.5 pounds (0.68 kg) Wi-Fi model;
           1.6 pounds (0.73 kg) Wi-Fi + 3G model

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11 thoughts on “iPad Tech Specs – Dimensions

  1. I realize you copied it off Apple's specs page, so it's their bailiwick, but it only goes to prove that the mighty Californian company has yet to come to terms with the metric system. No European in his right mind would ever express those measures in terms of fractional millimeters – over 10 mm size we use "centimeters." And weight of that magnitude is best stated in grams (1000g = 1kg).

    Here are the colloquially-correct metric values:

    Height: 9.56 inches (24.3 cm)
    Width: 7.47 inches (19 cm = 189.7 mm rounded off to)
    Depth: 0.5 inch (1.3 cm – or 1.34 cm if one wanted to be anal; observe that 0.5 inch = 12.7 mm or 1.27 cm otherwise)
    Weight: 1.5 pounds (680 g) Wi-Fi model;
    1.6 pounds (730 g) Wi-Fi + 3G model

    • Thanks for the useful translations. I have to admit that I never fully got to grip with the metric system either, even after a dozen years in the UK :)

    • I know this was over a year ago but I googled iPad dimensions and saw your comment, I was horrified! no wonder some have a problem with metric when some don’t use it the way it was designed, Apple got it right, centimeters are officially part of SI units but in the same way as no-one uses heptometers (or decimeters, centigrams or any other intermediate unit) in engineering, It is based on multiples of 1000, k- kilo, M- Mega, m- mili, n- nano etc.
      to use centimeters is not “wrong” but to correct something which is better with something that is worse is unhelpful.

    • When I was in college there were -2- metric systems: CGS and MKS. The basic units were:
      CGS- Centimeter-Gram-Second
      MKS- Meter-Kilogram-Second
      At the time (1970s) MKS was the ‘preferred’ system for physics problems.
      –Paul E Musselman

  2. Here are few other iPad-metrics, that Apple in its eternal
    & bottomless marketing wisdom has deemed unimportant
    to publicize: ACTUAL SIZE OF THE SCREEN ITSELF.

    Disclosed height and width figures are of the iPad, not
    its coniderably smaller viewable area. Dividing known
    screen width of 768 pixels by claimed density of 132dpi
    [dots per inch; dots=pixels] gives physical 5.8181818
    inch-screen width; 5.8" rounded off, or [5.8*2.54=] 14.8
    cm, also rounded off. Similarly, 1024 pixels divided by
    132dpi leads to 7.75 inches, or 19.7 cm screen height.

    iPad's LCD screen is thus 7.75 by 5.8in wide
    (or rounded off: 20 x 15 cm). That is somewhat
    smaller than an European A5 envelope.

    Area-wise this in turn gives total 71.4 square in., or
    460 cm^2 for the iPad; vs. 45.1 sq. inches; or 291
    cm^2 for the display. This represents a 63:37% ratio
    of unit:screen real estate (the 37% makes up the
    bezel around it.)

    Finally, unless my calculations are way off base
    (could be), diagonally the screen is 9.69 inches,
    i.e. very close to stated 9.7 in, or 24.4 in good-
    olé-centimeters.

    [diagonal = length of right-angled triangle's
    hypotenuse is the square root of added
    squares of the other two sides]

    • Apple's page does actually list the display as 9.7 inches diagonal, and I believe that's also long been the standard for stating computer screen sizes – as in when someone says they have a 15 inch monitor, that's a diagonal measurement as well.

  3. Semantic corrections: the 63:37% figure above is
    of screen-to-bezel ratio; the screen is the same
    width as an A5 paper sheet, while being 1 cm
    shorter (envelope for that format is C5, not A5).

    Other than that, there is an interesting difference
    vs. pixel- and physical screen sizes of iPhone/ iPod
    Touch. Both handhelds sport a screen of 480×320
    pixels, but of higher density, 163 dpi to iPad's 132.
    iPhone's screen is 5.78 square inches with 153600
    pixels. When compared to iPad's own [1024 x 768=]
    786432 pixels over 45 square inches we find that,

    while pixelwise iPad's screen is [786432 / 153600=]
    5.12 times larger, in physical terms it is [45 / 5.78=]
    7.8, or ALMOST 8 TIMES LARGER than iPhone's own.

    So imagine 8 Touch-screens [sans bezel] in portrait
    mode arranged in two rows of four, then the entire
    assembly shifted 90 degrees to portrait again – and
    there you have it, a mental picture of how big the
    iPad's screen will feel in April [rhyme coincidential].

    As an aside, were iPad's 1024×768 px screen of the
    same density as the iPhone, 163 dpi, it would either
    have to shrink in physical size to [[1024/163=] 6.28
    x [768/163=] 4.71]= 29.6 square inches; 191 cm^2
    [vs. current 45 sq. in./ 291 cm^2], –OR–, if present
    [7.75 in. x 5.81 in.]= 45 sq. in. screen size be kept,
    increase pixel count to [5.81*163=] 947 px wide and
    [7.75*163=] 1263 px high; 1196336 px square total.

    This would give a pixel count that's either 152%
    bigger, or 66% smaller depending on whether present
    figure [786432] be treated as default or not.

    How's that for a unholy-Kabbalistic approach to iPad's
    numerology? ;-))

  4. @Andrew:
    I measured Ipad 3 (Retina): 14,73 cm x 19,68cm.
    But the tent of milimter digit (“3″) is only visually estimated, I cannot measure well in tent of milimeters

  5. I remember a TV series which was called 'Bergerac' I think, which was set in the Channel Islands. Still can't think in stones, always in pounds and so on. Thanks for the tips, but I'll stick with inches, yards, and all the yankee stuff for now. :)