An operating system for the iPad, Apple’s answer to Google’s Android, will be launched in the coming weeks, with an expected launch date in the second half of the year.
The move comes as Apple launches the first major new product since it introduced its first iPad in 2011, a 13-inch model, in what’s becoming a familiar pattern for the company.
The iPad is also expected to be Apple’s latest attempt to break into the burgeoning smartphone market, which is growing rapidly and has already overtaken tablets in usage.
With the iPad operating system, Apple will be able to make the best of a crowded field, including the likes of Google’s latest Android, Microsoft’s Windows Phone and Apple’s iOS.
With a massive range of products, including its own mobile-first software, Apple is able to offer its users a broad range of different products and experiences.
Its operating system is also unique in that it will be a direct competitor to the Android OS, with a wide range of third-party applications and developers.
The introduction of an operating system will give Apple a huge leg-up over rivals who have traditionally been able to sell more limited and niche products.
Apple already has a long history of offering a number of different operating systems.
Its Windows Phone operating system was developed with Microsoft and Microsoft Office, and it launched with the iPod touch in 2011.
The company also launched the Mac OS X operating system in 2006, the first operating system to be supported by a Mac.
It is currently one of the world’s most valuable companies.