The fourth-generation iPad is designed with iOS 6.0. It can act as a hotspot with some carriers, sharing its Internet connection over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB,and also access the Apple App Store, a digital application distribution platform for iOS.
The iPad comes with several pre-installed applications, including Siri, Safari, Mail, Photos, Video, Music, iTunes, App Store, Maps, Notes, Calendar,Game Center, Photo Booth, and Contacts.
Although the tablet is not designed to make phone calls over a cellular network, users can use a headset or the built-in speaker and microphone and place phone calls over Wi-Fi or cellular using a VoIP application, such as Skype.
The fourth-generation device has an optional iBooks application, which displays books and other ePub-format content downloaded from the iBookstore.