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US orangutans are latest iPad customers

It appears that we humans aren’t the only ones making the most of Apple’s iPad – orangutans in the US are gearing up to start making video calls to each other using the device.

Orangutans at a Milwaukee zoo are dab-hands with the iPad, having been introduced to the technology back in May.

We were all dubious when Apple released the first iPad last year, but the technology has proved it does have a purpose.

Complaints of it being too big to be a phone and too portable to be a proper computer were rife when the iPad came out. But, as with all Apple products, it soon caught on and was a huge success.

It wasn’t long before other tech companies wanted a slice of the tablet pie. Samsung, Blackberry and Sony have all released their version of the tablet.

So, just as in the smartphone market, the consumer has a wide variety of tablets to choose from, each one offering something slightly different for a slightly different price.

iPad is tablet of choice for apes

But the tablet of choice for the Milwaukee orangutans is the iPad, who have been using the device for several months now.

So far, they have kept themselves entertained using drawing apps and watching videos (they are big David Attenborough fans apparently), but are gearing up to make the most of the iPad’s Wi-FI technology.

Zoo keepers at the Milwaukee zoo have so far only let the orangutans use the iPad through the bars in their cage, not trusting them to hold the device for themselves.

But they have said that the next step will be to set up a Wi-Fi connection, so the orangutans can watch other apes around the country, or indeed the world.

Zoo keepers also want to get their hands on a reinforced iPad, so the orangutans can make the most of their new toy without snapping it in half.