Did you know: the first Apple iPad launched on this very day five years ago

Did you know: the first Apple iPad launched on this very day five years ago
The original Apple iPhone launched in 2007, sending an instant shockwave across the multi-billion phone industry, and crafting the form of the modern smartphone with its App Store and capacitive display in a time where software was limited to Java apps and displays were of the clumsy resistive type.

This was the crown jewel for Steve Jobs. 

10 years after he made his comeback as chief executive of Apple, the iPhone proved that the company was not only saved - it was on its way to greatness.

It's no surprise, then, that in 2010, when Jobs was going to unveil the Apple iPad, he already felt the weight of the world on his shoulders: expectations were sky high amongst Apple fans.

The original iPad turned out to be a success almost the level of the iPhone. The device practically kickstarted the era of the modern tablet (previous attempts at tablets were largely failures) with a formula drawn from the start: it ran iOS, it lasted a whopping 10 hours of on-screen time (and weeks when you didn't touch it), and most importantly, it ran apps that were custom-made for the large, 4:3 9.7-inch display.

For a quick flash back, here is what we said in our original iPad review back in 2010 about the new gadget:
"So, in the final analysis, we would say that if you need a mobile device strictly for business purposes, a notebook would be best. If you simply need an e-book reader, the Kindle will suit your needs. However, if you need a device that provides functionality typical of both worlds and gives it to you in a shiny aluminum body and ultra bright 9.7-inch multitouch display, then we do see the Apple iPad as the perfect solution."


And just looking at the original specifications, is quite the eye-opener. Take a peek at the spec highlights of the Apple iPad, 2010 edition:

  • 9.7-inch display with a 1024 x 768-pixel resolution
  • 0.5-inch (13mm) thickness
  • Apple A4 system chip with a single-core 1GHz CPU
  • 256MB RAM
  • no camera
And to put this in perspective, here is a quick size comparison against Apple's current iPad Air 2:

  • 13mm vs 6.1mm thickness
  • 132ppi vs 264ppi (1024 x 768-pixel resolution vs 2056 x 1536 pixels)
  • Single-core 1GHz CPU vs Tri-core 1.5GHz CPU
  • 256MB RAM vs 2GB RAM
  • 25.7oz (730g) vs 15.4oz (437g) weight
Technology has moved by quite a leap forward in just five years, hasn't it?

Back to current times, it's interesting that we still feel the same way about the utility of the tablet standing somewhere between a laptop and an e-reader. Apple and Steve Jobs were quick to usher in the post-PC era, and it has largely come. The tablet, however, is no longer the bustling success it originally was, and it actually seems that it is phablets that are taking that post-PC place of the untethered, always-on device that seemed reserved for the iPad. As many analysts have pointed out: the iPad is portable, but it's not truly mobile - you don't always have it with you, and ultimately, this is what seems to limit its future growth.

This post is not so much about the future, as a flashback to what the original iPad was, but we're still curious to hear your thoughts on the future of the iPad and tablets in general. For all else, here is Apple's original iPad introduction event, delivered by no other than Steve Jobs - take a look.

Related phones

iPad
  • Display 9.7" 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Processor Apple A4, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB

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13 Comments

1. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Reader: Everyone knows that. Victor H.: BUT, did you know that Pinocchio is a horrible motivational speaker?

2. Awesoman64

Posts: 292; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Kudos to Apple for revolutionizing the tablet industry.

12. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

It was December of 2009 that apple introduced ipad.

3. aryanfr1

Posts: 125; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

Happy to have my 1 generation ipad as a collection. Ipad is the the best product for me from apple.

4. Exempt1 unregistered

And then they released the Apple Watch, making up excuses on product shortage before it even hits the shelves.... Twice Apple have truly amazed me. The first iPhone, and the Macbook Air. Everything else has just been a bit meh. Samsung have amazed me a lot more; when the S3 came out with the major jump in PPI, now the curved display, the super fast battery charging... There's a list. The only thing recent which Apple have done is the 240fps camera, but even that is really a bother to use unless in the sunlight or a bright room. They need Jobs back to fix their brains, and get rid of Mr Ive and his 'design' crew.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31269; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Then use Samsung.

5. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

i ve used Fujitsu tablet like 10 years ago...and i loved the stylus pen and those features it offered... iPad - stolen idea from Microsoft...now after 5 years - everybody is happy that Stylus will come back to iPad Pro...

8. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

thank you for not drinking the Kool Aid.

6. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Meh...

7. TBomb

Posts: 1551; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Timehop told me this morning

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31269; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Been a great tablet since day one. Loving my mini 2.

11. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

I was literally in front of the San Francisco Apple store trying to figure out why there was such a huge line early that morning. I didn't find out until I got back to Chicago that it was the iPad launch. At the time I had zero interest in Apple because iPhone was not on Verizon.

13. Evan_C

Posts: 153; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

Look how far the iPad has came! Steve would be proud.

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