And the iPad took off. People loved it not only because it carried an Apple logo, but also because it was the excellent device for "couch computing". Soon, the competition took notice of the tablet phenomenon and started working on alternatives of its own. Nevertheless, no tablet has managed to reach the impressive sales figures of the iPad so far.
Then the iPad 2 was made official in March of 2011. It had better hardware, main and front-facing cameras, and a slimmer body while retaining that great battery life of 10 hours. And yes, it did sell like hot cakes, which is why Apple is still dominating on the tablet market.
Today, we were introduced to the latest and greatest iPad to date. Strangely, instead of naming it the iPad 3, or iPad HD, Apple simply refers to it as The new iPad. So, what is so new about it, you ask? Well, where shall we start: first, we have a Retina display on its front - a 9.7 touchscreen with a resolution of 2048 by 1536 pixels, and an A5X processor on the inside, which Apple claims to deliver four times the performance of a Tegra 3 chip. And then there is the camera upgrade, which is now with a 5-megapixel sensor with back-side illumination, and the introduction of LTE iPad models for both AT&T and Verizon.
So yeah, the iPad has gone a long way in only about two short years, and to show you just how much the device has changed, here is what the tablet had to offer specs-wise upon its introduction, and just where it stands now.