Apple co-founder unveiled the world’s first iPad model on January 27, 2010, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco
Exactly ten years ago, Steve Jobs , at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, presented the first iPad model . It was one of the last major products he presented before his death in 2011.
Jobs argued that there was room for a new category of devices between smartphones and laptops , but only if that device was superior in some businesses. He then introduced the iPad exactly, referring to it as a ” magical and revolutionary device ” for surfing the web, reading and sending emails, viewing photos, watching videos, listening to music, playing games, reading ebooks and more.
“IPad is our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device at an incredible price,” said Jobs. “IPad creates and defines a completely new category of devices that will connect users with their apps and content in a much more complete, intuitive and fun way than ever before.”
The original iPad featured a 9.7-inch display , a single-core Apple A4 processor , up to 64 GB of storage space, 256 MB of RAM , an advertised 10-hour battery life , Bluetooth 2.1 , a connector 30-pin dock and a headphone jack. Specifically, the original iPad had no cameras.
At only 0.5 inches thick and weighing just 1.5 kg , Apple claimed that the iPad was thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook out there at the time.
Apple released the iPad on April 3, 2010, and a day later, the company announced that it has already sold over 300,000 iPads . When he introduced the iPad 2 in March 2011, Jobs provided an update on this figure, revealing that Apple sold nearly 15 million iPads during its first nine months of availability.
Over the past decade, a new generation of iPad has been released every year, with several new features and design changes:
- March 2011 – iPad 2 : 33% thinner, up to 15% lighter, dual-core Apple A5 processor, front and rear cameras and new white color option
- March 2012 – 3rd generation iPad : Retina display, 4G LTE, Apple A5X processor and 1080p video recording
- October 2012 – 4th generation iPad : Lightning connector and Apple A6X processor
- October 2012 – iPad mini : 7.9-inch display
- October 2013 – iPad Air : 64-bit Apple A7 processor, 20% thinner and 28% lighter than the fourth generation iPad and thinner bezels
- October 2014 – iPad Air 2 : Touch ID, fully laminated Retina display and Apple A8X processor
- September 2015 – iPad Pro : 12.9-inch Retina display, Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard support, Apple A9X processor and four speakers
- March 2017 – 5th generation iPad : with 9.7-inch Retina display and Apple A9 processor
- June 2017 – 2nd generation iPad Pro : ProMotion update rate up to 120Hz, Apple A10X Fusion chip and thinner bezels
- March 2018 – 6th generation iPad : with Apple Pencil support and Apple A10 processor
- October 2018 – 3rd generation iPad Pro : major redesign with thinner bezels, Face ID, USB-C connector, Apple A12X Bionic processor, up to 1 TB of storage space and second generation Apple Pencil support
- September 2019 – 7th generation iPad : 10.2-inch Retina display and standard-size Smart Keyboard support
Looking ahead, rumors suggest that Apple will update its iPad Pro range as early as March . A key new feature should be a triple lens rear camera system with advanced 3D detection for augmented reality.