Today is the 10th anniversary of Steve Jobs’s launch of the iPad at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. This is the last major product he released before his death in 2011. Jobs believes there is room for a new device category between a smartphone and a laptop, but only if the device performs well on certain tasks. He then unveiled the iPad as a “magical and revolutionary device” for browsing the web, reading and sending e-mail, viewing photos, watching videos, listening to music, playing games, reading e-books, and more.
“The iPad is the most advanced technology in our amazing and revolutionary device, at an incredible price,” Jobs said. IPad created and defined a new device category that connects users to their apps and content in an intimate, intuitive, and fun way than ever before. ”
The original iPad featured a 9.7-inch display, a single-core Apple A4 processor, 64GB of storage, 256MB of RAM, 10 hours of battery life, A Bluetooth 2.1, 30-pin docking station and headphone jack. In the U.S., Wi-Fi-only models start at $499, while models with Wi-Fi and 3G cellular connectivity start at $629. It’s worth noting that the first iPad didn’t have a camera.
Apple says the iPad is just 0.5 inches thick and weighs just 1.5 pounds, thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook at the time.
Apple began shipping the iPad on April 3, 2010, a day after the company announced that it had sold 300,000 iPads. When the iPad 2 was released in March 2011, Jobs provided the latest information on that number, showing that Apple sold 15 million iPads in its first nine months on the market.
Every year for the past decade, Apple has released a new generation of iPads, making some new features and design changes along the way.