On January 27, 2010 Steve Jobs unveiled the original iPad. Here’s one of the ways he summed up the new device that stood out for me on that day:
Our most advanced technology in a magical & revolutionary device at an unbelievable price.
The words ‘magical’ and ‘revolutionary’ in particular really stuck with me. I setup this site on that same day and launched it 2 days later. I knew that those two words were going to be awfully hard to live up to, especially when many people were quickly writing off the iPad as ‘just’ a giant iPod Touch – but I also thought it was the most exciting mobile device I’d ever seen and it was going to be lots of fun seeing whether it could live up to the hype.
And boy have these 3 years flown by. Last October Apple reported they had sold 100 million iPads – and that was before the release of the iPad 4th gen and the iPad mini. This week they reported sales of 22.9 million iPads last quarter. The iPad is a huge consumer hit, has a massive presence in the enterprise, and has had great impact in the healthcare and education spaces as well.
There are now over 175,000 apps designed specifically for the iPad – covering an incredibly wide range of uses, from entertainment and games to education and productivity and so much more. There are scores of amazing apps that feel as if they just couldn’t be done on any other device.
I may be a tad biased, but I’d say the iPad has done a heck of a job living up to those lofty words of Steve Jobs when he introduced it.
What do you all think? Has the iPad lived up to its initial hype?