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Happy 5th Anniversary to the iPad

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The original iPad went on sale in the US for the first time on the morning of April 3rd, 2010. I was standing near the front – Number 7 in line – of a reserved line outside my local Apple store.

It was an exciting morning, talking with lots of people in the line about their iPad expectations and waiting to get my hands on Apple’s game-changing new tablet.

The iPad was such an unknown on that morning. Did anyone really need a device that was ‘in between’ a smartphone and a laptop? That was just one of the big questions about the iPad and whether there would be any market for it back in April 2010. Since then over 225 million iPads have been sold and over recent years they’ve had a sales rate far ahead of traditional PCs.

It feels a little hard to believe that it has already been 5 years since that original iPad launch day. Where were you on that April morning? Did you buy an iPad that day? That month? In 2010?


Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

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