I wrote a bit about the first decade of the iPad recently and I will continue talking about my own first decade with the platform soon, but today is officially THE day. Steve Jobs took the stage on January 27, 2010 to introduce the iPad to the world, and the rest is history.
While you could argue that the iPad doesn’t really cross the first decade mark until you get to launch day, which wasn’t until April 3rd, I say no one could speak a device into existence the way that Steve Jobs could. If you’ve never seen Jobs’ original iPad unveil or if it’s just been a while, taking a look back at one of his last big product reveals is a great way to say Happy Birthday to Apple’s tablet.
Source: allaboutstevejobs on YouTube
I have already given my thoughts on the iPad’s first decade, so I will leave you with something of the time. Patrick Jordan, this site’s founder, started working on this site the day of the iPad event and launched it two days later on January 29, 2010. It’s fitting to take a look back at our first 10 years today, as well:
While I was searching the site looking for older posts, I also came across this one from the 3rd anniversary of the iPad:
Since I can remember when many in the tech press thought this would be true, I can’t help but smile reading it.
The iPad may have quickly and easily put aside the label of oversized iPod Touch, but it isn’t quite finished yet. As far as the platform has come and as much as it’s done for touch computing, it hasn’t completely fulfilled its promise at age 10.
However, with the hardware and software updates that have come over the last three years, it feels to me like the iPad line is getting there. It is moving in the right direction. With iPadOS now officially split off to its own development track, hopefully the pace will only increase.
I was very excited about what this device could be 10 years ago and I still am today. I believe there will be a second decade for the iPad and I can’t wait to see the beginning of it later this year.
Until then, Happy Birthday, iPad!