5 Years, Crazy iPad Insight Numbers, and an iPad Air 2 Giveaway

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5 years of iPad Insight

On January 27, 2010 Steve Jobs announced the original iPad. On January 29, the first post on this site was published – there’s a snippet of it in the image above.

Wow. There’s that saying about how time flies when you’re having fun. I guess I’ve had way too much fun then, because these 5 years have flown by. I was fascinated by the iPad right from the start, and had a feeling it might be my ideal mobile device – and I was already a big-time mobile geek. It lived up to and exceeded all my expectations –  and I’ve enjoyed the heck out of using it, singing its praises and showing off its magic to family, friends, work colleagues, and anyone who would allow me to in person. Needless to say, writing about it here on a daily basis has been a great, great pleasure.

Over the years, I’ve posted quite a few times on ‘Crazy iPad Numbers’ – units sold, market share dominance, and more. Today I’ll share some crazy iPad Insight numbers racked up over these first 5 years:

— Over 5,000 posts

— Over 13,000 comments – and nearly 1.5 million spam comments blocked (yuck)

— Over 28 million page views

— 44% of visitor sessions from the iOS operating system coming in as Number 1 by some distance – followed by Windows as the second biggest, and we even have 2.35% from Android OS

— 50.58% of visitors from the US – I love that right about half have been from outside the US

— Male 54.5% – it’s good to see a fairly decent balance on this demographic too

— We’re a featured site on Flipboard and average close to 100,000 monthly active users there

— Our Google+ site page has had over 20 million views

Ok, enough of those. As a small gesture to try to express BIG gratitude to all of you who are iPad Insight readers – we’ll giveaway a new iPad Air 2 next Monday, February 2. Hit the break for details on how to enter for a chance to win that …

iPad Air 2 Giveaway

To Be Won: One new 16GB WiFi iPad Air 2

Deadline for Entries: Monday February 2, 2:00PM US Central

How to Enter for a Chance to Win:

It’s simple – add a comment to this post.

But … please note a few requirements for your comment to qualify and a suggestion or two:

Comments need to be 25 words or more

No comments along the lines of “Pick me” or “I’m in” will be counted, even if they meet the number of words criteria

We’ll give more weight to comments that are on the subject of things you like about iPad Insight or want to see more of, things you would like to see improved, any favorite individual articles or categories from our 5,000 post archives, or anything about how long you’ve been a reader here and why.

A winner will be chosen from among any comments made by the February 2 deadline. Our choice will be entirely subjective, based on our view of who had the most impressive and/or useful comment.

We’ll announce the winner Monday evening.

I’d Like to thank my director, the producer, my agent, my deputy editor dogs …


At the risk of coming off like a terribly over-the-top awards show speech, I’ve got 5 years worth of gratitude built up and a lot of thank yous to dole out. Here we go:

Thanks to all the excellent writers who have written for the site over the years, most of them on a purely volunteer basis – especially to Alicia Bankhofer, Beth Elderkin, James Potter, Henry T, Rob Renk, F’reez, Sheila Bigel, our newest iPad games reviewer – Marc Luoma, and most of all to my long-time colleague, Thomas Wong.

Thanks to all of our site sponsors and all the great app developers and accessory makers who we’ve collaborated with over these years, and who have offered up some great giveaways to readers. There are toom many to list here, but I’ll offer a shout-out to Mobile Cloth and Macphun in particular.

Thanks to Rackspace and WP Engine – I’ve been lucky enough to work with two world-class hosting companies while running iPad Insight.

And of course thanks to all of you – who have visited the site, read our articles, commented and discussed those with us on the site or on social networks, and shared our content. Without you, this site doesn’t last 5 days, never mind 5 years.

Last, and absolutely not least, thanks to my two wonderful and faithful Deputy Editor Dogs. During these 5 years my only two office companions have been two Labradors. Newton, a white Lab who passed away back in the early months of the site, and Baz (that’s him in the photo above) – my enormous black Lab who has followed in his paw prints ever since then.

I’m looking forward to the next 5.

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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27 thoughts on “5 Years, Crazy iPad Insight Numbers, and an iPad Air 2 Giveaway”

  1. When I first signed up to iPad Insight, I thought it would be a blog I would skip over and delete. I was wrong. I now have a folder where I keep the emails. I find the emails I receive very relevant and insightful. Thanks for continuing your blog and keep bringing us pertinent information that I can use daily!

  2. I’m new to this blog and look forward to future posts. I’ve been using an iPad 2 for years and it still keeps going strong! Quite amazing actually. It is finally starting to show it’s age though. It’s interesting reading some of the comments from the original iPad was released and how it seems ridiculous now, ie, it doesn’t run Adobe flash lol. Keep up the good work!

  3. Thanks for the hard work! I really enjoy the deals section as well as the Best iPad Apps Section. They are the most useful to me. The iPad Art section you guys have shows off some amazing talent for sure! I hope you continue the great work. Thanks again for a great site.

  4. I’d love to have one of these. My wife has an iPad Air (also from a contest!) and it’s a really nice machine. The Air 2 has all the features of the first Air, but cranked up a notch – thinner and more powerful.

  5. I came across this blog two years ago as I remember, immediately subscribed to RSS feed through google reader :( – the mighty days -for simple reasons :
    it’s not one of those blogs that just have millions of ads every where.
    it’s simple enough, informative with a personal touch as you can feel that you know the writers more with each post.
    What I would like to see more are the apps that blog users and people use in every day life. I remember a series of posts on that subject but they were really helpful and I would like to see more.

    Keep going.
    I hope we can see the 10 years post of this blog ^_^.

  6. I reviewed lots of information sites when i bought my iPad three years ago but iPad Insight is the only one I’ve stuck with. Your reviews are honest and lack the hyperbole you see on other sites, proving that it’s possible to enjoy a product without over-egging it.
    What I have most appreciated is the ability to exchange comments with your reviewers. As an example I was able to discuss in detail a stylus that I was considering buying that was only available in the US (I live in the UK) and the discussion helped my final decision no end.

  7. I’m a latecomer to the group of people reading this page regularly. Discovered it on flipboard. Huge fan of the iPad. Ever since I have it don’t use my pc at home anymore. I do have to admit though that bringing it to the corporate world is going to be more of a challenge

  8. Congratulations to 5 years of iPad Insight! I got my first iPad 3 years ago and iPad Insight was from the start one of my key resources to get tips and tricks and app recommendations. I work in academia and would love to see more stories about innovative use of the iPad in education and collaboration. Besides that, keep up the good work!

  9. There are not many “new” things under the sun, but the iPad certainly was. The idea was out there for quite a few years, but only Apple was able to realize the vision and build a product that people actually wanted.

    iPad Insight has been an excellent source of unbiased and informative articles on all things iPad. The only change I would like to see is the mobile sight that comes up on my iPhone. Gets a little tedious watching that little spinning gray circle sometimes….

  10. II enjoylkjlkI enjoy reading iPad Insight via my Feedly Feed. I look forward to the reviews of the various types of apps. Mostly I enjoy any apps that can be used to help people make their life easier or more accessible. I would like to see more reviews of apps or features that would make life easier for the aging baby boomer population. I think that the iPad is a very useful tool for this population and, unfortunately there is a large part of this age group who do not know how to use these features and how it can make their life easier.

  11. The IPad is my tool for keeping up with the days events, horoscope, education, how to fix or repair anything, my religion, the video’s my family creates, and most of all it makes me dance!!

  12. I read iPad Insight every day, and more often than not share your “INSIGHT” with my students. All will be classroom teachers very soon. Awesome sight and I always appreciate the learning. My sharing consists of class, both online and campus as well as Twitter and Pinterest.

  13. I think what I really appreciate about iPad insight was the offer for readers to become writers for the site. Even though I wasn’t chosen, that’s not something that nny other site I read offers. I also just really appreciate that this is a site by iPad users and fans for iPad users and fans.

  14. I’m not sure when I started reading Insight, but I do know you’ve introduced me to a lot apps that I would not know was out there. I’m not the most tech savvy, but because of you I know my way around the iPad really well.

  15. I have owned an IPad “3” for several years now and IPad Insight has saved my behind many times. I have a folder in my email specifically for IPad Insights newsletters. You folks are awesome! Thanks for all the reviews, tips and tricks!

  16. I’ve been following iPad Insight since I won my iPad 2 in a contest sponsored by one of our vendors.
    I especially like iPad Insight’s tips and accessory review posts, though I tend to skip over the iPad art, even though some of the pics are quite cool, they just don’t interest me to be quite honest.
    Keep up the great work and I’ll keep looking forward to the email notices. :)

  17. Congratulations on five years of ipad insight! I also had a feeling that the iPad would be my perfect mobile device. And now it is. I have had the experience of being an original iPad early adopter, and now have an iPad 3 that has been my daily work companion since it was available for purchase. The amazing versatility of the iPad has changed the way I work and think. It goes with me everywhere as a laptop replacement, a mobile internet consumption device, and now even a creative device with camera apps, drawing apps, and document design abilities always literally at my fingertips. I could not imagine my days without it. I think the one thing that will continue to make the iPad amazing is the growing voice recognition with Siri. For instance, I often dictate most texts or emails. The intuitive way we use this device reflects the way humans think.

  18. i have an ipad mini.wuold like to have the ipad air to enjoy the full potential of ipad ..Ihave always like to possess apple laptop and since i cannot afford i will be very happy to secure this giveaway.thanks

  19. Congratulations and Thank You Patrick!
    I bought my first iPad 4 years ago and iPad Insight has been my go to resource for all things iPad and accessories since! You keep me in the know which allows me to easily impress my friends with my vast ‘knowledge’.
    I’ve upgraded 3 versions of iPad since that time and you’ve been with me the entire time. I even gave my aunt my iPad 3 and along with it, instructions on how to bookmark your site. We now share articles regularly.
    My favorite are the honest reviews you perform and share with us. I’ve said many a pretty penny because of you. I also love, love, love Flipboard and you’re the first tile!

    Keep up the great work; I’m looking forward to 5+ more years of insight.

  20. I’ve been utilising my iPad air for over a year now for my university work and for entertainment purposes. In fact, I have bought 2 other iPads as gifts for my loved ones before that. And they are perfect perfect tools for almost anyone. Above all, I really enjoy using my iPad as a productivity tool and to read about similarly-themed articles on iPad Insight.

  21. Congratulations on 5 year, iPad Insight! With a busy lifestyle, I typically don’t have a lot of time to research and read reviews of iPad apps or tips/tricks. Your blog is one I follow on my Flipboard app, which I tend to go to everyday for quick updates on news and topics I’m interested in. I like having your blog as my one stop shop for updates on apps and news on the iPad, and often find something cool which renews my interest and gives me that sense of excitement like I had when I first got my iPad. Keep up the great work, and I hope to be reading you for the next 5 year.

  22. Has it really been five years already for the iPad and of course with iPad Insight blazing a path in spreading the word for a fabulous product? The iPad has been such a boon to my daily life and now taken up the challenge with my children who are coming of age with technology. iPad Insight has been there every step of the way with great reviews and recommendations. I am looking forward to another five (or better yet 10 or more) year of both iPad computing and advice from iPad Insight. Keep up the good work and great focus on excellent reviews for all iPad related products for both young and old.

  23. I found your blog about three years ago. It is one of several iPad related blogs that helped me make the decision to purchase an iPad Mini in 2013. I’m thankful for that! I always enjoy your iPad art articles and the app of the week post. I enjoy the iPad Insight deal emails that I receive. I’d like to see more articles on writing and word processing apps for the iPad. I’m a creative writer and I’m trying to transition to the iPad for more of my writing activities. Thanks again for running contests like this. Here’s to another five years!

  24. Honestly, I used to read this all the time on my ipad, but the “mobile site” is really horrible, and I can’t save a setting to show me the desktop site. Make it die!!!! I don’t want it slower and flashier, just let me read the articles!!!!

    I think I’m too late to enter your contest, since I only visit here once in a while when I’m on my laptop, but I hope you read this and get rid of your horrible ipad website experience.

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