FINALLY!! There is actually some iPad news worth posting about. After only getting one new iPad in the early Spring after rumors of as many as five new devices in the pipeline, it looks like the release of at least one new iPad Pro is imminent. The new iPad Pro 10.5″ model, which was rumored to have gone into production a few weeks ago, now seems to be slated for announcement in three weeks at WWDC.
One year ago today Steve Jobs announced the iPad at a special Apple launch event. This is the opening of my post about the unveiling a couple days later:
Here’s how Steve Jobs summed up the new iPad at the Apple launch event just a couple of days ago:
Our most advanced technology in a magical & revolutionary device at an unbelievable price.
It’s going to be lots of fun seeing whether the new device can live up to those lofty words.
Well … it sure has been a lot of fun, and I’d say the iPad has absolutely lived up to those words. The advanced technology is evident as soon as you see or interact with the device. The magical part for me is all about its incredibly intuitive user interface that makes it an instant hit with infants to octogenarians (and above). And revolutionary may be the word that fits the iPad best. It has single-handedly made the tablet market the hottest space in the computing world (witness the 80-100 wannabe iPad rivals at CES this month).
Apple has already sold around 15 million iPads (while many analysts thought they’d struggle to sell a million in the first year), predictions for this year are for massive growth in those sales numbers, and it scooped just about every major Best Gadget / Best Product / Best Tech award of 2010. It’s been a huge hit with not just consumers, but also in education and even enterprise markets (Apple recently announced that fully 80% of the Fortune 500 are either piloting or already deploying the iPad to staff).
An amazing, beautiful, huge, phenomenal, unbelievably great, far better, condensed version of Steve and Co’s iPad announcement last week. These have become a standard after every big Apple event, and I love ‘em. :)