iPad celebrates fifth birthday




Five years ago – January 27, 2010 – Apple introduced the first iPad, which without exaggeration revolutionized the computer market. A device capable of combining the functions of full-length computer reader, and partly smartphone was a godsend for users whose life is on the move – on trips, mobile meetings, meetings with friends.


Apple was not the first company that issued the plate. At the beginning of the two thousandth years on the market were already available models such as the ViewSonic V1100 or Fujitsu Stylistic ST4000. However, these devices are characterized by high price (2-3 thousand dollars), low portability due to size and weight, as well as short battery life – only 2-3 hours. Manufacturers of these plates are positioned as a device for work – This is indicated by the built-in stylus and indispensable dock.

Moreover, Microsoft has tried to play a proactive, and three weeks before the iPad presentation, Steve Ballmer, now ex-head of the company, introduced the tablet, developed jointly with HP, called Slate 500. But due to the fact that the operating system in it Windows 7 interface is objectively not intended for use in tablets, success Slate 500 is not earned, and it was forgotten. On the day of presentation of the iPad.


Apple developed the original device, not so much focused on the creation of content, but rather on its consumption and transmission. Even before the launch of the iPad in the market rumors swirled about the mysterious Apple Tablet – whether the reader with multimedia capabilities, or an enlarged iPhone. Members looked forward to, whether or not Apple will allow them to watch movies, play, go online to read e-books and newspapers with virtually palm.

The audience greeted the presentation of the first iPad Steve Jobs, who by that time had made no secret that seriously ill, with thunderous applause standing. “Each of us uses a smartphone and a laptop. We asked the question – whether there was room for a third category of devices in the middle? “, – Said the head of Apple, before showing the world the first iPad. Five years of sales devices showed that this place was.


During the first day of sales Apple sold more than 300,000 devices. Million iPad tablet has been sold in the US less than a month. During the first year of the device on the market Apple sold 14.8 million iPad – almost five times more than analysts had forecast – and won 90% of this promising market.

It is interesting that Jobs later admitted that he first appeared in the depths of Apple iPad and it is only a concept of it was born iPhone. Tablet PC is to be suspended until better times, when technology becomes better. And Jobs is not lost. Even now, when the word “tablet” we remember the first iPad, and not something else.

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