It’s hard to believe that it has been over a decade since the first iPad was released. In many ways, the tablet revolution that the iPad kicked off is still being felt today. Although it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of a full-fledged computer, the iPad’s user-friendly interface and wide range of apps make it a popular choice for casual users and tech enthusiasts alike.
Apple’s dominance in the tablet market may have been challenged in recent years by the likes of Samsung and Amazon, but there is no doubt that the iPad set the standard for what a tablet should be.
With its large, high-resolution screen and sleek design, the iPad established itself as the go-to device for browsing the web, checking email, and playing games on the go. In some ways, it was even ahead of its time, with features like fingerprint recognition and support for Apple Pencil only becoming common in more recent years.
Looking back, it’s clear that the first iPad was a game-changer, and its impact is still felt today. Here are some interesting facts about the iPad that you may not know.
- In 2010, Apple released the first iPad, ushering in a new era of mobile computing. The iPad was thinner and lighter than any other tablet on the market, and it featured a powerful A4 processor and a bright, 9.7-inch display.
- The iPad was an instant hit, selling over 300,000 units on its first day of release. Within a few months, it had become one of the most popular consumer electronics devices in the world.
- The iPad was originally intended to be a device for reading books and newspapers.
- When the original iPad was being developed, the team working on the project had a few different ideas for what the device should be called. “iTablet” and “iSlate” were both considered possible names for the device. In the end, the team decided to go with “iPad,” which was an homage to the Star Trek PADD, a fictional device with a similar appearance.
- iPad existed before iPhone. Apple had been working on the iPad for quite some time before they began work on the iPhone. The original plan was to create a tablet device that would serve as a replacement for a laptop. However, the project was put on hold when it became clear that the technology wasn’t quite ready.
- Before Jony Ive was responsible for the design of the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad, he was working on an early tablet prototype at Apple. The project, called the Macintosh Folio, was Ive’s first assignment after joining the company in 1991. Unfortunately, the Folio was never released due to technical limitations at the time.
- Most people don’t know that all Apple products have codenames. The codename for the iPad was K48. The codename for the iPhone was Purple.
- The iPad became a trend much faster than the iPhone. When the iPhone was released in 2007, it was an instant success. Within 73 days, it had sold 1 million units and become a global phenomenon. The iPad followed in 2010, and it too was an instant hit. Apple sold over 300,000 iPads on its launch day.
- On the day the Ipad 1 was released, the iPhone Dev-Team’s MuscleNerd jailbroke it. This was a significant achievement, as it demonstrated that the Ipad 1 could be hacked just like the iPhone.
- It’s no secret that Jony Ive is a fan of The Office. So it’s perhaps no surprise that he sent one of the very first iPads to Ricky Gervais, co-creator and star of The Office.