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Happy 5th Birthday to the Ipad

Apple’s iPad turns 5

After Apple announced the iPad on the 27th January 2010, a lot of people dismissed it as just a big iPod and that nobody wanted a tablet. When it launched on April 3rd 2010, five years ago, all the doubters were shown to be wrong and the tablet was a huge success.

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When Steve Jobs showed off what he called the “truly magical and revolutionary” iPad in 2010, no one guessed just how quickly it would take off.

The 3-year-old iPhone may have been a surefire hit at the time, but the iPad was a wild card. Analysts’ predictions for first-year sales ranged wildly between 1.1 million and 7 million units, according to Asymco.

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Apple sold 14.8 million iPads in that first year.

It’s hard to overstate the impact the iPad had on the consumer-electronics industry. Much like the iPhone reimagined the cell phone, the iPad redefined the tablet — previously clunky, bulky laptoplike devices often built for specific work purposes — and essentially created a new product category that heavy hitters such as Samsung and Microsoft are still chasing. The iPad, which was the last new product introduced by Jobs, quickly became a household name and further stretched Apple’s dominance in the mobile arena.

“It took a tiny, tiny market and turned it into a mainstream product,” said Jan Dawson, an analyst at Jackdaw Research. “That’s what Apple does.”

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