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01.27.2020 – Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs introduces us to the iPad

January 27, 2010: Ten years ago today, Steve Jobs publicly showed off the iPad for the first time.

Aside from the name, which some people joke sounds like a female sanitary product, the iPad immediately earns critical acclaim. “The last time there was this much excitement over a tablet, it had some commandments written on it,” The Wall Street Journal quips.

When it goes on sale, the iPad quickly becomes Apple’s fastest-selling new product ever.

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iPad launch: Most successful in Apple history

Jobs’ January 27, 2010, unveiling of the iPad was unlike any other he did. “It’s so much more intimate than a laptop,” he said, showing off the device while reclining in a chair, highlighting the casual relationship users would have with the tablet.

In terms of specs, the original iPad measured 0.5 inches thick and weighed 1.5 pounds. It boasted a 9.7-inch multitouch display and a 1GHz Apple A4 chip. You could get it with storage options ranging from 16GB to 64GB of flash memory. It didn’t come with a camera. Apple started taking preorders on March 12, and the device went on sale on April 3. A 3G version followed on April 30.

Upon its launch, the iPad became a big hit for Apple. It took less than a month to sell 1 million units — half the time it took Apple to sell that many iPhones. In the iPad’s first year, Apple sold around 25 million of them, making the tablet the most successful new product category launch in Cupertino history.

Did you buy an iPad in 2010? What are your recollections of Apple’s first-gen iPad? Leave your comments below.

source: cultofmac