The first-generation iPad was unveiled by then-Apple CEO Steve Jobs on January 27, 2010, with the Wi-Fi variant launching in the US on April 3, followed by the Wi-Fi and cellular variant on the 30th. April (the iPad was then released in Australia, Canada, France, Japan, Italy, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK on May 28).
Upon its unveiling, it’s fair to say that media and consumer reaction to the iPad has been mixed. Some focused too much on the hilarity of the name (names like iSlate or iTablet had been circling the rumor mill before the unveiling), the lack of a software ecosystem, and the lack of features like feel like sharing. files, while others saw it as a logical sequel to the iPhone and giving Apple an edge over the Android platform (the first Android tablet – the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 – was introduced on September 2 2010 and published a month later).
The first iPad featured a 9.7-inch 1024 Ã 768 pixel (132 pixels per inch) IPS LCD touchscreen. This display was powered by Apple’s A4 System on Chip (SoC), consisting of a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor and PowerVR SGX535 GPU, backed by 256MB of DDR RAM. Storage options ranged from 16GB to 64GB and prices start at $ 499.
This material was powered by a 6,613mAh lithium polymer battery providing 10 hours of runtime, setting a standard that continues to this day.
Apple sold 300,000 iPads on day one, and within a month that number grew to one million, hitting that milestone in half the time it took the iPhone to do so.
The first iPad initially ran iOS 3.2, and has been upgraded several times over its lifetime, culminating in iOS 5.1.1 – after its discontinuation on March 2, 2011 and end of support on September 18, 2012.