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The iPad turns 10 today, a review of its history

Steve Jobs original iPad

On January 27, 2010 Apple changed the market that had already revolutionized just 3 years before with the iPhone. Steve Jobs took the stage of the Yerba Buena Arts Center in San Francisco and revealed the first iPad to the world, the last great device that he presented after his death in 2011.

The main argument to launch the iPad, according to Steve Jobs, was to position a device between the iPhone and the Mac. "Magical and revolutionary device" to surf the web, read and send emails, view photos, watch videos, listen to music, play games, read e-books and much more.

The iPad and its history

The original iPad had a size of 24.28 cm x 18.97 cm wide, and a thickness of 13.4 mm. I counted one 9.7 inch screen, a size used by Apple until a year ago, with IPS technology and a resolution of 1024 768 pixels, 132 pixels per inch. An Apple A4 single-core processor at 1 GHz, up to 64 GB of storage, 256 MB of RAM, 10 hours of battery life, Bluetooth 2.1, the 30-pin connector, a headphone jack and a weight of 680 grams.

"The iPad is our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device at an incredible price. The iPad creates and defines a completely new category of devices that connect users with their applications and content in a much more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever"

THE iPad officially launched on April 2, 2010 at a price of $ 499 for its Wi-Fi version, although we also had the option of getting it with 3G connectivity. Apple has launched an iPad every year since then, even more than one of several occasions, this is the chronology of all the iPad launched by Apple and its most important features:

  • iPad 2, March 2011: 33% thinner, up to 15% lighter, Apple A5 dual-core processor, front and rear cameras, and new white option.
  • iPad 3, March 2012: Retina display, 4G LTE, Apple A5X processor and 1080p video recording.
  • 4 generation iPad, October 2012: Lightning connector and Apple A6X processor.
  • iPad mini, October 2012: 7.9-inch screen and same specifications as the 4-generation iPad.
  • iPad Air, October 2013: 64-bit Apple A7 processor, 20% thinner and 28% lighter than the 4-generation iPad and thinner bezels.
  • iPad mini 2, October 2013, Retina display or A7 processor.
  • iPad Air 2, October 2014: Touch ID, fully laminated Retina display and Apple A8X processor.
  • iPad mini 3, October 2014: Touch ID and A7 processor.
  • iPad mini 4, September 2015: A8 processor and 2 GB of RAM.
  • iPad Pro, September 2015: 12.9-inch Retina display, support for Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, Apple A9X processor and four speakers.
  • 5 generation iPad, March 2017: initial price of 329 dollars with 9.7-inch Retina display and Apple A9 processor.
  • iPad Pro, March 2017: 9.7-inch Retina display, support for Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, Apple A9X processor and four speakers.
  • iPad Pro 2 generation, June 2017: ProMotion screen up to 120Hz, Apple A10X Fusion chip and thinner bezels.
  • 6 generation iPad, March 2018: initial price of 329 dollars with support for Apple Pencil and Apple A10 processor.
  • iPad Pro 3 generation, October 2018: Major redesign with thinner bezels, Face ID, USB-C connector, A12X Bionic processor, up to 1TB storage and second generation Apple Pencil support.
  • iPad Air 3 generation, March 2019: A12 Bionic processor, compatible with Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard.
  • iPad mini 5 generation, March 2019: A12 Bionic processor, 3 GB of RAM and compatible with the Apple Pencil.
  • 7 generation iPad, September 2019: 10.2-inch Retina display and support for Smart Keyboard.

Just a few days ago I turned 36 the original Macintosh, and today is the day of the iPad that turns no less than 10 years. Happy birthday and you meet many more iPad!