by Martin Vesterlund
Apple played with the idea of a tablet back in 1979 when they released the Apple Graphics Tablet accessory for the Apple II. This original tablet was designed as an aid in creating graphics, so the artist could draw like on a canvas.
Apple’s dedication took off in 1993 with the publication of Newton Message Pad. That was before Apple second Steve Jobs era, Jobs was forced out of Apple in 1985 In 1996, Apple bought Steve Jobs’ NeXT “that brought Jobs back into the Apple fold as an informal capacity. Jobs took the leadership of product development at Apple to 1997 when CEO Gil Amelio was fired by the Apple Board. Jobs replaced Amelio as CEO and Jobs killed the Newton line in 1998.
The disappearance of the Newton product line led to endless speculation that Apple would release a PDA or tablet. But while it is easy to point to Apple Graphics Tablet or Newton as the start of iPad, the real beginning could very well have been the iPod.
The first line of iPods was released on 10 November 2001, and was soon on transforming how we buy and listen to music. The iTunes Music Store opened on April 28, 2003, and gave an iPod owners options to buy music online and download it to their device. The iPod quickly became the most popular music player and helped to pull the music industry into the digital age.
On January 9, 2007 Steve Jobs introduced the world to the iPhone. In many ways, the iPhone is a simple concept to understand. People loved iPods, and quickly became enamored of the new smartphone. But the iPhone was not just a combination of iPod and a smartphone, in true Apple fashion, they were leaps and bounds ahead of the time smartphones.
The iPad was no exception.
How has the iPad evolved over the years?
January 27, 2010 – iPad
The first iPad will be presented with a 9.7 “touch screen and sizes 16GB, 32GB and 64GB with WiFi and 3G, but without the phone function. 300,000 iPads were sold on the first day.
March 2, 2011 – iPad 2
The second iPad was presented with the same specifications as the first, however, had a more rounded design and was 33% thinner and 15% lighter, better processor than its predecessor. For the first time we saw a camera on the back.
March 7, 2012 – iPad 3
iPad Now with Retina display – the sharpest and best display ever on a tablet. ligeleds the first tablet with 4G. (Did not at all frequencies). Siri comes to life on the iPad.
October 23, 2012 – iPad 3 & iPad Mini
iPad 3 launch in 128GB size while younger brother iPad mini with a 7.9 “screen is presented.
October 22, 2013 – Air iPad & iPad mini retina
Everything faster and thinner, and the launch of the 8 pin charging connector “lightning”. iPad mini will have retina display.