The iPad has changed the world as we know it. Since its release back in 2010, it has become one of the most innovative pieces of technology that anyone can ask for, and it has been the reason why companies like Samsung and Sony, have their very own tablet devices.


But where did it all come from and who started it all? Let us take a look back at the history of the iPad.

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The iPad launched back in April of 2010, the original was as basic as it could possibly be. It was chunky, had no camera for photos and videos. It was the first of its kind which meant that it did not have any sort of Retina display, but it had the standard 1024×768. Other than the basic screen, the device was very much like a bigger iPhone, without the calling ability. Nothing really set it apart from any other Apple devices that featured an OS and a touch screen, even the games of its day were all up scaled to the device’s screen size.

The device weighed 680g and 730g for the Wi-Fi + 3G model. It was also the biggest and fattest iPad of the lot. Sitting at 0.5-inches thick, which is almost double the thickness of the brand new iPad Pro.


The original iPad came in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models. The cellular model was restricted to 3G and did not support LTE (4G) at all. Till this day the iPad boasts the best battery life in tablet devices, this is thanks to its dual-battery contents which allows for double the time of a standard battery. This helped keep the iPad going for up to 10 hours when playing videos, 140 hours of audio playback, and one month of standby. The original iPad launched with iOS 3.2, a direct clone of the same OS the iPhone 4 used when it launched in the same year.

All this goes to show just how far we have gone over the past 5 years. We now have a brand new iPad Pro on the market that is thinner and 50 times more powerful than the original iPad.