Regardless of your personal feelings on the subject, there’s no doubt that tablet computers have taken the world by storm in the last decade and a half.
They’ve come a long way from the beginning, and it serves as a reminder that technology doesn’t take long at all to develop and grow into something new and exciting. We’re going to be taking a look at the history of the device, beginning with perhaps the most well-known invention, the iPad.
A Skeptical Beginning
The iPad was the first successful venture that Apple had in the world of tablet computers. They had tried before in 1993, but the Newton MessagePad didn’t quite become a global phenomenon that was hoped.
No, it was the iPad that captured the interests of people everywhere in 2010. Steve Jobs first unveiled it, and while it was met with some initial scepticism at the time, it quickly became a popular idea. What drew people to the device was the touchscreen interface paired with the familiar iOS operating system of the iPhone, which had come out three years earlier in 2007 and become a cultural adoration.
Opening up the Floodgates
Of course, as people would come to know, Apple was rarely happy with just one device. Their iPad 2 was thinner, sleeker and built for speedy processing and actions. It was an evolution and was equally adored.
However, in the background, other devices were starting to come out. Apple may not have been necessarily the first to make a tablet, but they showed the other major providers that there was a lot of potential in the market for a middle ground between a phone and a computer in terms of functionality. Microsoft, Samsung, Lenovo – they all began to release new tablet computers to try and offer alternatives to iPads that included their operating systems. However, the iPad remained a staple in the market.
The Modern Incarnations
Like all of Apple’s products, the iPad kept evolving and growing. It was easy to see the progress, from the iPad Mini to the new iPad Pro.
Other competitors have, of course, evolved too, but no one has come close to the power of the iPad. And to be honest, they may never catch up. There’s something about them that inspires a purchase. Perhaps it’s the same system we all know and love. Maybe it’s the exceptional quality in all of the iPad products that give the brand such a good reputation. It might even just be a comfortable familiarity.
There’s also a chance it’s the specs. After all, a 12.9” display coupled with a Liquid Retina system is nothing to sneeze at. There’s no doubt that the iPad has evolved and grown since 2010. And we’ll all be excited to see what the new edition can offer. After all, knowing Apple, it’ll be right around the corner. Their unique products don’t remain that way for long. They always grow and evolve – which is perhaps why they remain so accessible and relevant.
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