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The Apple iPad turns 5

Five years ago, on April 3rd is when Apple released the first generation iPad. This came three years after the Apple announced the iPhone in 2007.

Since 2010, the iPad has gone through a number of designs but it still remained a tablet when boiled down to the core.

The iPad has changed the way computing works in our daily lives.

Here is a look at the iPad’s history.

Original iPad Announcement – January 27th, 2010

Steve Jobs took to the stage at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. Jobs unveiled the original iPad to the world and would be followed by it’s release a few months later.

Original iPad goes on sale in the US – April 3rd, 2010

The first iPad in its box

Five years ago today is when the first iPad first went on sale in the US. It sold 300,000 units on the first day and about 2 million units in under 2 months.

iPad 2 Announcement – March 2nd, 2011

The iPad 2 brought a new, nicer design than the old one. The iPad 2 also brought front and rear cameras which helped make “taking photos with your tablet” into a thing. Apple also introduced the Smart Cover which was attached magnetically.

iPad 2 goes on sale – March 11th, 2011

iPad 2 with Smart covers

Apple was hush about the first weekend sales of the iPad 2 but analysts in a Bloomberg report said that it was about 500,000 units.

iPad “3” Announcement – March 7th, 2012

Apple, for some odd reason choose not to give this generation iPad a number to go along with it. They simply called it, “the new iPad”.

The main feature of this iPad was the display, it was a high resolution “Retina” display.

iPad “3” goes on sale – March 16th, 2012

The New iPad (aka iPad 3)

Apple sold about 3 million in the first weekend.

iPad “4” and iPad Mini Announcement – October 23rd, 2012

About seven months after the “new iPad” was released, Apple announced the iPad “with Retina display” or the 4th generation iPad was announced. It brought a faster processor and a new lightning port.

Alongside the iPad “4” announcement, Apple also introduced the iPad Mini which had the same specs as the iPad 2 from the year before but in a smaller form factor.

iPad “4” and iPad Mini go on sale – November 2nd, 2012

iPad with Retina display (aka iPad 4)

Apple sold about 3 million units combined. This is just for the Wi-Fi models, not the LTE models, which would come later.

The Original iPad Mini

iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina display Announcement – October 22nd, 2013

The iPad Air was the biggest and most dramatic design change to the full-size iPad. It was noticeably thinner and lighter than the iPads that came before it.

The iPad Mini also got an upgrade, now sporting a Retina display and the same processor as the larger iPad.

iPad Air goes on sale – November 1st, 2013

iPad Air

Apple split up the release date of the iPad Air and the iPad Mini with Retina display by about a week or so. Apple also didn’t release how many they sold that weekend.

iPad Mini with Retina display goes on sale – November 12th, 2013

iPad Mini with Retina display

Apple also raised the price of the iPad Mini. The original iPad Mini sold for $329 when it first launched. Then the Retina display model sold for $399.

iPad 2 and iPad Mini 3 Announcement – October 16th, 2014

Apple went back to the regular numbering for the Air 2 and Mini 3. Both iPads got Touch ID and a gold colour option but the Air 2 got a faster processor while Mini 3 did not.

iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 go on sale – October 22nd, 2014

iPad Air 2

For the second year in a row, Apple didn’t release any detail about how well each of the newly update iPad models sold. This may have been due to the overall decline of iPad sales.

iPad Mini 3

250 million iPads sold – As of January 27th, 2015

During their earnings call, Apple announced that 250 million iPads had been sold worldwide since it first launched five years earlier.

It is a great milestone for Apple and this come just a few months before the iPad’s fifth birthday.


So here’s to (possibly) five more years of iPad models to come and happy birthday to Apple’s iPad.


By Sachin Bahal

Sachin is the editor-in-chief of TheCanadianTechie, a site he started in 2012 to become the ultimate, independent source for tech enthusiasts or “techies”. He is a versatile writer with a passion for technology and loves to write about gaming, entertainment, tech and more.

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