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Apr 12, 2001

Today marks the 11th anniversary of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs unveiling the original iPad at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.


"iPad is our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price," said Jobs, in a press release on January 27, 2010. "iPad creates and defines an entirely new category of devices that will connect users with their apps and content in a much more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before."

The original iPad featured a 9.7-inch display, a single-core Apple A4 chip, up to 64GB of storage, 256MB of RAM, up to 10 hours of battery life, a 30-pin dock connector, and a headphone jack. Notably, the original iPad did not have any cameras. Pricing started at $499 for the Wi-Fi model and $629 for the cellular model in the United States.

We've recapped some of the bigger milestones in iPad history below:
  • March 2011: iPad 2 unveiled with thinner and lighter design, dual-core A5 chip, front and rear cameras, and new white color option
  • March 2012: Third-generation iPad introduced with a Retina display, 4G LTE support, and 1080p video recording
  • October 2012: Fourth-generation iPad switched to a Lightning connector
  • October 2012: iPad mini introduced with a smaller 7.9-inch display
  • October 2013: iPad Air unveiled with a 64-bit A7 chip, thinner and lighter design, and slimmer bezels
  • October 2014: iPad Air 2 ushered in Touch ID and a fully-laminated Retina display
  • September 2015: iPad Pro introduced with a large 12.9-inch Retina display, Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard support, A9X chip, and four speakers
  • March 2017: Fifth-generation iPad introduced as an entry-level device with a $329 starting price and the same 9.7-inch display size as the original iPad
  • June 2017: Second-generation iPad Pro gained a ProMotion refresh rate up to 120Hz
  • October 2018: Third-generation iPad Pro marked a major redesign with slimmer bezels, Face ID, and a USB-C connector
  • September 2019: Seventh-generation iPad went from a 9.7-inch to 10.2-inch display and gained full-sized Smart Keyboard support
  • March 2020: Fourth-generation iPad Pro gained a LiDAR Scanner for AR
  • September 2020: Fourth-generation iPad Air redesigned to look like iPad Pro
Looking ahead, rumors suggest that Apple plans to release a new iPad Pro with a Mini-LED display, support for faster 5G networks, and a faster A14X chip in the first half of 2021. A larger 8.4-inch iPad mini and a new 10.2-inch iPad with slimmer bezels like the third-generation iPad Air are also rumored to launch this year.

Article Link: Today Marks the 11th Anniversary of Steve Jobs Unveiling the iPad


Jul 31, 2011
MEMORIES! I loved the iPad when it launched. I had signed a contract that I would only carry Verizon but I saw so much potential in this device that I pre-ordered it for exclusive use at home. We played games for hours on it. I quickly realized I wished I could have it with me and when a big red version launched I grabbed one and gifted the original. That iPad 2 lasted me forever.

However, I do recall a little fiasco with the data pricing...


macrumors 6502a
Jun 5, 2003
I had an iPad app in the store a week after the iPad was released. One of the first VNC apps available. Sold it for a $1 and made a couple of thousand by the time it tapped out. Which satisfied my goal: To make enough money to pay for the iPad I just put on my charge card. :)


Jun 8, 2018
Victoria, British Columbia
11 years ago... Watching the keynote again, it's so weird to see an event on stage like that with the way the world has gone in the last year. I recall when the iPhone 4/WWDC 2010 hit 10 years old, I thought the same thing, 10 years later all is silent...

The iPad has really come a long way. I remember my iPad 2, where I could do little more than I could on an iPod touch with a few exceptions. Mostly made a nice YT player for the bedside for me. Now my iPP is a killer device that I can totally use exclusively for a week or so, forgoing my computer altogether. I can create, manage, consume media, and much more. Truly a product that came into its stride.


macrumors 68040
Nov 16, 2010
I remember launch day vividly. I was aHUGE skeptic on the iPad until I walked into a Best Buy, messed around with it for 10 min and everything changed, it all made sense. The future in my hands. In 2015 I put my iMac in the closet, threw the computer desk in the dumpster and made iPad Pro my main computing device and never looked back.


macrumors 6502
Oct 23, 2013
Richmond, BC, Canada
I bought an iPad launch week, couldn't figure out what it was for and returned it a week later. Tried again with the 3rd gen and again later with the Air, both of which just collected dust and were resold within a year.

The OS has too many restrictions for integration in my workflow. I can't even stand using them for casual internet due to a lack of options for the browser (why no autoplay block or at least a true 3rd party browser???).

I really liked my Apple Newton 130 though.
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