Two years ago today, the iPad went on sale in the United States for the first time. The launch came just two months after Steve Jobs unveiled the tablet on January 27, 2010, in front of a large crowd at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco.

The CEO told the audience that Apple felt that it had finally come up with a device that would be better at tasks like browsing the web, sending emails, and sharing photos than either a smartphone or a laptop. “And we call it, the iPad.”

In the face of “it’s just a giant iPod touch” criticism, Apple sold 300,000 iPads on launch day. And then went on to sell more than 3 million of them over the next three months. The slate single-handedly reinvented the tablet space.

Seeing the iPad’s popularity, companies like Samsung and RIM scrambled to put together and release their own tablets. But here we are, two years later, and there still isn’t a viable competitor. The iPad holds over 60% of the market.

And Apple’s not showing any signs of slowing down either. Its latest tablet is also its most successful, selling over three million units during its first three days. The company is expected to sell more than 55 million iPads this year. Wow.

Happy birthday, iPad.

  • Happy B-day!!

  • Happy Birthday iPad!!!

    You have “enhanced” my life also…. 🙂

  • Dan

    Good to know, I’ll bring my iPad to a fancy restaurant tonight. Maybe i’ll get a free cake.

  • Happy B-say IPad! You have changed millions of peoples way of seeing à tablet device, Thanks Steve for inventing this marvelous thing 🙂

  • It’s actually my birthday today. Pretty interesting how it was introduced on the same day.

  • Steve Jobs was so good at this, I got excited about the iPad watching the video on an iPad!

  • might be wrong post to ask this, but does anyone know of an untethered JB for the A4 iPad?

    • It’s called iOS 5.0.1

      • apple wont sign off on the 5.0.1 when i try to update to that firmware.

      • “won’t sign off”? Dude, update to iOS 5.0.1 otherwise, you have to go tethered :/

      • i can’t update to 5.0.1, i get an error. only 5.1 is being allowed by apple now. if anyone knows any other way to do it. currently on 5.0

  • Anonymous

    lol the ipad cake

  • Anonymous

    Steve Jobs would be so proud! :’D

  • Yeah.Ipad wouldnt be successful if there was no iphone.Iphond had the luck to have real browsing.Thats why everyone wanted an iphone.It was safari.nothing else.Those mobile sites were really annoying.https…..The specs were not special about the iphone.Ipad was a good idea but for me it was no reason to buy it because it had no camera.And no flash and so on.Now after 3 years of four a bought a tab and it was no ipad and i am happy about it.The ipad wouldnt be that what it is if the software was not there.And even with the software i choose android and i am happy about it.ipad is all about apps.but i dont like only apps.Something is missing even with the jailbreak.Where is the open sofware???Why is Dreamboard so good but it fails with customizarion?-Folders cant be created,useful tweaks are not there like they should be….I hope the future will bring more science and not only moneymaking software which is not 100% functional like siri and why all those restrictions?.The way of Apple is predictable and thats the thing it should not be…

    • I dont know where to start…your post is wrong in so many ways….

    • Dan

      Reading your comment makes my brain hurt. Are you trying to say browsing is not good on iPad? If so, you are wrong.

      • No.Browsing is good on a tablet.You misunderstood me.

  • iPad FTW!!! I love the retina display!

  • iPad!生日快樂!

  • Where Can I Get This Cake?