Yesterday marked a rather momentous day for anyone with full-blown iOS-addiction – the three year anniversary of the very first iPad release date.
At the time of the first iPad launch, there really can’t have been many that fully understood the monster that Apple was about to put out. The concept had been labeled as everything from an interesting fad to a completely unnecessary overgrown iPod Touch, with comparatively few predicting anything close to the revolution that was to follow.
Nevertheless, here we are three years down the line and the world in on tenterhooks to find out what’s in store with the fifth-generation iPad and iPad Mini 2 release date finally rolls around. It’s not very often that a new device hits the market and completely changes the way the world operates in terms of consumer technology, so you have to hand it Apple for hitting the nail on the head with the iPad.
…or at least getting the first truly functional tablet PC to the market before anyone else did.
However, the popularity of the iPad has also proved to be its eventual downfall to a certain extent as while Apple has largely kept with the same winning formula over the years, its rivals have been innovating like crazy. From all manner of screen sizes too stylus pens to ultra-high definition displays and various weird and wonderful concepts, the tablet PC market has taken dozens of wild swings and deviations over the past few years.
The iPad, on the other hand, is in almost every way still identical it its first incarnation.
And then of course came the introduction of the high-end 7-inch Tablet market which was by rights spearheaded by the Amazon Kindle Fire. The Google Nexus 7 would then claim the smaller slate market as its own, while the iPad Mini would eventually come along to play a rather unusual game of catch-up with its Android rivals.
This also seems to be the case in the full-size tablet PC market as at this very moment there are dozens of devices that frankly wipe the floor with the latest iPad in terms of specs, features, performance and value for money.
Or in other words, Apple’s iPad may have created the market exactly three years ago, but already we’re seeing a significant change in the pecking-order.
Things really have come a long way in the tablet PC market in just 36-months – the iPad on the other hand somehow doesn’t seem quite so evolved anymore.