/> ED I T O R S C H O I C E IN N O V A T IO N A W A R D
X

An iPad unveiling, Jobs style (photos)

Apple has sold more than 55 million iPads since its January 2010 introduction. Here's a look back at that event.

img-4770
James Martin
IMG_2396.jpg
1 of 23 James Martin/CNET

If Steve Jobs' January 27, 2010, introduction of the original iPad is any indication, we're sure that the March 8 unveiling of the next-generation iPad in San Francisco will bring lots of excitement.

At that 2010 unveiling, Jobs proclaimed that "what this device does is extraordinary." The images that follow illustrate how Apple's co-founder and then-CEO launched an era of extraordinary interest in the iPad, resulting in more than 55 million devices sold worldwide (and counting).

IMG_2502.jpg
2 of 23 James Martin
With the iPad, Jobs said, you can "[hold] the Internet in your hands. It's an incredible experience."
IMG_2533.jpg
3 of 23 James Martin
Jobs demoed map viewing on the iPad with Google's satellite view of the Eiffel Tower.
IMG_2515.JPG
4 of 23 James Martin/CNET
The iPad became a popular photo-viewing device. Users can flick through photos by viewing them right in the frame.
IMG_2464.JPG
5 of 23 James Martin/CNET
Jobs mused about whether there was room for a device between a smartphone and a laptop. Enter the iPad, he said, which provides a better way to view e-mail, photos, video, and Web sites.
IMG_2484.JPG
6 of 23 James Martin/CNET
The iPad's default e-mail interface, Jobs said, provided a nearly full-size virtual keyboard that is "a dream to type on."
IMG_2509.JPG
7 of 23 James Martin/CNET
A view of a subway map displayed within the e-mail app.
IMG_2474.JPG
8 of 23 James Martin/CNET
Jobs held up the iPad.
IMG_2526.JPG
9 of 23 James Martin/CNET
iTunes on the iPad shows full album covers in a grid layout.
IMG_2491.JPG
10 of 23 James Martin/CNET
A view of the iTunes Store in iPad.
IMG_2537.jpg
11 of 23 James Martin
Beautiful high-def video shown on the iPad.
IMG_2544.jpg
12 of 23 James Martin
The original iPad was just a half inch thick, weighing 1.5 pounds.
IMG_2566.jpg
13 of 23 James Martin
The iPad disrupted the publishing industry, allowing traditional newspaper to be read in a more comfortable digital format than was previously available.
IMG_2549.jpg
14 of 23 James Martin
The original iPad had the A4 chip, the iPad 2 had the A5 chip, and it is expected that the next-generation iPad will have a chip called A6 that is designed to improve graphical capabilities and energy efficiency.
IMG_2545.jpg
15 of 23 James Martin
The screen resolution is expected to increase from the iPad 2's 1,024x768 to 2,048x1,536. That's from 786,432 pixels to 3.14 million pixels.
IMG_2553.jpg
16 of 23 James Martin
Facebook on the iPad. (The iPad now has a native Facebook app.)
IMG_2551.jpg
17 of 23 James Martin/CNET
While the iPad 3 is expected to have a higher-resolution display that would be more taxing on the battery, Apple's (presumed) A6 processor may be more energy-efficient.
IMG_2571.jpg
18 of 23 James Martin
An artist's sketch on the iPad.
IMG_2570.jpg
19 of 23 James Martin
Art- and photo-editing tools on iPad.
IMG_2573.jpg
20 of 23 James Martin
The iPad also enabled large-screen portable gaming.
IMG_2580.jpg
21 of 23 James Martin
You can follow Major League Baseball games on the iPad with dynamic pitch-by-pitch updates.
IMG_2590.jpg
22 of 23 James Martin
iBooks brought Apple into the world of e-book publishing.
IMG_2589.jpg
23 of 23 James Martin
An iBook on the iPad. What type of media is Apple going to disrupt next? We'll find out March 7 in San Francisco.

More Galleries

The best games on Nintendo Switch

More Galleries

The best games on Nintendo Switch

41 Photos
The new Genesis G90 looks incredible

More Galleries

The new Genesis G90 looks incredible

6 Photos
Movies coming in 2021 and 2022 from Netflix, Marvel, HBO and more

More Galleries

Movies coming in 2021 and 2022 from Netflix, Marvel, HBO and more

67 Photos
2021 best new TV shows to watch, stream, obsess about

More Galleries

2021 best new TV shows to watch, stream, obsess about

65 Photos
The 51 best VR games

More Galleries

The 51 best VR games

53 Photos
Best dating apps of 2021

More Galleries

Best dating apps of 2021

13 Photos
International Space Station shines in glamour shots from SpaceX Crew Dragon

More Galleries

International Space Station shines in glamour shots from SpaceX Crew Dragon

10 Photos