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Daily Buzz: 10 Years of the iPad

How it re-imagined the digital experience

With the iPad celebrating the 10th anniversary of its unveiling this week, the tech world looks back at the impact of Apple’s popular tablet. The device—which has sold almost 400 million units since its launch—is an unqualified success, argues Navneet Alang in a recent article in The Week.

“Hundreds of millions of people are using them right now,” he said. “More importantly, even more people are living in its shadow and under its influence, whether they or know it or not.”

You can include the events industry in the iPad’s sphere of influence. From kiosks to tradeshow floors to note-takers in education sessions, perhaps no single piece of tech has redefined events in the past decade more than the iPad.

“Every significant advancement made in laptop technology and design owes a debt to the iPad,” Alang said, pointing out that the iPad has helped usher in a number of new hardware and software features.

But the iPad wasn’t always the feature-filled device that it is today.

“The original iPad launched in the U.S. in April of 2010, but it was a far cry from the powerful tablets Apple sells now,” said Mashable’s Alex Perry. “Features like FaceTime, multitasking, 4K video capture, AirPlay and plenty of others we take for granted in Apple devices now weren’t available at the iPad’s launch.”

Believe it or not, the iPad wasn’t even the first handheld, touch-based computer Apple launched. That distinction belongs to the Newton MessagePad, released in 1993 at the price of $900, Perry added. Suffice it to say that the iPad has outperformed its predecessor.

Please select this link to read the original article from Associations Now.

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