January 27, 2010: Steve Jobs Original iPad Keynote
In four short years, we have come a very long way, baby. Steve Jobs introduced the original iPad at a Special Event on January 27, 2010 and the world was forever changed from that moment.
At the time, the competition was betting big on netbooks and more than a few pundits loudly proclaimed that Apple had to deliver a netbook or die. Steve bet different, on the original iPad.
“The problem is netbooks aren’t better at anything,” said Jobs, riffing on that received wisdom — a one liner that elicited laughter from the gathered media and technorati.
“They’re slow. They have low quality displays and run clunky old PC software,” he continued. “They’re just cheap laptops.”
Original iPad Legacy
Apple and Jobs wisely chose a middle path between the iPhone and MacBook, a true third way device that killed the netbook and spawned multiple new hardware, software and service industries.
What’s next for the tablet and Apple? iPad Pro? And, is Steve Jobs looking down on these machinations with a smile? And, lastly, where is your original iPad?
Inquiring minds want to know…