When Steve Jobs revealed the iPad to the world in January 2010, the reaction was as varied as it could have been. Technology enthusiasts called the device a travesty, a 'giant featureless iPod', a children's toy, and a needlessly expensive computing luxury. Educators, however, called it one of the biggest computing developments in decade, equal in important to the world first notebook.
When the device was made available to the public, however, the reaction changed immensely. The 'children's toy' was revealed to be a complex and powerful piece of machinery, enabling the elderly and computer experts alike to access the internet, read digital books, and consume content. It was a major hit, outselling all of Apple's other products during its initial launch period.
While the iPad was released almost three years after Apple's groundbreaking iPhone, it was dreamt up long before the iPhone was a reality. Deep in Apple's research and development division, Steve Jobs and his design team were toying with the idea of creating touchscreen devices that responded to a wide range of inputs, not just the traditional stylus-to-screen functionality of older tablets.