The History of the First iPad (10th Anniversary!) – Krazy Ken’s Tech Talk

– [Steve] Apple’s
strategy is really simple. What we wanna do is we wanna put an incredibly
great computer in a book that you can carry around with you, that you can learn how
to use in 20 minutes. (inspirational upbeat music) (funky tech music) – Hey, guys, how are you all doing? Really, that’s just great. You know, I’m doing pretty great today too because today is the
10th anniversary of when Steve Jobs revealed
the iPad to the public. Fun fact, this is actually one
of the first iPads ever sold and it still works just fine. I stood in line, actually
at the front of the line, early in the morning on launch day and I tell you, that was an
experience I will never forget. But there was a lot that went
into the iPad’s development, there’s a lot of history here and as the speculated
announcement date drew near, the hype, the buzz and the rumors were
just brewing like crazy. So let’s take a look at
the history of the iPad. In 1968, computer scientist
and former Apple Fellow, Alan Kay, created the Dynabook concept, which was a thin, portable computer. Throughout the years
it went through several conceptual iterations but
it was never made into an actual product but many
believe, myself included, that this was at least
part of the inspiration for an Apple tablet device. Heck, even after the
iPhone keynote in 2007, Steve showed the iPhone to Alan and Alan gestured his
hands into the shape of a tablet saying, Steve make it this size and you’ll rule the world. So I think it’s fair to say there was some inspiration from Alan. Anyway, jumping back to
the past, now to 1983, Steve Jobs gave a speech at IDCA and said, Apple wants to put an incredibly
great computer in a book that you can carry around with you that you can learn how
to use in 20 minutes. Arguably, many could say that this was one of the earliest mentions of the iPad’s super early infancy. Perhaps when he said
book, he was referring to a form factor like the PowerBook 100, which came out in 1991
but I like to believe that he had more of a
tablet form factor in mind. Also Marcel Brown has a great
article about this speech and a full recording of it too. So I highly recommend giving it a listen because for the most part,
it predicted the future. Also in 1983, Apple
worked with Frog Design to mock up another tablet
prototype called Bashful and in 1988, Apple created a video about a concept product named,
Knowledge Navigator. This is another awesome gem
to watch because it shows off an iPad-like product with
Siri and FaceTime features. Stuff we all use today
well maybe except for Siri. (laughing while crowd boos) Hey, hey, hey, hey, cool it, okay, cool it, I was just kidding! Now between 1992 and 1993,
while the Newton team was hard at work, other people
at Apple were working to bring the Macintosh user interface to a tablet-like computer. This resulted in many different concepts, the first one being PenLite, which was based on the PowerBook Duo, then PenMac followed after that. There was also the
Macintosh Folio and the Bic and honestly if you just sit down with the AppleDesign book, you’ll see a plethora of tablet concepts. There’s so many things in here, we can do other episodes on this later. Ultimately, all of these
tablets were killed in favor of the Newton MessagePad, which was released in 1993. Also in the same year, Apple developed a prototype named WALT, which integrated the touch
kind of environment with a stylus, PowerBook 100 internals and phone-like functionality but again it was ultimately killed. The Newton line only
lasted for several years and the last Newton product
was the MessagePad 2100, which was released in 1997
and discontinued in 1998. That was the end of the Newton line. So Apple took many stabs
at this whole tablet idea and you’ll notice a lot of
them were based on styluses and pen input. There wasn’t much actual
finger, touch support and ultimately, that’s
where Apple wanted to go. Just like what we have today
with multi-touch technology. But you also have to remember
in the mid to late ’90s, Apple was in a lot of financial trouble and Steve Jobs wasn’t back
at the company until 1997. He helped restructure the
board and build a new strategy and Apple got back on their feet, they went onto release
the iPod and the iMac and all this great stuff
but during all of that, there was no talk about this tablet or there was very little talk about the tablet outside of Apple. It seems like the buzz kinda
went down a little bit. Where did it go? Well it turns out Apple was
still interested in the tablet but they put it on pause to focus on a new product category target
and that was the phone. Apple was working on a multi-touch display in the early 2000s but they
shelved the tablet product in favor of a phone because they thought that was more important at the time. There’s actually a great All
Things Digital interview, where Steve Jobs tells the
story behind this decision. – I actually started on the tablet first and I asked our folks,
could we come up with a multi-touch display and
about six months later they called me in and showed
me this prototype display and it was amazing. Now we were thinking about
building a phone at that time and when I saw the rubber
band and inertial scrolling and a few of the other
things, I thought, oh, my God, we can build a phone out of this. – So the iPhone went on to
sell pretty darn well, I mean, it’s still around today,
it’s super popular. So with that experience,
it looks like Apple learned a lot about touch and
they were ready to go back to the tablet project and as speculations about
the tablet project drew near, rumors, buzz, hype, fan-made concepts all started to flourish. Names like iSlate and iTablet
were tossed around a lot. Probably because Apple
purchased in 2007. More rumors started brewing when iProd0,1 and iProd1,1 appeared in
property lists inside of the iPhone OS 3.0 betas, back in 2009. Fun fact, this was
actually the first topic I covered on my tech
webcast many years ago. Goodness, I was such a geek! Anyway, some sites predicted
the tablet would be 10.7 inches, some speculated as to whether or not it would run iPhone OS or Mac OS 10 and some sites predicted
Apple would use the ARM Cortex architecture for the processor, which they actually did. Many people were also
speculating about the price. Some were saying $800 but
a lot of people were saying just under $1,000, which is code for 999. I was prepared for the worst. But all those name speculations we were talking about were about to die. (maniacal laughing) (fire crackling) Records surfaces showing Apple
was pursuing the name, iPad, but Fujitsu filed an application
for iPad in March 2003. No, we’re not talking
about the MadTV iPad. – Why use a maxi pad when
there’s the new iPad from Apple. I just hook up my Apple to my peach. (audience laughing) – But in the end, Apple
was able to use the name. So I guess, everybody’s happy. Hopefully. Then on January 18th, Apple
issued the invitations for their January 27th media event, “Come see our latest creation”. The hype was on! Then the day comes. The buzz was going out of control, I remember being in high
school on January 27th, dying to see what the device looked like. I was in class just waiting
and waiting and waiting. Then, less than an hour before
Steve Jobs took the stage, a photo surfaced on Gizmodo that showed the tablets
alleged rear shell, which many believed was authentic and if you recall the the final design of the first gen iPad, you would agree. So this is it, this is
the moment coming up where Steve Jobs is going to walk out on stage and reveal the iPad to the
world for the first time. But as with pretty much everything new, it was bound to be met
with some criticism. Steve Jobs took the stage and asked everybody in the
audience if there’s room for a third category of
device between a laptop and smartphone and after
poking fun at netbooks, he revealed the iPad. A 9.7-inch tablet, powered by
Apple’s A4 system-on-a-chip. Some people were like, “What? Don’t call it an iPad,
that sounds like a tampon”. And many people said it
was just a giant iPhone. – We took an iPod Touch
and made it bigger. – [Ken] I won’t lie, that’s
was my brain said when I first saw it too, but I wasn’t so quick
to dismiss the product. Additionally, others poked fun at Apple for calling it “magical” but
the iPad went on to sell over 360 million units within the first decade so early criticisms aside,
I think it did all right. The design was a half an inch thin and it weighed only 1.5 pounds. It featured an IPS
display, a 10-hour battery and it even came in a 3G option. It didn’t have a camera built in which may have disappointed
some people but don’t worry, they’ll fix that real soon. An interesting thing to note
is the 30-pin connector, just worked similarly to
the port on the iPhone and the iPod. Additionally, Apple shipped a
dock accessory for the iPad, including one that had
a keyboard built in. But that’s not the interesting part, the interesting part is that a later stage iPad prototype
had two 30-pin connectors, signifying that Apple toyed with the idea of docking the iPad in portrait
and landscape orientations but this idea was scrapped. On the software side the
iPad ran iPhone OS 3.2, this was before it was called iOS and it would run iPhone apps
natively without modification but Apple encouraged developers
to redesign their app UIs, to take advantage of the big screen. Additionally the built in
apps were redesigned versions of the iPhone apps and they adopted a more
skeuomorphic user interface. Which eventually leaked
it’s way into the iPhone and onto Mac OS 10. This led to some debates down the road but believe me that’s a
topic for a future video. Apple also released an iPad
version of the Apple iWork suite and they released iBooks so you can use the iPad as an E-reader. But one of the biggest
surprises was the cost. Again many were speculating
that it would be around 999 but when Apple showed the true price, it was met with applause. – Not at 999, but at just (glass smashing) $499! (audience applauding) (audience cheering) – Through the following years, the iPad received many updates,
including the iPad mini and the iPad Pro and hundreds
of millions of units sold. A lot of work went into this
device to finally bring it to market and, you know,
I just wanna remind you that success has many fathers, right, it wasn’t just Steve
Jobs that made the iPad or Apple that made the iPad. There was a lot of people
involved with it inside and outside of Apple,
from inspiration to R&D and everything else in between. But it ended up shaping a
pretty fricking cool product that many people still use today. Heck, I still use one, I have all of my episode notes on here so when I’m talking with you guys I don’t sound like too
much of an idiot, right. So it helps me out everyday. Let me know about your
own iPad stories though, I wanna hear them because
I am a curious cat and if you have any other
ideas for future topics you wanna see on the show,
do let me know down below. I’m all ears. Thanks for sticking with me,
catch the crazy and pass it on. (funky upbeat tech music)

Comments 85

  • Now that was a good thing.

  • Hello, BTW nobody watched all of this yet.

  • Yes finally i vbeen waiting a long tine

  • Very nice

  • This information was very interesting. I remember when I was 3 getting the original iPad. Great video, keep it up! 👍

  • i still sold ipad 1 in vietnam =]]]]]]]]

  • Best suprise just After i finish my exams!

  • I love my iPad 1, I got it off eBay!!

  • The 1988 concept had a foldable screen?

  • Nostalgia! I love those old iPads!

  • Shoot I just finished refurbishing an iPad Mini 4 I saved from the technology graveyard. It had a broken LCD with no damage to the casing or touch glass. Weird but ok. It works just fine mostly. Though it doesn’t seem to like iOS 13 very much being 4 years old.

  • missed bit of the origin story: this prototype circa 2002

  • I’m glad they didn’t screw up MacOS to make it work on touch screens

  • Interestingly, Knowledge Navigator actually looks like the PCs coming out of CES this year, with the folding tablet displays.

  • I still have my unlimited 3g data iPad.

  • I'm watching this on an iPad 1!

  • Watching from 12.9 2018 iPad Pro 👌

  • Great video Ken! I remember getting my first iPad right around launch day. I was prepared to buy the 16 GB version… but Best Buy was all sold out. I ended up purchasing the 32 GB version and I'm glad I did. Today it doesn't get much use, but actually that extra storage space comes in handy to play around with old apps, games, and multimedia files.

    I remember Microsoft (at least I think it was them) showing off a prototype of an add-on camera for the iPad… but I don't think it was ever released, as the iPad 2 included a built-in camera. Although I still would have loved an add-on camera for the original iPad.

    It's really interesting to watch the recent documentaries "General Magic" and "Love Notes to Newton" and see where the ideas from the iPad came from.

  • Great video! Been using my iPad air every day, for 7 years now. Think it's time for an update!

  • Well no the iPad doesn’t sound like a tampon but the other thing women use, don’t ever confuse bad things will happen otherwise.

  • I miss skeuomorphism, I liked it and felt special compared to other operating systems.

  • My first iPad was iPad 2, which I got in 2011 at a discount while working at an Apple Reseller. It was great, I used it up until late 2018, when it was replaced with a 6th gen iPad.

  • I love the way you present paper slides in this video.. the little sound effect and transition is really keeping my attention

  • My story with iPad: My wife bought an iPad in the US and brought it back to where we live (Denmark). It was early 2010. She said: "Here U go honey. I can't see what you want to use it for. But I know you like tech, so here you are…". The iPad eventually grew on her, and after 2-3 months, she had the iPad in her hands for 3-4 hours daily. I almost couldn't get to spend some time with it on my own. Fast forward to today: We have had almost every version of the iPad since then and we love the product.

  • I remember struggling to get used to the school iPad that I was given from 7th to 8th grade. The app store was locked down, so only a handful of approved apps that appeared in the Self Service app could be used. Really, I just wanted to get send it back. Why use one if I can't customize the software experience a little? That was about 3-4 years ago.

  • Anyone here who remembers the Newsstand in iOS?

  • I have the first iPad mini but the battery died

  • I was 10 turning 11 when the iPad dropped. Now I’m turning 21 this March 😱

  • I think the criticism in the early days was warranted. I had an iPad 2 for a while after it came out and sold it cuz it was pretty damn useless. Far too locked down, no file browser, no downloading files, a lot of web content that you wanted to view back then was still Flash so couldn't do it, that kinda thing. To get much of anything on it you had to sync with iTunes, for a Mac user that's probably fine but I'm not so… euch. They didn't even bother porting the clock app from the iPhone until iOS 6 iirc, they clearly weren't giving this thing their all to start with, focused mainly on the iPhone. Fair enough if you ask me. However over the past 3 years or so they seemed to have put a tonne more resources into the iPad software, adding a file manager and such and the nets shift towards touchscreen-friendly and non-Flash based content has made it a significantly more useful device, so uh good job I guess Apple you made it to 2011 Android 😛

  • I’ve got one of the 1st gen iPads sitting next to me, and it works like new

  • My very first and very last iPad yet it iPad 2. I used it to top my grade 12th Physics exam, and JEE prep.

  • I've honestly never like the iPad, as it's always felt too locked down for me. I guess that's why I've always liked laptops that I can install almost any OS I want on it better.

  • We already got iBoard (12.9-inch Pro), so where's iMat?

  • I got my first iPad summer of this 2019. It was a used iPad mini 2 with a lifting screen. I used that thing so much within a span of six months. For Christmas I got a 2019 iPad and I often use it for notes, drawing, videos and reading.
    One of my favorite devices by far

  • They went from a blown-up iPod Touch to a line of tablets that rivals desktop platforms for productivity features. Talk about a come-up story.

  • I was at the keynote

  • Why are all of the comments from like an hour ago?

  • My parents got an iPad around launch in 2010. The iPad totally shaped my childhood and who I would become.

    When they got it, I didn’t really know what it was or how to use one, since i was 3 and I only had experience with the iPod Touch. I was so happy when they got it, because it could play movies that i would want to watch from iTunes, it could play some of the tv shows I loved to watch as a baby, and, most importantly, it was powerful enough to play Angry Birds!! (I was obsessed with it at the time). Over time, they eventually got newer iPads, like the 2, 3, 4, Mini, and so on. 2015 was when I got my own iPad. It was the Gold Air 2 with cellular. I loved it so much. It was a really great introduction to the modern Apple. In 2016, I got the iPad Pro, and was amazed at how huge and powerful it was. I was rocking that beast until 2019, when I got the latest iPad Pro. So far, it is amazing, with the quick Face ID, Lightning fast LTE speeds, etc.
    But in essence, an enormous part of my childhood was Apple and the iPad. The iPad helped me develop my love and knowledge of Apple. Happy 10th Birthday iPad!! 🎂🥳

    (I actually still have my 1st gen iPad with me right now. It is in great condition!)

  • Watching this on my 2018 iPad Pro 1TB.

  • It's too bad that Tim Cook isn't the visionary Steve Jobs was. Their modern products just aren't Apple in soul, they're only Apple by name.

  • luckily, i've got a surface pro.

  • I remember when I was 11 and watching the keynote and asking my dad to get the iPad for me and trying to explain to him that’s it’s not just a big iPhone. The day I got it is something I will always cherish. I also remember when infinity blade came out it for the iPad, it was crazy having such a console quality game running on such a small device to this day I have it installed on my iPad Pro just for nostalgia reasons.

  • Like if you are watching on a iPad 7th generation (I am)

  • Good report but you forgot to mention the iPad-1 had a place for the camera…. just missing…. in fact many pointed this out at the time after Steve Jobs did the presentation…. you could see it on the demo unit on stage..,.

  • First iPad here: iPad 3…. now I have An Air-2 and it’s PLENTY powerful for most apps… it’ll be a sad day when Apple stops supporting it…

  • First ten iPad is now iBrick

  • I still miss the original design of iOS. The skeuomorphism was just so nice and clean and it had it's own personality.

  • I couldn't see iPad's potential at launch, got caught up in all the "it's just a big iPhone" cynicism.
    Well… I was wrong. iPad is now my favourite device for 99% of what I do outside of work. Incredible platform.

  • Ken, I'm going to go bankrupt if you continue to speak so well about Apple's products.

  • I use my iPad Pro 9.7 everyday for college with the Apple Pencil. Amazing thing

  • Another episode of KKTT I see!

  • I’ve just enjoyed watching this video on my iPad Mini 2, it’s nice seeing how far the iPad has come over the years, great video as always. 😁

  • I had the original ipad, ipad2, ipad air, ipad air2, and the ipad pro. I still use them all the time. They are great for when you just want to consume content instead of creating it. I still use an ipad 2 as a remote camera today. Works great. Even the 1gen can be used as a photo frame if you really wanted to keep using it. Great video as always.

  • First time watching your videos, they are great. But i'd have to say, you really should slow down. The intro was just way too fast

  • I was the one who mocks iPad because it was, and still is, an enlarged iPhone back in 2010. Months later, I get the 1st gen iPad. Eventually I use iPad again in 2017 with iPad 5th Generation.

    Now, if you want a real tablet, iPad is your only choice. Not that Windows Tablets are bad, but Windows tablet at the price of a base iPad are crap and iPad is the way to go. You can now working with just an iPad. This device is powerful and versatile at the same time.

  • I remember it was back in 2013, and at the time my mom still had a random LG flip phone from Koodo. But I remember that we were in the mall on her birthday, and I was pointing out the stores, and I remember pointing out the Koodo store and her saying " Oh! We need to go in there " and I don't remember anything from inside of the store, but I do know she came out with a Black 8GB iPhone 4. Then after that we went to Visions Electronics and bought a Black 32GB iPad Mini and a Griffin folio case with like fake leather on the cover. And I think my mom also got a Black Otter Box for her iPhone 4. We used that iPad Mini until the motherboard died ( I now think that they were lying and that it could've been just a fully depleted battery ) but they gave us the complete opposite to our original, because they switched the motherboard to a White 16GB model, thinking we wouldn't notice, but we did. After that we used it until 2017, when we were traveling, and I saw an Apple Store, since I had never been to one, I just needed it see it. But after that my mum got a 32GB iPad 5th Generation, and we still use it now.

  • Would like an Ipad but have never been able to afford one. Can they make one for someone who's on benefits? The S*it pad maybe?

  • Though I use my 7th gen now I still have my launch day iPad and it still works great. I still use it to drive the overheads at church with keynote

  • The only iPad I have is the 1st gen. And all my apps suddenly quit opening.

  • i actually have a first gen ipad mounted to my wall as a clock

  • Been watching this on my iPad 2018 ❤️ really love the product ☺️

  • The design of the iPad 2 looks better in my opinion

  • I use my iPad 5th Gen, every day. Mostly for studying languages and programming (Can't beat Playgrounds, best app to get started). Also, the smart folio is a great stand when I want to watch videos lets say in the kitchen but I don't wanna get my MacBook keyboard dirty. And lastly, I'm a producer so music-making on the go, composing apps and photoshop apps are a must!

  • 1:22 why is there a do not attempt

  • i was also there

  • Omfg I didn’t know that today was the anniversary

  • If only Steve listened to his doctors he still would be alive and we would not have to deal with the total idiot Cock who is specially ruining the desktop / laptop part of Apple

  • My ipad 1 died 🙁

  • You forgot to cover the fact that the main time you see on all the apple photos of their tech is the hour and minute Steve j released the iPad

  • My first iPad is the one I’m using to watch this video

  • i got a 2012 ipad recently, i like it even if i can't really do a lot with ios 9.3.5.

  • i just got given a ipad mini 2 for free by my work experience, ive never had a ipad before though

  • apple ahcrive is being dmcaed at the moment

  • Destroyed

  • At the beginning you asked how are you doing and I said I'm not happy and you said good


  • iPad was the first touch screen device I tried. I remember thinking it was the coolest and most insane thing I've ever seen at that time. Got my self an iPad 2 a few months later thats still fully functioning and in use today rocking iOS 6.

  • watching on my ipad air 2

  • Awesome video. Informative and entertaining. Subbed

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