Lacking the two most common interface tools, a keyboard and a mouse, it instead relied entirely on touch, expanding on ideas laid successfully out in the iPhone and other smart phones. The final product had an element of sci-fi to it, evoking the retro-futurism of the slates and tablets we had seen in mockups and movie props for years.
In typical Apple fashion, the chattering classes were unimpressed at first. The iPad was too limited to be a productivity device, it lacked a camera, it was nothing but an oversize iPod Touch. From those initial mixed reviews, it has literally inspired an entire new class of consumer products, and the iPad's influence will be felt for a long time to come.
October 6, 2011 8:38 AM PDT
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| Caption by: David Carnoy, Dan Ackerman
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