Dave Caolo has decided to tackle the ‘history’ of the iPad, including its mechanical and intellectual forebearers (he goes all the way back to 1888, amazingly). Seems like an interesting and clever undertaking and one motivated by some startling facts:
Today the iPad is so popular that it’s easy to overlook that it’s only three years old. Apple has updated it just twice. Here’s a little perspective to reinforce the iPad’s tender age:
When J. K. Rowling published Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, there was no iPad.
When President Barak Obama was inaugurated as America’s 44th president, there was no iPad.
In 2004 when the Boston Red Sox broke the Curse of the Bambino and won the World Series for the first time in 86 years, there was no iPad. Nor did it exist three years later, when they won the championship again.
Hard to imagine that the device is only three years old. At least in the US, it has become something of an iconic, cultural touchstone.
Read Dave’s piece and check back for updates as he moves us through the development of iPad.