The IPad arrived five years ago today

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Among the first, a customer reacts.

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The first version of Apple’s tablet that redefined tablets was released in stores and delivered to homes on April 3, 2010.

We’ve collected a bunch of pictures taken that day and you can see them here.

While sales growth for the iPad has slowed recently, the device was an immediate hit when it arrived and has proven to be among Apple’s most successful products.

From an Apple press release two days after the first release:

Apple today announced that it sold over 300,000 iPads in the US as of midnight Saturday, April 3. These sales included deliveries of pre-ordered iPads to customers, deliveries to channel partners and sales at Apple Retail Stores. Apple also announced that iPad users downloaded over one million apps from Apple’s App Store and over 250,000 ebooks from its iBookstore during the first day.

“It feels great to have the iPad launched into the world—it’s going to be a game changer,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “iPad users, on average, downloaded more than three apps and close to one book within hours of unpacking their new iPad.”

The iPad 4 I bought for myself as a birthday gift in 2012 has been – and continues to be – a workhorse in the McNamara household … and once in a while the children even let me use it.

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