The iPad is clearly the dominant tablet in the marketplace today and has been since it’s launch in March, 2010. Although Microsoft forayed into tablets first, way back in 2002, with the Microsoft Tablet PC specification, it’s widely accepted that they missed the target. From day one, the iPad has been a runaway success and has been growing stronger with each subsequent iteration, despite a slew of challengers trying to compete with devices running on multiple operating systems. At the moment, even with the anticipated launch of the new generation of Microsoft Surface tablet sporting Windows 8, and the new Google Nexus 7 tablet, there’s no indication that Apple has to worry about giving up much (if any) market share to anyone. That thinking is further bolstered by Apple’s recent court victory over rival Samsung and the expected October debut of the iPad mini.
Still, giving consideration to what the iPad has become and how it is used, is far more important than evaluating competitors. A beautiful infographic from the clever minds at Infographiclabs illustrates that point nicely. Some of the iPad historical highlights include “How people use tablets”, “& When”, gender and age breakdowns, sales numbers, technical spec comparisons and more. Rather than wordy explanations or boring pie charts, the imagery provides a nice walk through the colorful history of the world’s most popular tablet.