iPad In April 2010, Apple announced the iPad, which breathed new life into an ailing tablet market that no other tech company had been able to successfully crack. According to Reuters via iSuppli, 12.9 million iPads were shipped as of Dec. 10, 2010, including 300,000 sold the first day it was available. Steve Jobs described what would eventually become the iPad in 1983 in a speech. "What we want to do is we want to put an incredibly great computer in a book that you can carry around with you and learn how to use in 20 minutes," Jobs said. "And we really want to do it with a radio link in it so you don't have to hook up to anything and you're in communication with all of these larger databases and other computers." The iPad was built to use Apple's iOS mobile operating system so that it would be compatible with the iPhone. It was announced on Jan. 27, 2010. Pricing started at $499 for the Wi-Fi version.