The IPad arrived five years ago today

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.

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Network World Paul McNamara