The Unparalleled Success of Apple’s iPad Over the Last 14 Years If You Invested $1000 In Apple When The iPad Was Launched 14 Years Ago, Here’s How Much You’d Have Today – Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)

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By Ronald Tech

The Apple iPad has turned 14. Launched on Jan. 27, 2010, the iPad was subject to jokes before becoming a category-defining product.

Apple Inc. AAPL co-founder and then-CEO Steve Jobs introduced the iPad as a “magical and revolutionary device” that could do everything from browsing the web, sending and receiving emails, reading books, and playing games, among other things.

The Power of a ‘Magical’ Device

“iPad is our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price,” Jobs said, adding that it would create an “entirely new category of devices.”

Over the next decade and a half, Jobs was proven right, and Apple capitalized on the first-mover advantage — one in two tablets being used worldwide is an iPad, according to data from Statcounter.

Apple put the iPad on sale for the first time on Apr. 3, 2010 and ended up selling over 300,000 units in just one day.

Jobs announced the iPad 2 in March 2011 and revealed that Apple sold 15 million iPads in the first nine months of it going on sale.

Apple has since launched 10 generations of the iPad and, apart from the standard variant, announced Mini, Air, and Pro variants.

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A Tale of Two Tablets

Did you know the iPad was not Apple’s first tablet? Under John Sculley’s leadership, Apple launched a tablet-like device called the Newton MessagePad.

“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,” Apple co-founder Steve Jobs said in a 1983 speech.

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However, the Newton MessagePad was not well received and was discontinued by Jobs.

Now let’s navigate the tumultuous waters and see how Apple’s stock has fared since the company’s launch of the iPad 14 years ago.

Apple stock price from Jan. 27, 2010, till today

Apple’s stock, adjusted for stock splits and other corporate actions, was $7.4243 on Jan. 27, 2010.

Its stock price today is $194.17, which is an increase of 2,515% during this period.

Value of a $1,000 investment in Apple stock, and the Nasdaq and S&P 500 indices, respectively, from Jan. 27, 2010, till today

If you had invested $1,000 in Apple stock on Jan. 27, 2010, today, you would have $26,153.

Likewise, if you had invested $1,000 in an index fund replicating Nasdaq, you would have $6,982.

A similar $1,000 investment in an index fund that replicates the S&P 500 would be worth $4,459.

A Testament to Innovation

Since the iPad’s release in 2010, Apple has launched a few other products like the Apple Watch, AirPods, and, more recently, Vision Pro.

Apple’s iPads alone made the company over $28 billion in its FY23, accounting for 7.4% of the company’s topline.

Apple has since expanded the use case for iPads from simple reading and entertainment devices to something that can be used by creators as well. The iPad Pro models are tailored for productivity and creation, sporting a large, high-resolution display and featuring powerful M-series chipsets.

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