Back in 2010, the iPad represented a sort of mystical missing piece meant to bridge two very different words. On one side, the ultra-mobile iPhone offered great potential despite its limits, and on the other, the powerful Mac had a mature capable platform but was nowhere near as portable. The iPad was meant to fit between them, offering a desktop-style experience in a mobile package.
To say the iPad was a hit is an understatement. It instantly became the fastest product to reach every major milestone all the way up to 250 million sales–no small feat when you consider it followed things like the iPod, iPhone and iMac. Even now, the iPad is still the quickest seller in Apple’s history.