The past 365 days have been, without a doubt, the Year of the iPad 2, and as you’re about to see, this includes more than just great sales and undeniable attention from both consumers and developers the same. It all started in March as the Apple iPad 2 went on sale. Of course we pre-struck with an early What should I get guide and a few reviews of the device itself by our head writers. We had rather interesting (and telling) results in a poll from March asking if people would be buying an iPad 2, and an article also all the way back in March foretold much on how it’s so hard to compete with the iPad. Then the new year brought fourth an event of giant proportions. Behold the 2011 year in the most omnipotent tablet on the market.
Late in June the iTunes App Store reached 100,000 iPad apps after long last, and even earlier than that, in April, Apple’s Q2 earnings showed the iPad to be selling massively already – this showing what’d be common for earnings reports throughout the rest of the year. Back in January there’d only been 60,000 apps for iPad, if you’d like to know. We got the opportunity to check out the Samsung Windows 8 tablet as it sat as a developer device back in September, it providing one of the most unexpected contending packages for the iPad 2 of the year. The iPhone 4S was revealed, and the iPad 2 finally had a partner running the same dual-core A5 chip it’d been running for months.
As Steve Jobs passed, everyone on earth, it seemed was saying goodbye to him in their own way. Steven Colbert, for example, sent him a posthumous email with the iPad he had given him months earlier.
Jetstar airlines decided to bring the iPad aboard flights for customers, this deal made clear by their gaming release here at the tail-end of the year. On that note, Apple opened up monthly subscriptions for iPad game publishers. iTunes Match was launched to allow iPad users to access their entire until-then stuck-on-cd music collection through the cloud. Similarly, there was finally, after long last, a release of Facebook for iPad, and there was much rejoicing. For those of you looking to run essentially any application on your iPad, we saw a wonderful bit of magic in Parallels Desktop 7. The video chat giant known as Skype came to iPad (eventually) and we reviewed the app shown in the original iPad 2 announcement to show off its awesomeness: Infinity Blade. And between you and me: the greatest game for iPad or iPad 2 is still Slayer Pinball.
There was a rather interesting comparison done near the end of the year here when the ASUS Transformer Prime was released, it sparring up against the iPad 2 in a gaming battle. Chris Davies suggested the iPad two as 2011′s holiday must have while we had our very own ten apps for your new iPad 2 for the holidays. The year was topped off by Apple’s iTunes Rewind 2011 with iPad apps knocking a the door of 2012. As a bonus, not one but TWO new iPads have been tipped for early 2012 – could this be the year of the 7-inch iPad? We’ll see!