Five years ago today, Apple released the very first iPad, after months and months of rumors — and after years and years of failed attempts to create pen-based Windows tablets that everyone wanted. Soon after came the first round of “iPad killers” such as the early Samsung Android tablet.

Those iPad wannabes went nowhere, but the newfangled iPad quickly established a new category of computer, one that essentially set off a decline in PC sales that continues to this day.

Before its release, the iPad was widely derided as a toy that no one needed. But once it was on the market, it became the fastest-selling device in the history of technology, inspiring dozens of Android tablets and Android forks such as the Amazon Kindle Fire.

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