For those keeping track of the iPad or other digital media devices, here are a bunch of tables that reveal how quickly the Apple iPad has become a market-leading tablet and the darling of consumers.
Microsoft, Asus, Google, Dell, Acer, Motorola, Blackberry and dozens of other vendors developed iPad envy seeing the wild success of the iPad and introduced their own tablets.
But none of the rival tablets have anywhere near the adoption rate of the iPad.
Today the majority of tablet Internet traffic comes from the iPad.
And except for the iPad, most tablet vendors are likely losing money despite pricing their devices lower than the iPad.
170m iPads Sold
There was no tablet category until Apple introduced the 9.7-inch iPad in April 2010.
Pre-iPad tablet introductions by Microsoft, Nokia and others were utter disasters with consumers showing them the middle finger.
Apple created the tablet market with the introduction of the iPad.
In less than four years, Apple has introduced five generations of the iPad (including a 7.9-inch iPad mini) and sold over 170 million units.
Apple’s revenues from the iPad since 2010 will approach $100 billion by the end of 2013.
The iPad would not have been such a raging hit were it not for overwhelming developer support.
Thousands of developers have created nearly half million dedicated iPad applications in diverse categories including games, music, news, utilities, video, sports and live TV.
By late October 2013, there were over a million apps that could run on the iPad. These include both native iPad apps and all apps written for the iPhone.