The day the first iPad arrived

Five years ago Friday, April 3, 2010, the first Apple iPads were delivered to the public.

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April 3, 2010

Tablets had always flopped so there was no shortage of naysayers pooh-poohing Apple’s new iPad when the first model was delivered to homes and made available in stores on April 3, 2010. While sales growth has slowed recently, the naysayers could not possibly have been more wrong. Here are some images from the iPad’s debut day.

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Sign of things to come

A fan outside the Apple Store in New York City.

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Lining up

In what has now become a ritualistic sight for Apple product launches, customers line up for the first iPad outside of a store in San Francisco.

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Lining up the goods

A store employee prepares the product for sale in San Francisco.

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Initial reaction

Andreas Schobel reacts after being among the first to purchase an iPad at the San Francisco store.

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A Halloween costume to come

Lyle Haney walks along the waiting line wearing what would become a common Halloween costume.

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300,000 sold that day

A worker rings up a sale in the New York store. Apple reported that it sold 300,000 iPads on that first day.

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Mr. iFixIt among buyers

Luke Soules, co-founder of iFixit, was among the first to walk out of the Richmond, Va., store with a pre-ordered iPad. Here is the tear-down iFixit did on the machine.

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Employees cheer

Store workers cheer as hundreds of shoppers enter the Chicago outlet.

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'Hey Steve, here’s your iPad, buddy’

Steve would appear to be Steve Mays. The UPS guy who brought him his iPad is not identified, but you can hear him announce the delivery here.

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You could Google it

And this is what the Google search results page looked like on Day One of the iPad.

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It was front-page news

Including in the Honolulu Advertiser, for example, which warned readers to “expect a crowd.”

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At the bar

By evening, many an iPad owner was enjoying a new way to end the day with a newspaper and a nightcap.