On January 27, 2010, Steve Jobs put sneaker to stage at an Apple special event to give what was to be one of the most important keynotes of his life — and one to go down in the history of consumer electronics. The Mac had been introduced decades before, the iPhone only a few years back; yet, on that stage, at that event, Jobs made the case that there was room for a new category of device in-between them both. There was room for the iPad.
The tablet project had began at Apple even before the phone, and following the release of the iPhone, Apple was ready to move ahead. As a product, Steve Jobs reportedly said it was one of the most important of his life — a life filled with important products.