Dave Caolo's History of the iPad


Dave Caolo:

The story of Apple’s iPad is incredible, especially considering how young the device is. Released in April of 2010, the iPad has redefined and dominated the tablet market (if there even is a tablet market) and spawned a radical change in how tablet devices look and operate.

Of course, Apple didn’t cut the iPad from whole cloth (which probably would have been linen). It was built upon decades of ideas, tests, products and more ideas. Before we explore the iPad’s story, it’s appropriate to consider the greater history of tablets and the pen-driven devices that preceded it.

Considering the relative nascence of the iPad, it’s humbling to consider the strides Apple has made in the market since its release. Exploring this brief history, Dave Caolo is running a series of posts this week concerning the genesis of the iPad.

Today’s installment, the prologue, is fascinating. As is endemic within Apple’s secretive nature, the iPad models we have witnessed over the past two years are merely the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Beneath the choppy, frothing surface, lies a rich history leading toward the iPad we all know and love.

Highly recommended.

Eight Cars and One Submarine Disguised as as Crocodile

Celebrating 50 years of James Bond films, the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, England is hosting a display of some of the spy's most iconic vehicles. Suzanne LaBarre writes for Co.Design:

Scanning these photos, you start to understand something about Bond’s universal appeal. He couples a classically American relationship to the automobile--cars as customizable expressions of an individual’s identity--with a decidedly European aesthetic, the Old World riding shotgun with the New. To moviegoers, that’s sexy beyond all measure. Cram Roger Moore into a Lotus Esprit, and even he can look cool.

Check out the full gallery here.