One Year Later, Strong Sales for iPad As New Competitors Eye Market

BY Kiran Moodley and Hari Sreenivasan  January 28, 2011 at 11:26 AM EDT

While Steve Jobs’ decision to take medical leave from Apple marked a shakeup in its leadership, it’s clear that his company is still in good shape.

That’s evidenced as we mark one year since the introduction of the iPad to the tech market. The iPad sought to fill the void between the smartphone and the laptop. In the last quarter of 2010, Apple sold 7.3 million iPads, 75 percent more than in the previous quarter of that year.

The iPad’s introduction has changed the market for the tablet computer — earlier models had never really taken off. Hari Sreenivasan talked to Washington Post technology writer Rob Pegoraro for this report on the impact of the iPad; how it transformed tablet computing, and how it is now fighting off a host of new rivals.

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