Apple's brand new iPad was announced in January of this year, and after initial snickers over its name it became a nearly overnight success. While the iPad was lacking some features that many had hoped for, when it went on sale in March, the reception was incredible. Running iOS software and accepting apps (complete with its own App Store), the iPad was presented as a device that would revolutionize the use of mobile technology. Take a look back at the iPad's 2010 success and what we can expect in 2011 after the break.

Why it was huge?
The iPad was really the first of its kind. While tablet and touch screen technology existed, Steve Jobs's answer to those "in-between devices" — that is, bigger and more powerful than a phone, smaller and more mobile than a computer — gave the world a new way to think about the ways in which we consume media, play games, and communicate with others.

Plus . . .
As soon as the device was announced, companies immediately began releasing accessories, from simple cases to Apple's official line, featuring a keyboard and docking station. Soon, more innovative and creative accessories started to emerge, like lap desks, designer clutches, and recently, the world's most expensive case.

What's next?
The iPad has a huge future in publishing, as evidenced first by the iBookstore, and then by the amount of magazines releasing apps for use specifically on the iPad. Now, with news of iPad-only subscriptions starting to emerge (and the technology allowing you to subscribe to a publication on the iPad), the iPad will likely take on a larger role in digital content delivery. And since just yesterday, news leaked of a second-generation iPad case sporting rear camera and SD card support, perhaps the rumors of an April 2011 launch are true.