5 ways we never dreamed we’d use an iPad

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iPad Uses – When Steve Jobs announced the iPad on Jan. 27, 2010 at an Apple press conference in San Francisco, no one could have foreseen the tablet’s many varied uses over the next five years.

Marking the anniversary of the iPad going on sale on April 3, 2010, we’re taking a look at some of the more surprising ways people have used the device since it launched.

Have a read through our selection below. Do you have an example of an unexpected use of the Apple iPad? Share it with us in the comments.

1. By a famous concert pianist

In 2010, Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang delighted the audience at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco by using an iPad in his performance. Returning to the stage after calls for an encore, Lang Lang produced the iPad, loaded up the “Magic Piano” app and broke into a rendition of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee.

The impromptu performance made tech and mainstream headlines alike around the world, showcasing the iPad’s musical potential to a global audience.

2. As a canvas for a world-renowned artist

British artist David Hockney shocked the art world in 2013 by revealing his latest pop artwork — created on an iPad.

“David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition” at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco included approximately 150 iPad images created with the “Brushes” app. Hockney has since gone on to create additional iPhone and iPad works of art, exhibiting them both on actual iPads as well as in the form of prints from the original digital creations.

3. For magic tricks

Award-winning German “iPad Magician” Simon Pierro wowed viewers of The Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this year with an iPad magic show. Pierro, who has been performing “digital magic” on YouTube for a few years now, uses the iPad in his act in a truly innovative way, leaving viewers unable to believe their eyes.

4. In space

The iPad in the video above survived its fall from the outer edge of space in 2012, but did you know an iPad also went into “proper” space in 2013?

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield packed his iPad for his stint as Commander of the International Space Station. The iPad was spotted in one of Hadfield’s photos, being used at the time as a teleprompter. The Canadian Space Agency later confirmed the presence of the Apple tablet in space, stating “Chris Hadfield has put a lot of music on [the] International Space Station already, directly from his iPad — thousands of songs.”

5. To create a music album

Rather than waste time in the tour bus doing rockstar things while touring the U.S., the band The Gorillaz created an entire album using an iPad and electronic music apps.

Damon Albarn told NME, “I fell in love with my iPad as soon as I got it, so I’ve made it a completely different type of record.” The resulting album, The Fall, was released online free to fans but was fairly well-received and praised for its experimental nature, getting a 67/100 Metacritic score.

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