How did anyone survive without their iPad? In the dark ages, before this tablet was unleashed on the world by Apple, we had to deal with the humble notebook computer.
When the iPad was released, it was met with the usual onslaught of praise and unnecessary hype – something Apple does incredibly well.
Most of the criticism was leveled at the price – for an extra $200 added to the asking price of an iPad, you could score a nice notebook with lots of memory, a keyboard, a camera and not be hemmed in by Apple’s quirks.
Flash forward a year later and the iPad has dominated sales, the release of PC based tablets hasn’t really made the dent everyone was predicting. (Remember the hype back in January when the electronics show was all about competing tablets?)
Now the new iPad has emerged and the world once again is saved from the brink of doom by Steve Jobs and company. This one has a camera! Hooray! Now utopia is within reach.
Seriously, what’s the appeal? Maybe because even our mothers can pick up this machine, touch a button and immediately “get it.” Have you seen children with an iPad? They take to it like celebrities to botox.
Maybe it’s the monitor or the access to the billions of apps – or that an iPad is easily transported, turns on in an instant and is ready to do whatever you want it to – except make a decent cup of coffee.
As it stands, the iPad rules the tablet world, much like it owns the MP3 player universe – the PC makers and fanboys can shake their hands and list all of the downsides to the iPad, but no one’s listening.