Katherine Noyes of PCWorld is definitely not a believer in the iPad (or tablets in general) as Post-PC devices that will meet with lasting success. In fact, she believes they are all ‘nothing more than a passing fad’. She is stunned that sales are currently ‘backing up the hype’ and seems amazed that ‘something’ has made them catch on with consumers.
Here’s a lovely little excerpt from her article on this, where she identifies what that certain something might be that has got consumers interested (emphasis below is mine):
What is that mysterious "something"? Purely marketing, I believe. Apple is nothing if not master of the glitzy sales pitch, and there’s never been better proof of that than the iPad’s current success.
Mark my words: The device–and all the others of its ilk that have sprung up for a piece of the action–are nothing more than a passing fad, at least in the mainstream.
Oh, I love the ‘pure marketing’ argument. It makes so much sense after over 15 million iPads have been sold – because nobody would speak up and tell all their friends that it’s a useless over-hyped device during the year it’s been in users’ hands.
I bet lots of you were worried that with all the current iPad 2 stock shortages, there just wouldn’t be a way to find a ridiculous, modified one that you could blow 8 million dollars on. Have no fear though, the folks at Stuart Hughes have got you covered on this one. They’re offering a strikingly ugly model featuring gratuitous amounts of encrusting of diamonds, gold, and some sort of stone from Canada that’s 75 million years old. Oh, and of course 57 grams of bone from a Tyrannosaurus Rex – just as Jonathan Ive always envisioned.
Undoubtably the world’s most unique gadget is the Ipad 2 Gold History Edition. Encrusted with 12.5 cts of ‘I’F’ Flawless diamonds, a magnificent total of 53 individually set sparkling gems dwell beautifully in solid 24ct Apple logo with rear section formed again in 24ct gold weighing an immense 2,000 grams. The unrivalled imagination towards the craftmanship of the iapd is down to its main front frame which is made from the oldest rock the world has to offer in the form of Ammolite , sourced from Canada this stone is over 75 million years old. However to make this masterpiece even more individual, sections of a 65 million year old T-REX Dinosaur’s thigh bone was splintered and then shaved into the Ammolite , then finished off with ultimate jewel , as single cut 8.5ct flawless diamond inlaid in its own platinum surround with 12 outer flawless diamonds. A magnificent combination of top of the industry technology and unique thought were involved in creating this piece of History !. Material spec, 16.5 ct diamonds & 8.5ct single diamond, 57 grams of T-REX bone, 750 grams of Ammolite stone and 2000 grams of solid 24ct Gold. This item is of a limited edition of only 2 units to be made. You can also find other variations of this atwww.goldstriker.co.uk
Price – £5,000,000.00
Nothing says fine craftsmanship like product descriptions riddled with comical misspellings. ‘Undoubtably’ is undoubtedly not a word, iPad starts with a lowercase ‘i’ (for f*** sake, they could at least get that right), ‘iapd’ is also not a word but is a lovely butchering of iPad.
I think I’m going to hold off on this one for now and wait for the Charlie Sheen tiger blood and warlock hair model. I’m betting that beauty will come in at a markdown price of under $7 million.
There are a lot of adjectives I associate with the iPad – but tough, rugged, and indestructible have never been on my list before today. Then I spotted a story at TUAW of an iPad that was apparently run over by a car – a PT Cruiser – and not only lived to tell about it, but appears to work just fine (apart from the whole totally shattered glass bit).
Reader Aaron sent us a link to a YouTube video (on the next page) demonstrating how an iPad belonging to a fellow employee handled being run over by the front and rear wheels of a Chrysler PT Cruiser. As the video shows, the iPad was in the standard Apple Case and the front glass was crushed quite extensively. However, the Home button still worked and the rest of the components in the display were totally functional. The touchscreen still responded to gestures, and the accelerometer responded by rotating the screen.
A pretty fine effort by YouTube member minimatefactory. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing lots more costume ideas featuring iPads over the next few weeks. If you’ve seen – or created – any interesting ones, please share in the comments or contact us with details. Thanks to reader Steve for the heads-up on this [...]
Delta Technology presents the iArm, the forearm mount that gives you, well, an extra arm. Just 4.5 lbs and fully adjustable, the iArm lets you take your favorite gadget with you. And with the optional "multi-mount", you can secure up to three items at once. Attaches to tablet PCs, eReaders, remotes & more! Just 4.5 [...]
Oh boy. I have a friend (cough, cough) who seems obsessed enough to probably have this sort of issue with my his iPad. Great comic by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, aka iPadGirl. What makes it even greater is that she did it all on an iPad (though hopefully not in a bedroom). I used Autodesk Sketchbook [...]
Just brilliant. The app looks like it may be good fun as well. Any football game that features landmines, earthquakes, and the ability to release wild pigs has gotta be worth a look. :) You can find Steve Young Football HD in the App Store now, priced at $4.99. Spotted the ad via: Gizmodo
Steve Jobs started off today’s WWDC keynote presentation with an update on iPad. He confirmed the 2 million sold number we already knew, and mentioned that means they’ve sold one every 3 seconds. Perhaps more importantly, he let us know what ‘magical’ really means in the iPad’s description – it’s a chick magnet: And it [...]