On January 27, 2010 Steve Jobs introduced the iPad. As usual at a major new Apple product unveiling, you needed a calculator to keep up with the number of times great, amazing, fantastic, amazing, and other such superlatives were thrown around. Here’s the sum-up line from Jobs that struck me that day:
Our most advanced technology in a magical & revolutionary device at an unbelievable price.
It’s fun to see just how well than line stands up today – as the iPad has proved to be every bit as revolutionary (just ask makers of netbooks and PCs watching their market share get chewed up by it) as touted and its price has still not been beaten by any similarly-featured tablet.
Needless to say I was very excited by the iPad when I saw it announced would be a huge understatement. I posted my first article on this site two days later; here’s a little slice of what I said in that first post:
I’m excited about the iPad. I want one, and will certainly get one on Day 1, and I’m excited to blog about this new device and especially about the apps that will run on it and the uses we’ll find for it.
I’m happy to say that I still feel that same excitement and enthusiasm for the iPad. It has proved to be even more of a game-changing device than I imagined. There are now over 180,000 apps designed specifically for the iPad and I’m still just as excited about finding the best of those as I was two years ago. Oh, and just a tad pumped up to see what Apple has in store for us with the iPad 3 this year.
The iPad went on sale for the first time one year ago today, on April 3rd of 2010.
Wow. I guess magical tablets grow up almost as fast as children. And time definitely flies when you’re having fun writing about a great device.
This time last year I was already at home with my shiny new iPad. I was Number 7 in the reserved line at my local Apple store on iPad Release Day, having arrived at around 6:30AM, I was out of the store and on my way home by 9:40. A much smoother and shorter experience than on iPad 2 launch day.
When I first laid hands on the iPad I thought it was an amazing device. My appreciation of it has grown throughout this year and grew again when I got my new iPad 2 a few weeks ago. It has become by far and away my most used mobile device, and is catching up with my MacBook Pro for most used device overall.
Happy Birthday iPad – and many happy returns.
Apple announced today that the iPad will be available in the US on Saturday April 3rd, and pre-orders start next Friday, March 12th.
CUPERTINO, California—March 5, 2010—Apple® today announced that its magical and revolutionary iPad will be available in the US on Saturday, April 3, for Wi-Fi models and in late April for Wi-Fi + 3G models. In addition, all models of iPad will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK in late April.
Beginning a week from today, on March 12, US customers can pre-order both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G models from Apple’s online store (www.apple.com) or reserve a Wi-Fi model to pick up on Saturday, April 3, at an Apple retail store.
Good stuff. The release is about a week later than the rumored March 26th date, but it’s nice to finally know the real deal on when we can get our hands on one.
Image Source: sonnyholmes.typepad.com
Availability of Apple’s forthcoming iPad may be limited when it launches later this month, due to an "unspecified production problem" that could restrict the number of shipped units to just 300,000.
Apple Insider and others are reporting today on this one analyst’s warning that unspecified production issues could cause lower than expected numbers of iPads to be available on its expected release later this month, or even cause a delay of a month for the release. .
Wow – this is my least favorite Apple rumor in a long time. Now that it’s March 1, we are down to just a few eek wait for an iPad if the original sixty days from announcement (which was made on 1/27) is still on.
If there are limited numbers available, I wonder what the scramble will be like for pre-orders and lines at stores etc. Really hope this rumor proves unfounded.
Via: Apple Insider
An amazing, beautiful, huge, phenomenal, unbelievably great, far better, condensed version of Steve and Co’s iPad announcement last week. These have become a standard after every big Apple event, and I love ‘em. :)