The New York Times has published an interesting piece covering the tech of the last decade called The Decade Tech Lost its Way. It delves into the fast-moving path of technology in the 2010s through the words of the people who lived it made it happen. What I’ve read has been interesting and insightful and I definitely recommend taking a look at the entire article. That said, I can’t help but focus on the segment covering the development and lead up to release of the original iPad.
Four years ago today, April 3 2010, was launch day for the original iPad. Some said it was ‘just a giant iPod’ while Steve Jobs hailed it as a ‘magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price’.
In these last four years the iPad has effectively created the tablet market, which has since seen tablets even outselling traditional PCs.
On April 3, 2010 around this time of the morning I was Number 7 in the ‘Reserved’ line outside my local Apple store. I had a great experience that morning and came home early in the day with a shiny new iPad that was very soon to become my most used device.
There were a lot of great words written about the iPad back around that launch time. This was one of my favorite quotes then, from Steven Levy at Wired Magazine – cited by CBS News. It’s still a favorite because it’s still true and still one of the most magical things about the iPad:
Levy says the brilliance of the iPad is that it makes the computer disappear.
“You don’t think ‘computer’ when you use it,” he said. “You just do the task you want to do.”
Want to read a book? The iPad becomes a book. Want to read a newspaper? The iPad becomes a newspaper.
And it’s been making the computer disappear, in more ways than one, ever since.
Three years ago today, right around this time of the morning (9:10AM) I was paying for my first iPad on launch day for the original iPad.
I had launched iPad Insight just a couple days after Steve Jobs announced the iPad in January of 2010 – and I was about as eager as anyone to see it launched by the time April 3rd rolled around. I was outside my local Apple store at around 6:30AM and was very happy to be the 7th person in the reserved line (this was a launch where Apple let you pre-order and reserve to collect it at your local Apple store).
My iPad launch day experience was superb at the Apple store at Barton Creek Mall here in Austin – and my high expectations for the iPad were met and exceeded on that very first day of owning one.
How many of you bought the original iPad on launch day? What was your experience like that day?