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First Anniversary of iPad

The first batch of iPad were actually released in April last year. However, the device and its name “iPad” was first announced by Steve Jobs one year ago (27 Jan 2010) in Apple’s annual event in San Francisco. Three millions iPads were sold in the first 80 days, and a total of 15 million iPads were sold in the subsequent months in 2010. The launch of the iPad has since changed the PC landscape and the way people think about personal computing.

Right after the announcement of the iPad, many people thought that Apple might have already run out of magic by launching such an enlarged iPod Touch, with such a silly name. Now, there is no doubt that those people have been proven wrong. I was one of the relatively few who held a different view. Below were what I wrote about the iPad as comments to Tracy’s blog post right after the announcement of the iPad:

My iPhone has been serving me very well as an information and learning device (information+learning=knowledge).

I also often use it to share photos with friends. For example, when we talked about recent trips and good old days, I would pull out my iPhone and show them the relevant photos I had in my online photo albums. That helps a lot in recalling everyone’s memory and hence heightening the atmosphere of the gathering. The only pity is that the 3.5″ display is really a bit small for showing clear pictures. The Google map function is also very useful, but again, the display is too small. I think there are a few more other applications that, with a larger display, would be much enhanced.

So, to me, a larger sized iPhone (or iPod Touch, to be more precise) is exactly the thing I want.

The 9.7″ display and the ease for it to be orientated make it a very good e-document and e-book reader. Use together with the Google’s cloud computing services would be perfect. I can really use it for meetings and seminars without bringing my documents.

Another big plus over laptop or netbook is its speed. The iPad, like the iPhone, can be ready for use in a second, and switching on my netbook will take more than 1 minute (usually 2 minutes before it is ready for use). So I may have already finished my task with the iPad even before the netbook has been switched on.

In fact, the purpose of a netbook is for surfing the Net, reading/writing blogs (I don’t even use it for IM after I have got the iPhone) and sharing photos sometimes because of its larger screen. So I think the iPad can capably replace my netbook. I can also save almost 1 lb of weight from my shoulder.

So, I think the iPad is not another netbook, or tablet PC or the like. It is a device to help people to enjoy or live an easier life. Not something that only the tech-savvy can master.

Yes, it is pretty much a large-size iPod Touch, but what’s wrong?

With a larger display, I believe that there will be more room for creative software apps development and the iPad would be put into much better applications.

I don’t think Apple had mistakenly picked the name iPad for this new device.

I think it’s an appropriate name. We have notepad, writing pad, desk pad, etc. A pad is something for people to write on and for containing information.

Many people tease the name by relating it to the kind of pad used by ladies. I don’t see anything negative about this. Half of the human race on earth cannot live without (at least very inconvenient) it. It’s not something shameful to talk about. Hahaha.

People mentioned about “tablet”. What is a tablet? A tablet can also mean a “pill”. Slate? Slave?

Now, all major PC and smartphone makers were playing the catch-up game in order to be the second place after Apple.

You may think that Apple and Steve Jobs may just be lucky enough to have made that move a little bit earlier than the others. I am not too sure about that. But let’s also take a look at the launch of the iPod in 2001? Right before the launch of the iPod, there were in fact quite a number of big brand mp3 players available in the market. However, given the convenience of listening music in such portable devices, the sales of mp3 players was considered rather low by Steve Jobs at that time. Steve Jobs saw a huge potential in the mp3 market (including the songs and the players) and thought that people should have bought more of those devices. Eventually he came up with the conclusion that the mp3 players in the market at that time were simply ugly and not user friendly, and that there had been no proactive efforts in educating (or telling) the potential users what they really “should” need in listening to music. Then the iPod players were launched after the launch of the iTunes Store, which had shaken the entire music industry ever since.

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