Considering how much hype was built up in online communities in the days leading to Apple’s unveiling of the iPad this past Wednesday, it’s really no surprise that many found their hopes less-than-fulfilled by the new gadget. Personally, I hadn’t even heard about the expected unveiling of an Apple tablet until our first class meeting last Wednesday (I don’t pretend to be very tech-savvy), but even I had some higher expectations. Sure, it’s a cool toy and looks really shiny and pretty, but I’m not really sure it’s as important as Apple seems to claim it is.
Here’s one collection of responses to the iPad, courtesy of New York Magazine:
I don’t know nearly enough about Apple or the typical Apple product consumer to even try to predict whether or not the iPad will sell at all, but I do know that I’m not impressed enough to shell out $500+ on what seems to me like not much more than a big iPhone (without regular phoning capabilities).