“Isn’t Everybody getting one?” I don’t know. I guess.
For me it’s a big deal. I haven’t bought anything from Apple that hasn’t been over $300 in almost half a decade.
The last thing I purchased–that I consider a big purchase was back in 2005. I got a PowerBook G4. Although I sorely lamented having not waited; I was and still am thoroughly pleased with my purchase. (Despite it’s current state: unusable and all the ills I had with it. Head over to my Livejournal for more on that)
During that short time–although I must say it actually is a bit of a time. I’ve seen Apple update and update and update both architecture (that was once), hardware, and software a bunch of times. For their laptops and desktops– well, at least for some. Things like Mac Pros and Macbook Airs have been slow to see the light of change.
Which was why my inclinations were towards the Air when it came to making another big purchase from Apple.
However it didn’t happen–or hasn’t happened…yet.
Very well seared in my mind was the ill and strange sensation of having purchased something and for it to have it made obsolete whilst it’s new smell still yet lingered. Then for it to become entirely defunct still yet not old.
Guess I’m old school in that aspect. I still have an iMac G3 that works and at the time of my big purchase wasn’t ‘obsolete’.
It had been ‘allowed’ to grow old gracefully and not hastily.
Yes indeed times have changed and are a changin’ but still present somewhere in my mind is a cautionary tale…
Buy when sure, ready and not on impluse, presumptions, or speculation.
In the same manner I feel as if I am experiencing it to some degree with my iPhone 3G. Which I have only recently acquired. Yet due to my experience, I bought when sure and ready. Despite the software and the anticpated hardware changes I don’t feel as then.
So comes the iPad into Play.
I am remotely and slightly gleeful that I haven’t purchased an Apple System (by that a mean that it’s marketed, shown as independent and not as part of something like say an iPhone) in almost half a decade.
I say this as I know not what lies June 7th to be presneted by Mr. Steve Jobs.
I believe the iPad will change and is currently in the process of revolutionizing what we know as the Personal Computer as it did so long in 1984.
Insomuch that I’ve decided to purchase an iPad in the following months.
I’ve opted yet, still debating, however a wee bit sure I shall purchase an iPad 3G + Wi-Fi.
Sure Wi-Fi is more readily available and free of charge in many a places however I’ve grown too acustomed to the connectivity.
Sure there are plenty of ways to make the iPhone as a modem for the iPhone however my goal is to be light.
True an iPhone is light as can be. Although I speak from experience, it’s a cramped out light experience. Heavy on the cramping.
Using the iPhone as your only source–no laptop…at all is slightly grim.
The lack of ‘real estate’ first of all daunting after three months.
Yet with iPad that’s there. The ‘real estate’.
The difference between the Wi-Fi only iPad and one with 3G + Wi-Fi is the difference between an Airstreamer (trailer) and a full fledged RV.
Sure you can be autonomous with the Airstreamer but to an extent. You still need a hitch and a vehicle to accomplish it.
With the RV the autonomy is present from the moment you arrive. The vehicle is optional as it (the RV) is the vehicle.
So I think I’m getting an iPad 3G + Wi-Fi…I’ll see.