Apple's Amazing Keynote - Revenge of the iPad!

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Well, Apple did it, they actually lived up to the hype yet again. Steve Jobs coming out on stage and doing the presentation was a brilliant touch. No matter what you think of Jobs or Apple, good for him. As for the iPad 2, well, Apple didn't merely iterate slightly, they did actually make a true "2", no now all those silly rumors of an iPad 3 coming out in the fall can be put to rest. 1.3 pounds, THINNER than my iPhone 4, new A5 processor, improved graphics, dual cameras, available in black and white, AT&T and Verizon from day one, 10 hour battery life, $499 starting price (maxes out at $829 for 64GB with WiFi/3G), HDMI mirrored output up to 1080p, smart covers, etc. I think my hemming and hawing over what tablet to get was for naught as the decision has been made rather handily for me. Apple is just too far ahead of the competition at this point. Maybe that will change within a few years, but right now, all things considered, the iPad 2 is the only logical choice in tablets. It hits the US on March 11 and rolls out to 26 more countries on March 25. So, what do you guys think? Are you sold or do you think there will be better options in 2011?

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Bill Loguidice
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'Amazing' demand for iPad 2 seen as 'insurmountable lead' for Ap

http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/03/14/amazing_demand_for_ipad_2_...

Pretty interesting story, but as usual, things like restricted stock and sell-outs are tied as much to underproducing units as it is to actual demand. That's not to say the iPad 2 was a huge success - it was - but we all know there's some strategy to keeping demand high through a few artificial tricks as well.

EDIT: This provides seemingly accurate estimates of about 500,000 sold over the weekend - http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2381895,00.asp

Though this is completely and utterly irrelevant in light of the ongoing human tragedy, it will be interesting to see how the crisis in Japan affects device launches (like the 3DS) and general availability of all electronics throughout the rest of 2011 and beyond...

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Bill Loguidice wrote:

Though this is completely and utterly irrelevant in light of the ongoing human tragedy, it will be interesting to see how the crisis in Japan affects device launches (like the 3DS) and general availability of all electronics throughout the rest of 2011 and beyond...

That's an interesting question. I would assume it would have a positive impact, since there will be higher demand for labor, and thus higher wages and more money to spend on consumer electronics. Plus, when the factories and on get re-built, it'll be with modern techniques and equipment.

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Matt Barton wrote:
Bill Loguidice wrote:

Though this is completely and utterly irrelevant in light of the ongoing human tragedy, it will be interesting to see how the crisis in Japan affects device launches (like the 3DS) and general availability of all electronics throughout the rest of 2011 and beyond...

That's an interesting question. I would assume it would have a positive impact, since there will be higher demand for labor, and thus higher wages and more money to spend on consumer electronics. Plus, when the factories and on get re-built, it'll be with modern techniques and equipment.

Its already stopped production of several lines of cars (GM trucks most notebly) electronic parts ont hem are not shipping for awhile, funny side note, most cars from Japan are not going to be effected as most their parts are not made there.
We got ours in (ipad2).. and Im still in the camp of way to much money for what it does.. but I'm the minority on that. We handed them out at Training schools this week, 4 where refused.. "we didnt like the first one, why should we want this one" Keep in mind this is big wigs in our company... (crop insurance) they have ZERO use for one ....so its not a real slam on the IPAD.. most dont carry laptops, just phones.

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Make that around 1 million

Make that around 1 million sold over the weekend: http://www.next-gen.biz/news/ipad-2-shifts-nearly-one-million-units-in-f...

Needless to say, very impressive. It will be interesting if this will break Kinect's Guinness record. It just goes to show how mainstream gadgets have become. I remember as a kid in the 80's being so passionate about computers, videogames and robots, but it felt kind of "lonely" at times, like we were a select group of insiders. I never envisioned all of this becoming quite as mainstream as it's become. I love it!

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Bill Loguidice wrote:

I never envisioned all of this becoming quite as mainstream as it's become. I love it!

I have to tip my hat to the internet/web for this. It really is amazing how much all of society revolves around being online. We went from the family computer to the personal computer to the "you only have ONE computer and a phone? What is wrong with you?"

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Chris Kennedy wrote:
Bill Loguidice wrote:

I never envisioned all of this becoming quite as mainstream as it's become. I love it!

I have to tip my hat to the internet/web for this. It really is amazing how much all of society revolves around being online. We went from the family computer to the personal computer to the "you only have ONE computer and a phone? What is wrong with you?"

That is a great point and can't be understated. We often "forget" about the Internet and WWW because it's now 100% ingrained in EVERY aspect of life, even though some - such as my parents - still try to avoid it. It's truly one of the great inventions/innovations of humanity, right up there with things like the wheel, lever, battery, and microprocessor. It absolutely enables communication and knowledge, which are clearly two of the key drivers of overall societal advancement.

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Whoa! Your New iPad Will

Whoa! Your New iPad Will Stick To Your Fridge

There ya go, Bill. No more need for that magic pad thingy.

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Whoa! Your New iPad Will Stick To Your Fridge

There ya go, Bill. No more need for that magic pad thingy.

Silly, but I can think of many applications where attaching the iPad like that will be useful. Too bad I don't have metal walls at home!

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Bill Loguidice wrote:
Matt Barton wrote:

Whoa! Your New iPad Will Stick To Your Fridge

There ya go, Bill. No more need for that magic pad thingy.

Silly, but I can think of many applications where attaching the iPad like that will be useful. Too bad I don't have metal walls at home!

My wife believes an iPad would be an ideal solution for a kitchen computer. If you could secure it to the fridge for storage, that would be nice. She uses either the netbook or her phone for recipes right now. Footprint is too big with the iPad, and screen is too small (or not ideal) with the iPhone.

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Well, the Apple tendrils are

Well, the Apple tendrils are starting to run deep throughout our household. Christina just ordered an iPad 2 as well. Hers should arrive a week or two after mine.

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