Today is Dad's birthday. He would be 94 if he were still alive. Alas - he died 28 years too early to experience March "iPad" Madness.
Tomorrow - April 3rd - a day that will live in infamy. Apple will deliver millions of ipads to stores and customers all over America. Everything has been choreographed for customers to receive their new miracle tool through UPS at precisely the same time.
iPad is supposed to be a revolutionary new computer product to "change" the world forever. For $500 (plus tax and shipping) - millions of Apple groupies will be receiving this 8 x 10 x 1/2 inch sheet of glass that is supposed to change the world.
Simply put - it is a handheld computer that allows you to type directly on the color screen to send messages - listen to music - view photos - play games - watch videos - read email - and surf the net. It looks just like Apple's iPhone - only bigger - but you currently can't use it as a telephone. Some folks call it a "tweener" - it will fill the void between a cell phone and a laptop computer.
Techie critics are already panning it as a useless piece of garbage. Comedians are having a field day over the silly "iPad" name. Others are claiming it will be the replacement of a hallowed icon - the book - and savior of the obsolete news standard - the newspaper.
I have taken the bait. For the last few days - I have been checking the UPS site hoping the "brown pen guy" will be drawing circles around my home predicting an early delivery.
iPad Day - April 3rd 2010. You have been warned.