Have you seen Apple’s new product, the iPad?
Why is it called pad sia? This is the first thing I think about when I think of a pad.
THIS is Apple’s new product (available internationally in June)
I didn’t get to see the ‘live’ video, but I’ve been checking out Google and other various websites promoting it (or otherwise). You have to admit it, it’s pretty sleek and it’ll be much more useful to bring around than lugging a laptop. Read this for info on specs-wise. However, it does seem exceedingly similar to bringing around a slightly smaller sized netbook (iPad is 9.7 inches, a netbook is around 10inches). Or it’s like a large iPhone, without the phone calls.
And although I definitely ought to be sleeping at this moment, I’m checking out what’s going on around the web and seeing hits and blogs and posts about the new Apple iPad every minute or so. Is this the craze of Internet technology? The need to update every minute or second or so, with the very latest updates possible. A few minutes slower than everyone else and you’re considered too slow. We had the Internet, now we have mobile on broadband, and now we have a larger screen to view the Internet with, instead of the tiny screens on our handphones. We’ll have to explore the larger implications of this, and dig deeper into the multi-facets of this ‘phenomenon’, if such a word can be used to describe it.
It’s somewhat ironical that we’ve just chosen our topic to be on mobile technology, and society’s increasing dependency on it. The need to feel connected, the need to feel updated at every single thing possible, better still if it’s nanoseconds before our peers learn the same info. How many people asked for a photo of the iPad a couple of days before it came out, offering to pay up to US$50,000 just for a photo?
The best part will be how we’re looking forward to getting our hands on this in an effort to look ‘different’. To be seen with an Apple product, and be associated with their brand of being an ‘individual’ and ‘creatively different’.
It’s funny how in our conquest to be different, we all end up exactly the same.