So, the wait is over and the news is out. Apple sold "over 300,000" iPads in its first day out of the gate, according to an official press release. That's more the the iPhone sold in its first weekend but far less than the 500,000-700,000 units some analysts had projected. (See the WSJ article here.)
 
Does that make it a success or a failure?
 
Even though it is far too early to tell, chances are you have an opinion. The iPad has been one of the most hotly debated new technology products in memory. Blogs and online articles far and wide have attracted an obscene number of comments. Online discussions have become both heated and personal, with iPad enthusiasts being dubbed naive Steve Jobs sycophants and iPad critics being labeled naysaying luddites.
 
The controversy doesn't tell us much about the iPad or Apple itself, as most articles and their ensuing comments are 50% speculation, 40% name-calling, and 10% fact. 
 
What the controversy does suggest is that we have reached a tipping in consumer technology. The internet-as-a-platform and cloud computing paradigm is taking over, and a new class of devices, many yet to be dreamed up, is emerging to deliver users content and functionality anytime, anywhere. As our data networks continue to grow larger and faster, and as strategic partnerships between data providers and device manufacturers become more sophisticated, the way in which we interact with technology will drastically change.
 
What the iPad controversy represents, then, is the battle for mindshare regarding what that future will ultimately look like.
 
I have been incredibly critical of the iPad (or perhaps, more accurately, of the iPad junkies) and personally believe the design has some important flaws. Still, I have to offer kudos to apple for putting forward the most tangible, compelling vision yet of the future of computing.
  

Posted via email from Human Ventures

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