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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Apple's iPad Launch in San Francisco

Hello everybody, hope you had a nice holiday season and a good start in the new year.

Since the whole world was holding its breath yesterday while Steve Jobs unveiled another Apple device several walking minutes away from here, I decided to come out of forced blog retirement (read "too much work and no play" ... or something like that) and go have a look around during my lunch hour.

The press conference was in a building at Yerba Buena Gardens, right across from the SFMOMA.

When I got there, the conference was just over and there were journalists everywhere outside, some typing away on their laptops, others reporting live in front of news trucks and complicated camera equipment.

Something about the body language of the people gathered in front of the building told me there might still be something going on inside. People seemed to be clearly waiting for something, or someone, so I decided to stick around, and wait with them.

Sure enough, minutes later, Steve Jobs (CEO of Apple) came out!

At first, I almost didn't recognize him for a couple of seconds because he looks just like any other IT guy (except older) dressed casually with worn jeans and a hoodie, looking very unassuming. But of course, when the journalists all moved towards him and the security people started to clear a path in front of him, there was no doubt.

Apple released yesterday what they call an "iPad," a device that looks like a big iPod Touch and does basically the same thing, only bigger.

Great looking device, although a bit limited in what it does, and if you want my opinion, not the best choice of name.

I guess I'm not the only one who thinks the name is a bit ..ahem.. how shall I put it? Kind of a faux pas. The Web quickly responded to the name. Someone on Twitter posted "The Mini-pad will cost $499, and the Maxi-pad will cost $699." *cough* *cough* And some smarty-pant almost immediately circulated a crude, though hilarious, Mad TV video (Warning, the video may be offensive to some of you).

If you are considering getting an iPad, be sure to check out some of the initial reviews and feedback first, before you spend your hard-earned money.

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Blogger Louis la Vache said...

So, Tomate, have you place your order for one?

6:18 PM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

Of course I want one!!! It's shiny, it has an Apple logo on it, and it's new.

But, no, Louis, I don't think so. ;)

10:53 PM  
Blogger USelaine said...

I love that woman's dress! Good job on Jobs. He looks much healthier since I last saw pictures of him.

I've seen all kinds of reviews of the device in the last day. One said the real advance was the new Apple chip it uses. Another said it's the next leap for the iPhone OS to overtake OS X, and another said the safety of the developer sandbox mattered. All said later versions will be the answer to these predictions. I know nothing.

11:22 PM  
Blogger Patty said...

Hello, good to see you back. an iPod or iPad is something I do not want. I live very simple. LOL Happy week-end.

8:22 AM  
Blogger AphotoAday said...

Oh gods, he sure looks thin... But of course I'm sure he's still getting a lot of medical attention...

Just can't understand why Apple stock keeps dropping -- you'd think it would be going up, but it isn't...

Gotta give my buddy in Ohio the heads-up on this post -- he's a big Mac fan and follows Apple news closely... Thanks for the fine reporting, TF...

8:46 AM  
Anonymous Brad said...

Congrats on getting some photos of His Steveness!

I was initially disappointed it didn't have a built-in cam, but I'm now kind of warming up to the device.

Nothing I need though...

9:23 AM  
Blogger claude said...

Hello Tomate !
Contente de te retrouver !
Autant je suis accro à mon ordi que je ne suis pas tentée du tout par ce genre de IMachin. Si c'est pour être scotché à ce truc toute la journée...
Et la vie alors !!!
Et puis tu as raison, c'est cher !

11:45 PM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

Hi guys and thanks for the comments.

"Need" and "want" are 2 different things but the fine line between the two isn't always clear, and of course, Apple knows that.

It looks like it could be pretty handy to have around for some people. Of course, if you already have an iPhone, a laptop, netbook, smartphone ... I'm sure they will be selling plenty of them.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Louis la Vache said...

Où est notre Tomate?

5:19 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

you DO know who the guy next to him in the green shirt is, right?
-Kim :-)

8:27 AM  

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