This year was the year of the iPad. It’s hard to believe that Steven Jobs revealed it to the world just 11 months ago and that 7 million have been sold. There was all the patented hype you’d expect for the launch of the latest Apple product — or the relaunch of the latest version of the same Apple product (iPhone 4).
When it hit Australia there was all the predictable intrigue about which shops would be stocking it and how long the queues would be. The networks raced each other to find the geekiest gadget freak to profile on the day of the release. Then there was the speculation about whether it would replace the laptop and whether it will render newsprint redundant. No one knows, we’re all just guessing. The iPad apps started flowing. Some were just modified from the iPhone. They were the ones that looked grainy on the bigger screen. Wired magazine produced its version quickly, presenting a splendid vision of the future. The Australian trialled its new app to thunderous self acclaim. The public treated it much like the printed version and ignored it.