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There is a reason the iPad is the most desired U.S. holiday gift item, especially among kids ages 6 to 12. There is a reason the second fastest group to adopt iPads is the 65 and up age demographic. The iPad is a computer that is ushering in computing to demographics for whom a traditional clamshell PC is too complex or even frightening.
I’ll sum up my thoughts on this debate with the most common response I get when I ask consumers “What is an iPad?”
Their answer, plain and simple: “It’s a computer.”
Steve used to say to me — and he used to say this a lot — “Hey Jony, here’s a dopey idea.”
And sometimes they were. Really dopey. Sometimes they were truly dreadful. But sometimes they took the air from the room and they left us both completely silent. Bold, crazy, magnificent ideas. Or quiet simple ones, which in their subtlety, their detail, they were utterly profound.
And just as Steve loved ideas, and loved making stuff, he treated the process of creativity with a rare and a wonderful reverence. You see, I think he better than anyone understood that while ideas ultimately can be so powerful, they begin as fragile, barely formed thoughts, so easily missed, so easily compromised, so easily just squished.
Jobs said that the past twelve years of his life, since his return to Apple, had been the most productive in terms of creating new products. But his more important goal, he said, was to do what Hewlett and his friend David Packard had done, which was create a company that was so imbued with innovative creativity that it would outlive them.
— Walter Issacson (via soupsoup)
Source: The Huffington Post
There may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented.
Amazon just split the tablet market with Apple. The Kindle Fire is subsidized because you’ll shop more. Apple will stay high-end. Every tablet maker in the middle is screwed.
— Amazon’s Kindle Fire just nuked the tablet market: Winners and losers, Larry Dignan (via Luca)