I pre-ordered an IPad last week to be delivered this Saturday.
After the announcement I was pretty negative on the device as I thought Jobs keynote was kind of weak, filled with lots of "it just works", "it's so easy's", but no real identifiable use case.
My theory is that true to Apple's successful creations, the IPad was designed to fulfill a need Steve Jobs had. When his need (or want) overlaps with a large segment of the population, then Apple has a success. When it doesn't - they don't. I think there is also a third case, where Steve has no interest in a device but Apple builds it anyway. That's what I believe the AppleTV is, retarded.
So my theory here is that Steve loves his Iphone. It fits his lifestyle of probably mostly being mobile, rarely using a computer, etc. However, there are times when Steve is 'at home'. The computer just isn't interesting to him anymore and terribly pedestrian. Steve thinks to himself, I wish my Iphone was larger. Voilà – IPad.
Of course, I have no data to suggest any of this is true, but it seems logical to me. It's also consistent with my belief that Jobs is the only person at Apple that can design a product and when he is gone, so is Apple.
So, with this use case in mind – something to read email and surf the web at home between getting home from work and going to bed – I pre-ordered an IPad. It should arrive this Saturday.
I think Saturday will either be the birth of a new electronics paradigm, or where Steve's use case diverged from the average man. I'll let you know.