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Flashback Friday: Introducing the iPad

by Sean P. Aune | March 4, 2011March 4, 2011 1:15 pm PDT

flashback-fridayWith the iPad 2 introduction having happened this week, we thought it might be fun to step just a little over year into the past and look at the introduction of the original iPad.

Normally I like to dig a bit deeper into the past here on Flashback Friday, but I was struck by a couple of very glaring things when I took a moment to look back at Steve Jobs introducing the original iPad on Jan. 27th, 2010.  Some of the issues that were there when he first unveiled are still haunting us, and for no real good reason.

The most obvious issue is the lack of Flash support, but Mr. Jobs’ hatred for Flash has become the stuff of legend, and we know that’s not going to change any time soon.  What really leapt out at me was his talking about what a wonderful browsing experience it is for the Web.  I’m sorry, but I had to laugh.

While there is no question I love my iPad, and I still use it on a daily basis, Web browsing is probably my least favorite thing to do on it.  There is absolutely no way it is “the best browsing experience you’ve ever had” as Jobs claims.  He goes on to say how it’s better than browsing on a laptop, and again I had to chuckle.  As someone who spends his life in browsers working on the Internet, I am a huge user of tabbed browsing.  The action of going to the top of Safari on the iPad, clicking the window pane button and then having to select another window to go into is a massive annoyance to me.  There is no way to rapidly switch between tabs as I tend to do in a normal browser, and that alone makes it fall way down my list of ways I wish to browse the Web.  Sorry, Steve, no dice on that one.

Not nearly as serious, but still somewhat amusing, is how much he goes on about how thin the original iPad was.  Apparently it wasn’t thin enough as they shaved a third of it off this year for the iPad 2.  Has technology really advanced that much in the past year that they could shrink the casing that much, or did they leave too much allowance for something last year?  Who knows, but I won’t argue with an even thinner version of the device.

As always, it’s fun to step into the past, and the Internet has made that easier than ever before.  Lets see how many more years I can pull up that “best browsing experience” quote.


Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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