Today is a celebration of my newest addition to my Apple collection. I acquired a sealed, Brand New- still in the Box and never opened, 1st Gen iPad.
The original iPad was released in April of 2010. No, it’s not a vintage machine, like a lot of my collection, but it is still super significant. Steve was hyper-excited about it too. It represented one of his highest milestones of Apple innovation.
And while I bought the 1st Gen iPad the first day they went on sale and now have retired it to my collection (for sentimental reasons), I made the decision to get this one because it’s never been opened and is brand new, and I like sealed, new in the box Apples of all varieties. They are more expensive than a used collectible, but, if and when I ever decide to sell, they will be much easier to sell and will command a premium.
Apple fans love the iPad. It is one of the more recent Apple innovations and has Steve’s fingerprints all over it. He foresaw it back in 1983, built it when technology allowed and then launched it in 2010. Today, 6 years later, the iPad seems commonplace, but at the time the iPad was unlike any other Apple product, and man, was it cool!
“The iPad is a magical and revolutionary device.” Steve Jobs
One of the things I find most interesting is it is obviously a computer, but to the non-computer literate, it isn’t seen as such. It simply doesn’t have the intimidation factor of a computer to someone who never owned one before. It wasn’t intended to be a workhorse, like a laptop (albeit the iPad Pro is a step in that direction). Instead, it is a machine made for surfing the web, playing on social media and checking email. Yes, I know there are almost 800,000 iPad apps allowing tons of functionality, but I don’t play games, nor do I want to do ‘work’ on my iPad.
Because the iPad is the ultimate in mobile computing, I love it. Steve’s vision early on was three things: make computing personal, make it mobile and make it so someone can learn to use it in 20 minutes. And man, is the iPad the dream machine, more than another product they’ve made (and yes, I know the iPhone offers those three also, but it is more like mini-me to me). The iPad, on the other hand, is the coolest Apple product ever. I do realize too, Apple didn’t invent the tablet. No, they didn’t invent a lot of things, but perfect it, now that they did.