Friday, 2 April 2010

Stephen Fry about iPad

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Guess who — and what is this about?



After he leaves, I am finally left alone with an iPad. Finally I get some finger time. I peep under the slip holder, and there it is. When I switch it on, a little sigh escapes me as the screen lights up. Ten minutes later I am rolling on the floor, snarling and biting, trying to wrestle it from the hands of an Apple press representative.



That is not strictly true, but giving up the iPad felt a little like that. I had been prepared for a smooth feel, for a bright screen and the "immersive" experience everyone had promised. I was not prepared, though, for how instant the relationship I formed with the device would be. I left Cupertino without an iPad, but I have since gotten my own, and it goes with me everywhere.



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It is possible that the public will not fall on the iPad, as I did, like lions on an antelope. Perhaps they will find the apps and the iBooks too expensive. Maybe they will wait for more fully featured later models. But for me, my iPad is like a gun lobbyist's rifle: the only way you will take it from me is to prise it from my cold, dead hands. One melancholy thought occurs as my fingers glide and flow over the surface of this astonishing object: Douglas Adams is not alive to see the closest thing to his Hitchhiker's Guide that humankind has yet devised.



Either Apple has paid Mr Fry a whole lot of money ... or they didn't. It could also have something to do with the fact that he's got an iPad now — before the official launch. Anyway, this is quite an amusing article with a bits of interview with yet another Steve — the one on the cover; worth reading (on of a very few of such kind in Time magazine). Read on.


The iPad Launch: Can Steve Jobs Do It Again?