I’m sorry, Conan but despite my promise to you to stop being cynical, I can’t help it. And in this one case, I wish I was not. After watching the Internet show Steve present the iPad to the public, I froze and was taken to a temporary time warp to the day when Steve announced the iPod nano and the shuffle. Then it fast forward to the day he announced the iPhone. And when my quasi-Ebenezer moment was done, I came back to blog comments, analyses, and photos of the iPad and I realized one thing: all we are is dust in the wind and I’m getting old.
I hate to admit it but I haven’t been wowed in while from Steve’s keynotes. Maybe it’s because they’ve set the bar so high, there’s nothing new for Apple to really revolutionize. I admit, the iPad is beautiful. It’s going to sell. It’s going to have its cult set of followers and haters but it lacks the very thing that made the iPod and iPhone beautifully successful — it doesn’t seem to do one thing really well. I’m looking at it and I’m wondering .. how can I even hold this up? Book reading – check. Browsing – check. iWork – check. But essentially, it’s a big iPhone / iPod touch. In fact I can even reverse engineer it and say that the iPad’s next generation v2 WILL BE the iPod touch.
OK maybe I can not be cynical about it. Maybe it is about time Apple goes through its second dark ages in the same way Microsoft went through something after Windows XP. It’s the folly most companies fall into once they grown big and complacent. It’s the cycle, really.
As Steve smiled and looked down on the audience today showing off his new baby, I can feel the effects of the distortion field waning. Maybe the era really is coming to an end, and I’m glad to say that I’ve been a part of it. Thank you, Steve.