Was it re­ally that bad?

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by The Ap­ple iPad was an­nounced ex­actly six years ago. Since then, it’s evolved into the iPad Air, a mini ver­sion, and a larger Pro ver­sion have come along too. But what was the re­ac­tion like when Steve Jobs first an­nounced it?

Here are some selections from the MacRu­mors thread dis­cussing the an­nounce­ment (don’t for­get, MacRu­mors is an Ap­ple fan site): “This is a gi­ant iPhone, there’s no other way to put it. You can love it, you can hate it but in the end it is a gi­ant iPhone. Not revo­lu­tion­ary at all.” “Big­ger fail than MacBook Air and Ap­ple TV com­bined ... all those years of wait­ing and all the hype ....” “The key­note could have been five min­utes long. ‘Hey we took the iPhone and made it big­ger, booya!’ I can’t be­lieve this is it.” It wasn’t all bad though, as one user put it: “WEL­COME TO THE FU­TURE, PEO­PLE! Home­run.” We also loved this guy’s



| MARCH 2016 re­sponse: “I can’t wait till they make a pocket ver­sion of it … ” What about the press?

wrote, “What it was, how­ever, was fairly un­der­whelm­ing. Maybe un­der­whelm­ing isn’t the right word. Unimag­i­na­tive might be more ac­cu­rate.”

ran an ar­ti­cle head­lined, “The Truth about Ap­ple’s iPad: It’s a Big Yawn.” David Pogue from the

was one of the few op­ti­mistic ones, “That [crit­i­cism] will last un­til the iPad ac­tu­ally goes on sale in April. Then, if his­tory is any guide, Phase 3 will be­gin: pos­i­tive re­views, peo­ple lin­ing up to buy the thing, and the mys­te­ri­ous dis­ap­pear­ance of the basherblog­gers.” What did we think of the orig­i­nal iPad? We called it, “Sheer tablet bril­liance.” In fact, we ded­i­cated eight (!) pages to it in our re­view on


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