April 3, 2014
Four years ago today, the first iPad launched in the U.S. Since then, Apple has offered four follow-up devices, two iPad minis, and of course, thousands of iPad-specific apps created by countless developers. When Steve Jobs announced the iPad in January 2010, not everyone was convinced that the iPhone maker could score once again. In fact, even now, the skeptics remain. AAPLinventors has kept a running diary of sorts called the "iPad Death Watch" that records some of the crazier comments made about Apple’s tablet. Here are just a few of them:
“You might want to tell me the difference between a large phone and a tablet.” Eric Schmidt, Google, 10 January 2010
“Apple iPad – failure, joke or fiasco? Pick one” Linen DeFiller, MillionFace.com, 27 January 2010
“5 Reasons Why Apple’s iPad Tablet Will Fail 1. It won’t fit in your pocket. 2. It’s too expensive. 3. It won’t replace the laptop. 4. You only get access to a watered-down Internet. 5. No one really needs an iPad.” Daniel Nations, About.com Guide, 26 January 2010 “There could literally be millions of first-generation iPads gathering dust in people’s home offices already. This product is the tech industry’s biggest MacGuffin yet.” Paul Thurrott, Windows IT Pro, 23 October 2010 “Such a shame. Add this to the list of interesting places on the Internet you can’t see on your device. Of course, if you had a Toshiba Tablet, you would enjoy the entire Internet. Yep, Flash sites too.” Toshiba ad when viewed on iPad, 22 January 2011
“Given what I’ve seen of Honeycomb and Motorola’s excellent tablet, Cupertino will have some serious catching up to do with their iPad 2.”
“Tablet PC fever receding, notebooks regaining interest.” J.T. Wang, Chairman, Acer, 24 Aug 2011
“Microsoft will ultimately muscle-out Apple as the leader in smartphones and tablets. Apple’s insistence on controlling every aspect of both its software and hardware puts it at a disadvantage to a more flexible Microsoft.” Charles Sizemore, Sizemore Capital, 29 Nov 2012 “If Apple continues to pursue its current pricing and maximize-short-term profit strategy, it may continue to increase its profits for the next couple of years. (BlackBerry and Nokia grew earnings for a couple of years after some analysts began seeing the writing on the wall.) But Apple will also continue to lose platform and ecosystem share in most of the world. Apple fans can talk all they want about how Apple is “like BMW,” but in a couple of key competitive respects, it isn’t. And if the gadget platform market behaves the way other platform markets have (think Windows), Apple and its fans may come to regret this short-term thinking in the end.” Henry Blodget, Business Insider, 15 November 2013 “Android now commands 80% of the smartphone O/S market and over 50% of the tablet O/S market. Apple, which pioneered the touch screen smartphones and tablets, finds itself increasingly becoming a niche premium player.” Sneha Shah, Seeking Alpha, 16 January 2014Steve Jobs' original iPad reveal: http://youtu.be/poaUbmdUcCY For more comical quotes, be sure to check out the ""iPad Death Watch." See also: This Little Girl Wants Her iPad Or Else, Talk All You Want About Android’s Dominance, But The Apple iPad Still Rules, and Who Owns Your iPad After You Die?