SAN FRANCISCO (TheStreet) -- The Apple iPad generated a lot of hype with its unveiling today and TheStreet contributor Jason Schwarz offered the following blow-by-blow commentary directly from the unveiling event (presented in chronological order).
The lights just went down...It's exciting to be here in San Francisco at the live Apple event. The only thing I can compare it to is to a big game. I was at the 1988 World Series game when Gibson hit the game winning homerun, I was at the Yankees v. Red Sox game when Jeter made 'the catch', and I was at the last Celtics v. Lakers game in the old Boston Garden when Van Exel hit the game winning three. This Apple event has the same kind of vibe. ITunes, Google maps, YouTube, TV shows, and movies. Time for Steve to show us the iPad. It is so much more intimate than a laptop and more capable than a smartphone. Steve is now demoing the Web browser at NY Times.... 50 million visitors to Apple stores last quarter, showing the new stores... Apple actually invented laptops with the PowerBooks. Apple reinvented the phone with the iPhone. Everybody uses these mobile devices. Is there room for a product in between? This new device needs to be better at browsing the Web. Better at email. Better with photos, video, music, games, and eBooks... Also includes built in slideshows. He is showing off the oragami slideshow that can mix 3 or 4 photos at a time. This is taking a capability that was previously reserved for the desktop and has turned it mobile. The iPad is very thin. Can be personalized. What this device does is extraordinary. The Web browsing is phenomenal. Can be manipulated with fingers. Can turn it anyway you want and it adjusts. You hold the Internet in your hands... He is showing off the email functionality. The way your fingers type looks the same as if you were using a netbook... Phenomenal for mail. Digital keyboard is a dream to type on. Wonderful way to share photos with friends and family. The iPad does look just like an oversized iPod Touch... Interesting that Steve is highlighting the Google maps and Google street views. Google still has a spot in AppleWorld! Now he is flicking through photos that can be imported from any PC or Mac. The user interface for the photos is intuitive; can separate them by events, albums, faces, or places. Now we are seeing the music demo. The calendars demo. And the maps demo. Nothing new here...
|Steve Jobs unveils the new Apple iPad|