In his conclusion, Jobs said, “It’s in Apple’s DNA that technology is not enough. That’s what separates Apple from everyone else, and the iPad epitomizes it. It’s better designed, has more developer support, and it’s cheaper. There are aspects of this that Apple’s competitors seemingly can’t copy lower prices from economies of scale, amazing battery life, UI responsiveness, build quality.”
But there are other things any competitor could copy, easily, but seemingly don’t even understand that they should, because such things aren’t technical. Take that chair. The on-stage demos of the iPad aren’t conducted at a table or a lectern. They’re conducted sitting in an armchair. That conveys something about the feel of the iPad before its screen is even turned on. Comfortable, emotional, simple, elegant. How it feels is the entirety of the iPad’s appeal.
It’s a shame, almost, that we squandered the term “personal computer” 30 years ago.
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