To bag yourself an iPad on its day of release, you either have to have planned ahead or know the best place to shop. I didn't and don't. Unless you've been trekking through the high-desert Pamir Mountains in southeast Tajikistan, you knew that Saturday was the day that Apple's long awaited "magical and revolutionary" iPad went …
what a sad day, what a bunch of fools!!!!!
It's exactly these kind of people who would applause the opening of an envelope.
...till it was flown in from America to China, exchanged for an Apple notebook and put in the display of a friend of mine who handles in ipods, ipads and whatnots.
I figure $350 would be a nice price for this little gadget. Jealous? You should be.
Actually, I have been spending my time working and in classes, not out hiking, and I was not aware that today was iDay.
Frankly, did not care, either. Not that I hold any disdain for those who wish to wait in long lines for some new piece of hot kit. No, just not my cup-o-tea. Mind, I do not particularly care for on-holiday shopping either, like Black Friday and such. Although, if I decide I do want something -- like a SATA LightScribe DVD-RW for under $40 -- I know where the hidden registers are, so I am in and out of Worst Buy. (Interesting, another blue-shirt store.)
In any case, I am neither allured by, nor have any allusions to the effect of, the iPad. Other than so long as it is the Hottest Thing Out There(tm) and will not support Flash, perhaps we will start to see fewer and fewer shitty Flash-only or heavily-laden websites.
Paris, in and out on Black Friday.
I fully expected my commentard subscription money to go towards the magnificent Miss Bee's compensation package, not your Jobsian magical mystery tour shenanigans. Coat please.
Also, my local Best Buy had a pile of 20-30 iPads sitting behind the counter. When they asked if I wanted one... eh. No thanks. Nice lady didn't look surprised at all. Magical indeed.
The wife & I headed for D&S Produce (ds-produce.com) and picked up two dozen heirloom tomato plants so we can start our garden in a couple weeks ... If we decide we need an iPad (or other "look at me" bra/penis-enhancer/substitute), we'll get one on the used market for pennies on the dollar in a month or so, roughly when our tomatoes are starting to flower ...
Watching the local news (KTVU), it's nice to see Steve's still wandering around in downtown Palo Alto, though ... He's not as much of an ass in RealLife[tm] as his reality distortion field would have you believe from Apple's advertising ... Sometimes I wonder why he allows his marketing department to depict him in the way that they do. Sad, really.
This *isn't* the top story on the Beeb!
Oh, no, wait, there it is, every other link in the technology section. Including the usual "Apple are changing everything wowzors!" stories. Morons.
I love how *any* post on an Apple related story that could be regarded as anti-Cupertino receives an inordinate number of downvotes. You lot are worse than the Scientologists.
(That last bit will probably get me modded.)
It's 11 upvotes to 4 downvotes. Could be a perception issue at your end?
I love it, iPad buyer owns Mini... Speaks volumes.
Well yeah, I wouldn't have gone and queued up, but at least they're having a laugh, getting out the house and doing something. As opposed to sitting on their fat arses all day putting the world to rights on internet forums.
"sitting on their fat arses all day putting the world to rights on internet forums"
That's a description of what you're doing, surely? (as am I)
No fat arses here but I found myself upnoting you...
At least with the iPad I could read your posts in full daylight glory or on a trip to the beach..
Cheers, it's Pub-day today!!
But of course of my friend, and I would never deny it. However, unlike 95% of the commentators on this site, I am self aware, which makes it ok when I do it.
Plus, I'm always right.
"Plus, I'm always right.".
I couldn't trouble you for a guess at the Lottery numbers for this Saturday, could I? Or even the Euro Millions ones.
Thanks in advance...
Surely these devices can be purchased online without the need for going 'outside' and interacting with other 'people' to create flimsy pretexts for Apple-related stories?
That's what I gather. They made sure the press saw it.
Old nightclub trick. Slow 'em riiiight down, so everyone thinks there must be summat good inside, more people join the queue for a decent 'tsunami' effect, then finally a gorilla (bald head, shades, natch) lets you in and - a few quid down - you're faced with about 150 other suckers, a toilet that's flooding from last night, and a jukebox.
Shit, this ploy is international.
(Saw a similar effect in Moscow once, 25 years ago. My ex and I went to Moscow in February for a holiday...(Yeah, I know). Stood looking into the - then- 'Harrods-of-Red-Square' - GUM's camera shop window, amazed there was fuc*k-all there. Turned round to find a queue behind us!).
Did you also notice a distinct lack of any women in the queues?
This is so when the fanbois next meet up at WWDC or a Trek Con, they can one up the others telling war stories of how they waited overnight to get their iPad, and it was horrifying the deprivations they went through - no more Red Bull?!?!?!, AT&T 3G clogged with the hundreds of fanbois tweeting about waiting on line, etc.
Isn't this straight out of the Harry Potter marketing playbook? What next "hijacked" shipments of ipads and mistaken releases ahead of schedule..
I know you can't polish one, so I suppose you have to roll it in glitter...
Just go to Shropshire.
(Methinks - any iPADS there I can get the cows to 'leave their Greenhouse-gas-unfriendly 'mark' on?)
Oh, 'pads'. Pats. My bad. Got it, already.
* Did find it a bit too fanboi when I read, in that distinguished rag - sharing the same stable as it does with the Thunderer - that "The two copies found without the distinctive covers which have already been previewed for the public were stuck together"
Is JKR soo attractive??
Simple, why doesn't Apple produce an app for the iPhone so you can see where has stock and where doesn't.
It must be in their interests to sell every iPad possible.
Can I have my five minutes back please?
till hell freezes over before i part wit h my cash.
the same old "I'm not interested.. in fact so interested I read the article, got angry about it and then spent my time logging and composing a posting telling you how much I didn't care".
Have to say I had a similar experience when I bought my iphone, huge queue at O2 store, wandered to the other end of the shopping centre to Carphonewarehouse, only 2 people. If you're that bothered then being bothered enough to go round the stores makes sense.
So what on Earth does the Register want an iPad for?
It's just a big iPhone surely they've been shouting at us for the last few months. ;-)
>So what on Earth does the Register want an iPad for?
El Reg being a UK puiblication probably ends its fiscal year on 31st March, the author being based in SF maybe forgot this and realised he hadn't used up his budget. Suddenly realising the folly of this, ie, if you don't use your budget it gets cut, ran out as soon as possible to spend what was left of his budget and doctor the receipt to show a pre-April date in the hope that the bean counters don't notice.
It has so many uses: urinal cake, toilet freshener... okay I guess that's just 2 uses.
"When you're alone and life is making you lonely, You can always go - downtown"
You see the whole point of going downtown is to be with people, queuing up would seem to accomplish that. Personally, I don't see how standing about among a bunch of people you don't know with the ultimate goal of buying a whatsit thistime magically makes loneliness go away especially when it's a device to assist in melting away the rest of reality, but there you go. On the other hand if you're an impatient antisocial freak trying to avoid the throng you can hit the mall and be fishing by noon... who knew.
Oh the clouds are clearing, time to get my antisocial freak on and drown some worms. Ta.
That genuine human beings are behaving in this way?
What are they sneaking into the water supply in Amercia? Seriously? What?
They brew some good beers in Burton on Trent so I suppose that could account for the sudden demand for iPads in Mercia although I thought it hadn't been released here yet?
In the Post Office, in the supermarket, they queue up for concert tickets, nightclubs, pubs.
They queued up for the Wii and for the Xbox 360.
Usually it's because there's something they want (or need) that they either cannot or do not want to wait for.
Sony would have loved for them to do it for the PS3. Microsoft tried to engineer it with Windows 95 and again with Windows 7 - unfortunately for them people stayed away in droves.
Yes, you can often obtain these items by going elsewhere or waiting for the queues to die down, but you risk missing the concert or waiting for months for something to come back into stock.
I suspect you to be an alien who does not understand our society. Come on, own up.
You poor terrified Apple-haters!
You crack me up!
LOOK at you all!
The beauty is that there is NOTHING you can do to stop the iPad coming to dominate mobile computing!
I am going to enjoy every whiney whingey little squirm you short-sighted numpties are going to make until you give up, deny anything you ever posted ANTI-iPad and buy one yourself.
LOOK at yourselves - hilarious!
I'll buy a pad one day - but it will have Android on and, like the phones, will be dominating Apple in a very short space of time.
Would never waste my money on another Apple product.
"The beauty is that there is NOTHING you can do to stop the iPad coming to dominate mobile computing!"
You've massively underestimated the sheer terror, courage and (bugle-blowing) power of the Salvation Army (shops). MWAHAHAHAHA!!!!
iPad? I bet you'll see one or two in them next week...
(Quote) Emma Chizzit: "Oh, here's a shilling. What does it actually DO?"
What a nice documentary on the behavior of the Apple fanboi in the wild, thanks for that. Got to see any of their matting rituals, too? Oh, wait...
Oh yes. Our "matting" rituals are fascinating. We really cut a rug.
........their obsession leaves time for sex?
I'm near bald. Not funny. Hate that bit at the hairdressers when they wave a hand-held mirror to see if I like it*, and I can't tell the difference between the mirror or my bonce.
OK, yes it was. Funny.
Once a mate of mine had to share an hotel room with a bloke who sported a 'syrup'** . Goddammit, after washing it, he hung it on the end of the bed to dry........
Now, ain't that taking the biscuit..
* Try "Nah. Put it back". See what they say...
** For our more westerly cousins who've only been freed from the slavery of tea-drinking since 1776, 'Syrup' == 'Syrup of Fig' == 'wig'
"The beauty is that there is NOTHING you can do to stop the iPad coming to dominate mobile computing!"
mmm, yeah. Just like everyone's got an ipod, an iphone and a mac?? Be realistic, AC - Apple kit is aspirational and pricey, it's never going to dominate the market.
...even builders and scaffolders have iPhones. And I don't think I've even seen another MP3 player apart from iPods.
I think the iPad will be a huge success - it's ideal for non-techies who want the interweb - but can't be bothered with a normal PC/laptop - and that includes Macs.
And BTW - I don't own anything made by Apple - just thought I'd point out that your statement doesn't ring true.
Anyway - time will tell.
it does seem every other person has an iPhone and an iPod, at least it seems so on the train I catch every day to work. Seems to be a fair number of Macbooks too, come to that...
For the record the train is Derby to Chesterfield and back again, every day.
seriously what is special about the ipad just for the fact its a bigger screen than the iphone except it isnt a phone haha seriously apple fans are so sad waiting in ques theyll get it then start moaning afterwards that its rubbish haha fact sad people in this world i mean really
there is a funny post on the iPad mania in an austrain newspaper: http://derstandard.at/1269448624253/Geek-Chic-Killer-App-fuer-das-iPad-Ein-Star-Trek-Logbuch?_seite=3&sap=2#forumstart
the english translation can be found here: http://www.ikangai.com/blog/uncategorized/the-ipad-a-tool-for-the-mating-season
I'm curious as to why you chose the downtown store to go to first, given the third one you went to was actually closer to your starting point?
... on The El Reg bill. Apparently, if you'll excuse the expression, there's an App for that. Offering Journalists a Buffet an and Open Bar is so 2007.
I think the whole "frenzy" over the iPad is to have something to make a frenzy about, in other words, the iPad itself is incidental. You'd think we'd get to the unboxing or actually using the thing, but nope, a sojourn about going store to store to get one, and there weren't that many people vying in the first place. And I guarantee by next week anyone who wants one will be able to get it. I seriously don't understand the fascination with Apple's things, no one I know personally cares or is even interested in the iPad, yet even the mainstream media has been fanning the hype for what little results they could get.
You sad feckers