Earlier this year Apple computers announced that they would be releasing a new touch screen notebook computer called the ipad. Actually the iPad falls into the new category called “slate computers”. A slate computer is different than a touch screen laptop or a tablet computer in that there is no keyboard and very few buttons to interact with the computer.
The device is designed to be 100% touch screen controlled. There was a lot of hype surrounding the announcement of the iPad and many people were quick to chime in on what they thought of the new product. Most of these people had never even laid hands on it and we’re already telling the world whether or not they thought it was going to be any good. A few select people got the chance to try out the iPad and most of them who did were very pleased with the way it functioned.
The iPad is different than a touch screen computer in that you completely interact with it via touch. There is now keyboard. It is the first computer in its class to have users 100% relying on the touch screen to interface with the computer. Many people didn’t think that it would take off like it did but in the first 30 days of the iPad being on the market, over two million units had sold. At no point in time had an electronic device ever sold so many units so quickly.
The number of units sold is surprising because the price tag was not cheap. The base model that has 16 GB of storage sold four right around $500. The most expensive iPad is the 64 GB iPad with Wi-Fi and 3G capability. This unit sells for about $899. With the price tags set so high on these new slate computers, it really is quite surprising that so many units have already sold. In the computer market, price point has been an important consideration for many computer buyers and consequently computer manufacturers have been producing computers at rock bottom prices.
The fact that consumers are willing to spend top dollar for this new device proves that people really are embracing touch screen technology on their computing devices.