The Apple iPad arrives, right on time.
At 11:14 this morning [Saturday, April 3, 2010], our Apple iPad was delivered to our office door.
This is the first piece of hardware that I can recall ever pre-ordering, and I actually placed the order within the first minute that it was possible. Since the iPad was announced, I have read lots of skepticism about its value and usefulness, and I am resistant to hype. (In fact, I often avoid things that are probably quite good simply because of the hype attached; for example, I have thus far refused to see Avatar.) With the iPad, though, I could immediately comprehend its potential, especially for games and particularly for the kind of games that I enjoy creating and playing.
While awaiting a delivery, whether it be books, music, or hardware, I tend to almost obsessively check the package tracking. In the case of this highly anticipated product release (witness the latest episode of Modern Family), I was apparently not alone. Despite several different rumors to explain the odd tracking data from UPS, many of which ended with a conclusion about shipments being delayed, the actual explanation is likely to be much simpler. My guess: Because there were 200,000 units being shipped from China, they were originally packaged in huge lots destined for each distribution point (in our case, Louisville, Kentucky) and not scanned individually until they arrived there. (I seriously doubt my iPad flew nonstop from Guangzhou to the Bluegrass State.)
Interestingly, I happened to be awake at around 5:33am, having just watched an exciting (and wet) Formula One qualifying session live from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The wind was apparently coming from the right direction, and I heard the airplane carrying my shipment fly almost directly overhead. The “arrival scan” was 22 minutes later, though it actually took two more trucks, and a couple more scans, before it arrived here. (The iPad Dock is still in transit, via a different carrier with distribution in a different, albeit neighboring, state.)
Anyway, there will certainly be a proper review in the future, but right now I feel that it is time to get started playing around with our latest software platform.
The most surprising aspect so far was that Apple had UPS require identification in order to receive delivery of the iPad package. The only “problem” so far is that I did not get to use my alternative title, “iSad” (had it not arrived).