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Friday, 28 May 2010 14:09

The pain of pre-ordering an iPad


Yesterday, an associate of mine came running over with wonderful news: his pre-ordered iPad would be shipping early. Moments later, he returned crestfallen. Here's why.

Every workplace has its very own Apple fanboi (some workplaces are infested, but fortunately, we have just one).

Our pal Brian [not his real name] owns the obligatory Mac laptop, the iPhone and probably a slew of iPods and sundry other devices, who knows?!

Readers will not be surprised that Brian was on-line to pre-order an iPad within about 3.7 milliseconds of the site being opened for business.  And now, many days in advance of anticipated delivery he will soon be the proud owner of the very first Virtual iPad.

Allow me to explain.

Around lunch time yesterday, Brian came positively bursting out of his office to tell anyone and everyone within earshot that his pre-ordered iPad would be delivered early.

None of us could tell whether he was more gleeful, shocked, amazed, proud or all four in equal abundance.  Let's just say he was a very happy lad.

Moments later, he returned; very, very crestfallen.

He'd mis-read the email advice from the shipping company. In fact he was very soon to be the proud owner of an iPad dock.  Without an iPad!

Now I do realise that Apple prides itself on the experience, not just the product; but here poor Brian is forced to enjoy a very nebulous experience, making him probably the world's very first owner of the Virtual iPad.

Of course, in typical "poke fun at the fanboi" style, by the time Brian had returned to his desk, there was a very small email from yours truly with a simple subject line:


We also considered gluing a photo of one to the monitor on his desk!

Update: in sheer desperation and not wanting to be late to the party, Brian hot-footed it this morning to the nearest Apple reseller and bought one over-the-counter; later, a simple phone call cancelled the pre-order.

All is now right with his world!!



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David Heath

David Heath has had a long and varied career in the IT industry having worked as a Pre-sales Network Engineer (remember Novell NetWare?), General Manager of IT&T for the TV Shopping Network, as a Technical manager in the Biometrics industry, and as a Technical Trainer and Instructional Designer in the industrial control sector. In all aspects, security has been a driving focus. Throughout his career, David has sought to inform and educate people and has done that through his writings and in more formal educational environments.

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