Since the word “iPad” entered the collective consciousness back in January, there has been plenty of punditry about what Apple’s new device means for the future of technology, media and life as we know it. On Saturday, people will finally be able to start making up their own minds about it. The iPad went on sale this morning at Apple and Best Buy stores around the country. Check back here for updates from Times reporters and from the Web at large. Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments, especially if you are diving into the frenzy yourself.
11:15 a.m. |Don’t Try This at Home
The people at iFixit, a gadget repair site, are tearing apart their new toy to see what’s inside and who made which bits. Sample quote: “That’s a hulk of a battery.”
10:17 a.m. |Unboxing Time
For the uninitiated, an “unboxing” video documents the act of unboxing a new gadget, for the benefit of those who fetishize gadgets and their packaging. A wave of iPad unboxing videos is hitting YouTube, including one from a new iPad owner who shot it in his car.
10:16 a.m. |Reader Reactions
These big Apple days always get people fired up. The battle lines are forming in the comments below.
“Apple is the new Enron in my book — a cultlike following around an empty promise. Sure they have good design, but the rabid consumerism these products represent is frightening.” — Serafina, Massachusetts
“The desire to embrace new technology is characteristic of the west and in particular, the U.S. This is a technology that will generate more reading and in the end, cut the cost of college textbooks. Good for Apple!” — David MacDonald, Aiken, S.C.