A couple of weeks ago I was lazing around at the Ha’atafu Beach Resort in Tonga, with around 15 other guests, mostly Kiwis. What shocked me was the sheer quantity of iPads (in particular), iPhones, laptops (Mac and Windows), Android phones and Kindles in evidence.
After all, this was a simple surf resort that a random bunch of primarily non-techy people had chosen to stay at, not an Internet-related conference.
Yet there the guests all were, iPads in hand, reading, checking emails occasionally and taking, looking at and swapping photos.
The hit of the day was when I explained to a few of them How to stop your iPad screen from flipping while you read.
That was really when it struck me just how successful the iPhone and iPad have become, not just with techies, but with ordinary people (who can afford a Pacific Island holiday).
That’s borne out, in a way, by this 3 News story about New Zealand’s Governor-General and his iPad:
The Queen uses a sword, but Governor-General Sir Jerry Mataparae carries something more modern — an iPad.
…Sir Jerry says he prefers to use his iPad over paper when he’s giving speeches because it’s more convenient, and less likely to flutter in the breeze.
I’m renowned for getting pages mixed up, and then you have to start making it up,he says.
On my return a longstanding client called me up for help with an email problem. Since I last saw her and her Mac she’s acquired an iPhone and iPad too. She’s been retired for a while now, and this year turned 70.
Interesting, how quickly the world changes, eh?