PC World’s Gruman: iPad pre-orders are for idiots only

Apple Online Store“Friday morning, the fool’s parade started. Apple is taking online ‘pre-orders’ for its iPad tablet, which is supposed to begin shipping on April 3. Buying a new kind of product sight unseen is foolish,” Galen Gruman writes for PCWorld. “Especially given how mysterious Apple has been on what the iPad can do and what restrictions on capabilities and media access it will place on users and content providers.”

“Why blow $500 to $830 on a device that may not be what you expect? Just wait a mere three weeks to see for sure what it actually does and what surprises, good and bad, Apple has packed into the iPad,” Gruman writes.

MacDailyNews Take: Because demand may well outstrip supply and some of us have years of experience buying and being delighted by Apple products.

Gruman continues, “We’ve all seen promising product demonstrations that resulted in major letdown when we finally got a hold of the real thing. Why take that chance? …Maybe I’m wrong — maybe the iPad will be the full ‘magic’ that Steve Jobs promises. Wonderful! If that’s the case, buy one when you know it really is magic — after people not employed by Apple have had a chance to really use it and put it through its paces. Until then, why send Apple your money until you know for sure? Doing so would be, well, foolish.”

MacDailyNews Take: See previous Take and the related articles below that detail hands-on iPad use.

Gruman continues, “It looked like a few people were willing to go online first thing in the morning to order their iPads sight unseen… But only a few. Maybe the infamous Jobs reality distortion field does have limits after all.”

MacDailyNews Take: Yeah, stratospheric limits:
• 120,000 iPads pre-ordered on first day? – March 13, 2010
25,000 Apple iPad pre-orders per hour? – March 12, 2010

Gruman continues, “A fool and his money are soon parted, the saying goes.”

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MacDailyNews Take: We remain quite happy to have helped lead the parade as some of the very first fools to pre-order our iPads yesterday morning. We understand Gruman’s fears (he doesn’t sound too experienced with Apple products, so he’s likely been harshly disappointed many, many, many times in the past by PC box assemblers, Microsoft, and the like) and we therefore forgive him for his criticisms, condemnations, and complaints. Hopefully, Galen will be able to get his iPad when he’s thoroughly assured himself that it’s the right move for him.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “justme2” and “Carl H.” for the heads up.]


  1. Living in Canada, I thought I would have a friend in Florida order one for me. I would get it at the beginning of April. Otherwise, I have to wait until the end of April for mine. Boo! Let Gruman wait if he wants. I know what Apple can do.

  2. What a dolt. Preordered yesterday and I am quite familiar with what I will be getting, and I’m not even a tech analyst like this moron. He’s the idiot if he doesn’t know enough about what apple is selling and in the industry that he is in. Give him his walkin’ papers PC World!

  3. I wonder what the letdown device was that bummed Gruman out so much?

    Those on the other side simplistically call the iPad a bigger iPod Touch… If that be true and judging from the success and SATISFACTION of the iPod Touch, iPad users who buy ‘sight unseen’ should have no reservations about their purchase!

  4. Well since it’s just “a giant iPod touch,” I already know what I’m getting… LOL ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  5. I am waiting for the 3G iPad. I may have to also wait for a data plan from one of Canada’s three 3G cell providers.

    Stand alone data plans are nonexistent in Canada.

  6. This article also appears on infoworld with a toned-down title, “Only a fool would pre-order an iPad”. I guess PC world wanted more hits so they used a the more outrageous title.

  7. I bought my appletv sight unseen. Same with my iPhone. Oh and my iMac. I never even seen or touched one before I foolishly bought one. I’m such a fool, a fool in love. Nothing apple related has failed me, I don’t regret any of those purchases. Not like my pc days where all the research in the world couldn’t of prepared me for all the let-downs to follow. This guy is talking out of his ass.

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