‘iPad shock’ hits Japan as Apple’s revolutionary iPad rattles tech sector

“First came ‘iPod shock,’ which knocked Japan’s favorite gadget — the Walkman from Sony, and its line of successors — off its long-held perch at the top of the tech-savvy wish list. Then came ‘iPhone shock,’ which sent Japan’s cellphone companies — long used to scoffing at the clunky offerings from their overseas peers — scrambling to develop similar smartphones,” Hiroko Tabuchi reports for The New York Times. “On Friday, ‘iPad shock’ hit Japan, threatening to bring upheaval to an ever-widening slew of industries in a nation once proud of being on the cutting edge of technology.”

“The iPad tablet computer from Apple went on sale in Japan and eight other countries — Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland — after selling more than one million units in the United States,” Tabuchi reports. “A flood of orders in Japan for the iPad caused Softbank, the exclusive phone carrier of the iPad in Japan, to stop accepting them after three days. About 1,200 people lined up for the release of the iPad at an Apple Store in central Tokyo on Friday… Similar lines were seen at Apple stores in Europe.”

“The hype around the iPad in Tokyo highlights what has become a sobering reality for a country once considered the technological trend-setter. Japan now frequently looks overseas for innovation,” Tabuchi reports. “Other industries are being shaken up by Apple’s latest export. Once solely focused on creating video games for dedicated consoles like the Wii from Nintendo and more recently for cellphones, the Japanese game developer Konami Digital Entertainment released an iPad version of its popular Metal Gear Solid Touch this year. Another game maker, Capcom, says it will reformat its BioHazard 4 for the iPad.”

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  1. Can’t help but notice the same language of none other than my post from here at MDN from a few days ago:

    First there was Sony, then there was the Walkman, then there was Apple, then there was Macintosh, then there was darkness then there was NeXT, then there was the return of Steve Jobs, then there was the return of the Mac, then there was OS X, then there was iPod, then there was iPhone, then there was iPad, now there is an unstopable Avalanche, a Revolution, now there is light.

    It’s good to know that our coments and feedback do get noticed by the sham less unqualified press…

    The IPad Avalanche cannot be stopped no matter how myth FUD anyone throws at Apple

  2. @blucaso
    The nation’s most famous speeding tickets in the last two years have all been in Prius’. That would be those of Woz and Gore’s son. . . . Have you ever driven one?

    Oh, . . . and never scoff a Cadillac.

  3. I got a speeding ticket in my Prius right after I bought it. I really didn’t notice how fast I was going because it was so quiet. Really. The cop didn’t feel any sympathy for me.

  4. “Japan now frequently looks overseas for innovation.”

    History is so quickly forgotten. Innovation in so many areas has almost always come from the US. Asian markets took it and often improved it. But their foundation was primarily the US and, on some occasions, Europe.

    Apple continues that tradition.

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