When we popped down to Apple’s flagship Regent’s Street store for the launch of the iPad 2, there was one question we wanted to put to excited buyers in the queue – will their new iPad replace their laptop?
Apple’s has sold 15 million original iPads, and if the grins on the faces of iPad 2 launch buyers are anything to go by, the iPad 2 looks like it’ll be just as successful. But could the iPad and its tablet cousins put a nail in the coffin of traditional laptops? We put the question to iPad 2 queuers last Friday.
‘I use my laptop for pretty much everything – internet, writing, emails, skype. I hope the keypad that you can attach to the iPad will mean that I can use it in the same way.’
Fred and George, buying iPad 2s for a ‘friend of a friend’
Fred: ‘I’ve got a pretty decent laptop and I don’t really see the advantages the iPad has over that at the moment. As George said, they’re pretty cool just to have round the house, so if I had the money I’d definitely have one. But, at the moment, it’s not really essential’.
George: ‘Yeah, it’s not essential, but it’s easier than opening up the screen and turning it on and booting up your computer.’
Jewels, first in the queue
‘I used to have a laptop but my iPad has now replaced it.
‘It’s my number one gadget – and it’s like a big iPod, so I use it for the music and watch videos on it when I’m commuting to work.’
Charlotte, queuing with her Dad, Malcolm
‘I don’t think it’ll replace my laptop – I think it supplements it. It’s got smaller memory, so the laptop will be my hard drive and working computer, whereas the iPad will be what the laptop was to my desktop computer.’
Richard, computing student
‘I don’t agree with him yet – I think that when I get an iPad I’ll still want an iMac or something with a hard keyboard to go with it. But most things, like day-to-day browsing and Facebook, you can still do easily on an iPad.
‘People say they don’t really see the need for it, but I know that once I have an iPad it would make my life easier. I wouldn’t buy it for productivity; I’d buy it for enjoyment.’
So that’s what they thought – and you can listen to their vox pops above – but what about you? Do you think that the success of Apple’s iPad signals the beginning of the end for laptops?