This morning, January 2, 2012: I am typing this post into a web form using a single-slate device with no physical keyboard. No wires. No big box under the desk. Not even a thin laptop on the couch. I’m just pecking away at this on-screen keyboard that seems to help me think as it slows me down but is intuitive enough to keep me going at a steady pace.
At the kitchen table this morning, I am not doing anything especially different than I did last year. Only that there isn’t a computer on the house that I use primarily.
I remember writing a couple of years ago about how far we’d come when I was totally wireless in the house without a desktop computer (or a desk at all for that matter). Now I don’t even have a computer in the general sense of the word. I just use this tablet to research, surf the web, watch instructional and entertainment videos (Netflix is too easy to use), and play games with the kids.
Sure, we have a laptop and a stationary computer still, but those are only used when someone else is using the iPad. I’m going to guess that if my family had two more iPads we would only need the iMac to print photos and create content for my business. All that I do on a daily basis I can do with iPad. Everything else can wait until I get back to the family machine in the corner.
Today the price for the 64GB iPad 2 is $699. Until that becomes more affordable to me or the price comes down considerably, I’ll just have to duke it out with the kids. Happy new year!