I've never really been one for unboxing (or early adoption), but if there's any moment to savor the arrival of a long awaited technology product, this would be it. As a web editor, I spend roughly 20 hours a week hunched over a keyboard I'm not using to read online content, and the day that I can bring an article over to the couch and hold it in my hand could not have come sooner.
My iPad arrived via UPS just an hour ago; I greeted the driver WAY over enthusiastically, signed for my box, set it on the kitchen table and wrung my hands for 5 minutes before I decided that, yes, I would document this (in spite of the wonderfully cheeky iPeep Unboxing that precedes).
So here goes, the story in pictures:
It arrived in a generic enough box, and, though Apple attempted discretion ("Return to: AI"), it's not too difficult to guess what's inside—I imagine that the UPS truck was stuffed full of these little boxes, all the same.
The package is a simulacra of its contents. At this point I was so excited that I had to stop for a minute (dork).
Obligatory shot of the back of the box—yes, I bought the absolute minimum wireless 16GB version, with no accessories.
The package wasn't lying—the iPad is exactly the same size, perfectly fit.
Albeit much thinner.
The manual and accessories are straightforward and minimal.
And of course include the obligatory apple stickers (to be added to the unused pile in my desk drawer).
Empty box: notice the small detail to make room for the power switch.
Couldn't resist these shots of the dock, power switch, and display lock.
The iPad, of course, comes charged—the trusty Apple logo is the first thing that appears when I power up.
And then....it tells me to connect to iTunes. Oh well, I can already tell the display is unbelievable—bright and flat even in daylight.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go see what this thing can do. Maybe I'll look up some words or see if I can get Nintendo to work or something....
Lisa is dedicated to promoting the American contemporary design scene. She keeps herself busy as the co-founder of the Object Design League, an association of independent designers in Chicago, and design practice Smith&Linder, both co-founded with Caroline Linder. She also teaches foundation research studios at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.