My first experience with Apple was in 1981 when I was in the 9th grade; our school had a computer lab with a full fleet of Apple II computers that took commands from cassette tapes. I did not find them the least bit interesting as the process was very slow... My TI35 did all my math work much faster. Fast forward to last month when my parents camed to visit last month armed with iPhones and iPads. I found this surprising since my recently retired father's career involved mainframe computer programming for Locheed, United Airlines, Boeing and Covea. I asked him about their decision to go full on Apple and was surprised - he chose the iPad because he has never has any use for a personal computer. He is no longer creating or analyzing things, he is only in acquiring information in the easiest possible way. So this last weekend I bought my fist Apple product - the basic edition iPad with WiFi and AT&T should I choose to use it. I like it because it's small and ridiculously to use. I don't feel cool enough to pimp the white so I got a black one. It's the only decision I've had to make. Dumbing down is good.