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The Oscars Featuring Steve Jobs and iPad Commercials

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The 2010 Academy Awards took place yesterday and guess who was spotted on the red carpet by Wayne Sutton? None other than ‘the man’ himself, Steve Jobs. That’s right folks, he was probably there to support Pixar with the nominations Up! received.

Also interesting to note was the first official iPad commercial debuted last night too. Featuring a dizzying array of iPad functions it surely wet the appetites of viewers for the much anticipated April 3rd launch date. I know I want one. Do I need one though? Nope. But I want one. 🙂

Here’s the commercial if you missed it (it’s also up on the Apple website):

…and here’s Steve Jobs spotted on the red carpet by Wayne Sutton and his iPhone (he was the only one yelling at Steve for his attention):

Here’s another shot from the AP:

So did your Oscar predictions come true? Christopher Waltz definitely deserved his Oscar for his performance in Inglourious Basterds.

Thanks Philippe for the email!

[9to5Mac for AP images]

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  • mark787

    I have no idea why you want one. That ad shows it doing three boring things: reading books, looking at pictures, and sending an email. It even repeats each task because it's so friggen limited that they can't make a 30 second spot showing what it does without doing the same things over and over.

    Anyway, you keep trumping this piece of junk because you have an interest in its success with the ipad website and your ad revenue from it. If it didn't have an apple logo on the back, nobody, including yourself, would care.

  • Jeez, somebody woke up on the wrong side of the bed. The iPad is not
    replacing my computer so there is no need for it to be an “all in one”
    device. It would be perfect for surfing the web and checking email without
    using my MacBook.

    Regardless of the iPad's success, either a dud or not I'd still blog about
    it. It's an interesting device created by Apple that is a new niche product
    that no other company has tried.

    Take a look at the crap out there. You're telling me you'd rather use some
    sort of Windows-based, buggy POS “tablet”? If that's the case, than by all
    means enjoy your Dell/HP/Compaq/Asus tablet coming in the near future.
    Microsoft Courier FTW–that is if it will even be released. Android tablets?
    Sure, they're coming. But the iPad is about right NOW.

    You're more than welcome to toot your horn about the iPad. If you dislike it
    so much I'm not even sure why you're reading a blog about the iPad. Feel
    free to bookmark CourierinCanada.ca as that will be coming fairly soon.
    Maybe you'll be more impressed with that startup site once it gets rolling
    along. 🙂

  • mark787

    No..see, I like the iphone. I have one, I think its useful and serves a purpose. That's why I visit this site from time to time, so thank you for all the work you do here.

    I'm simply razzing you because I've been reading this blog long enough to map your transition from a somewhat objective critic to a blatantly partisan apple fan boy. They could create the iDump and you would be singing its praises two months before anyone had even used it. Ok, I'm exaggerating. My point is, you haven't used this yet. I'm sure you will continue to say its awesome even when you get it regardless of whether or not its useful, but I think that for most other people who buy it, it'll be a novelty for a week or two, then they'll realize that its just as simply, if not more so, to use a laptop, something that can, yes, watch a flash video and do a million other things that the iPad cannot.

    And as for the OS debate, it's always an exercise in cognitive dissonance. “I use Super Awesome OS and my life is immeasurably better now..blah blah blah.” Really, from an OS? I have a mac and a PC. I like OSX, it's generally beautiful. I hated windows Vista, but I'm comfortable with Windows 7. So we're at a point where the OS is not making or breaking my computing experience. And don't pretend a Mac never crashes or causes any problems, or that its never annoying that you can't find a program that is available on PC. To do so is pretending the world is black and white. It's not.

    All I'm encouraging is that you be more objective man! You seem to do this with phone carriers and kudos on that..now just extend it to the fact that Apple is just a company. They make some nice things, and they have shortcomings as well. I would hope that you weren't so partisan to them, that should a better smartphone be developed in the future by a company other than apple, that you go out and buy it. I would argue that might already exist, but I can appreciate its a fuzzy debate.

    Again, thanks for the site and the effort, just don't love apple products because they're apple products. That's all I suggest. I believe your readers will appreciate it.

  • Appreciate the feedback. Don't get me wrong, I'm always one of the
    first to list shortcomings of Apple products. However, with the iPad
    we can't judge it until we use it and get a real sense of what the
    experience will be.

    That being said, there's nothing wrong with saying “I want one”. The
    iPad looks awesome and I'm well aware of what it can't do. What I am
    interested is in what it can do–and very well from the looks of it.

    It will make computing for technology illiterate people dead easy
    (like my parents). Surfing the net and sending emails will be
    incredibly easy for them with iPhone OS. That's why I'm excited for
    the iPad. It will open up doors for those who were hesitant to use
    computers.

    Anybody can see the iPad has shortfalls. However, noticing what it can
    excel at is the most important aspect. For those who don't like it,
    don't buy it. It's just that easy.

    Gary

  • Half_Pint

    I've only been visiting iMpartialElectronicsReviewsInCanada.ca for less than a year now, and I sort of see where you're coming from.

    You have to remember that this is the rare, glorious moment between when a new Apple product is announced, and when it fails to live up to the hype. But most of all, I think Gary and the gang are most excited about the iPad's limitless potential after it's broken out of jail. That's where the real innovation will take place.

  • Andrew

    Very well said Mark. I agree with you 100%.

  • mark787

    I agree that the jail breaking will help, but unfortunately it likely won't result in a flash plugin showing up on the device since it would have to be coded for the proprietary processor. This is seriously a make or break issue in my opinion. This device would be great to browse the web on if it could render the WHOLE web. Many people are going to get so sick of not being able to load flash elements that they'll just return to their laptops. Flash video is major. Right now, it's everywhere, like it or not.

  • mark787

    I agree that the jail breaking will help, but unfortunately it likely won't result in a flash plugin showing up on the device since it would have to be coded for the proprietary processor. This is seriously a make or break issue in my opinion. This device would be great to browse the web on if it could render the WHOLE web. Many people are going to get so sick of not being able to load flash elements that they'll just return to their laptops. Flash video is major. Right now, it's everywhere, like it or not.

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