The Apple iHad hasn't even reached the marketplace yet and analysts are already saying that it could be the Cupertino company's biggest hit yet. "It's certainly right for the times," commented tech blogger Luna Moon Spumacher, who added, "And at just $35.99, I think they'll sell millions of them."
The iHad, a 8.5? X 14? non-powered tablet, features a ruled writing display surface made of a patented high-tech cellulose pulp material, which some other manufacturers market as "paper." Unlike other, more expensive devices, the iHad is very lightweight at just three ounces, and books, magazines and newspapers can easily be read simply by placing them on top of the iHad's non-touch screen surface.
While there have been some complaints about the iHad not being equipped with a web browser, cameras, PDF reader or wireless capability, Apple says those features are available on their other products. "It's incredible. It took me just a few minutes to list all the stuff I don't have and can't afford anymore," said Apple store customer Cinnamon Poskey, wiping a tear from her eye. "Those Apple guys are brilliant."