When the iPhone came out in 2009, I was a bit puzzled.
After years of watching Apple’s iOS app store shrink to an inch, it had been reduced to a thumbnail, a bit like a mobile app on a smartphone.
The iPad had been an excellent app store.
But it was a mobile store, and the iPhone had been a tablet.
I thought the iPad was a great product.
The iPhone was a fantastic product.
And the iPad, the iPhone, the iPad!
But then the iPad came, and I was left wondering, how can a tablet be so great?
I was baffled.
I was wondering, How can an app be so amazing?
And so I downloaded a second iPad, an iPad with the latest version of iOS and a touch screen.
It was like a miracle.
I could do anything with the app.
And I started writing articles in that second iPad.
The article that I wrote on the iPad is now a household word, a phrase that’s repeated ad nauseam in my own articles.
I love my second iPad so much that I bought it on the advice of my former colleague, Peter Venn, a professor at the University of Waterloo.
Venn also co-authored an academic paper that has become one of the most-read pieces in this new digital age.
But the iPad has given me new reasons to love the iPad.
It has given the iPad a new meaning for me.
It’s given me a reason to think of myself as part of a community that can be called a family.
A group of people who can create stories together, write in a shared language, and communicate in an expressive way.
When I saw the iPad’s first screen, it felt like a gift from the gods.
I saw something I couldn’t have dreamed of.
The second iPad is more than an app store for writing articles.
It also lets me make a living.
The more I use it, the more I want to be able to make a life.
This article originally appeared in The Globe and Mail.