Two years ago, we didn’t know where the iPad fit in. It was a $500 luxury item that went somewhere between a smartphone and a laptop. But now, people are using iPads as their main computers. As a $500 computer replacement the iPad seems sensible, not extravagant.
Even before I owned an iPad I could see the potential for it to replace a computer for most people. It’s not quite there for me, and some of the stuff it can do is not very convenient, but it’s much closer than I ever thought it would be. I think we are two years away from this replacing most people’s computers.