Star Trek-iPad Debate Revisited

In October of 2011, I wrote a post about a scene in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation that really freaked me out.

There, right before my eyes, was Commander William Riker, sitting alone at a table in Ten Forward, the Starship Enterprise bar and lounge, he’s sipping on a shot of the hard stuff, and he’s staring down at a tiny device on the table, poking at it with his finger, reading and stroking his beard.

It freaked me out, because that’s what I look like every single day at lunch in the dining hall on the campus where I work, using an iPhone 4 that came out in June 2010, while that episode of Star Trek was broadcast 22 years earlier.

Anyway, as I mentioned in my original post on this subject, all you have to do is Google “Star Trek + Apple” to see that, for years, there’s been extensive discussion on the similarities between Star Trek props and Apple iPhones and iPads, and today I’ve come across a new addition in The Atlantic.

The article makes the case that a Star Trek device called simply PADD actually proves that a device larger than the iPhone but smaller than the iPad is really the ideal size for a tablet, the latest in a growing number of arguments that Apple really should release a 7-inch iPad Mini.

Personally, I don’t own an iPad and a tablet hasn’t really appealed to me, because I have my iPhone, which is awesome for doing everything I need/want to do in terms of mobile communication and entertainment.

So, I don’t have a horse in this race.

I would just like to take this opportunity, as I did in October 2011, to remind all of these folks making the Apple-StarTrek comparisons, that the very first iPad was actually envisioned 20 years before Star Trek, by Stanley Kubrick in his 1969 classic 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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