I admit to waiting breathlessly for the announcement of this game-changing device. I will also admit to checking my favorite news sites every 2-3 minutes throughout Steve Jobs’ announcement as each nugget of inspired product vision was doled out to the audience. I’ll even admit that I plan on buying an iPad as soon as I can get my hands on one. But, I don’t think the iPad will be enshrined in history like the iPod and the iPhone already are.
It was inevitable that Pixar would ultimately make Ratatouille; and it was inevitable that Apple would eventually make an iPad. History will most certainly show that Ratatouille and the iPad were financially successful—they may even be considered hits. But they both will always live in the shadow of their even greater predecessors. I enjoyed Ratatouille, but Toy Story and Finding Nemo changed everything.