Yup, that’s a new one even for Apple.
With success, comes detractors. The iPad, which has sold more than 15 million units so far, is no doubt a tremendous success. While it continues to garner accolades of single-handedly revolutionizing the tablet-PC category, it has also been on the receiving end of countless criticisms over its two year life-span. But today’s salvo, fired by a US Representative, is strangely an odd one, even for Apple, and to some extent it doesn’t make a lot of sense either.
According to Real Clear Politics (oxymoron?), an Illinois Representative named Jesse Jackson Junior is blaming Apple for “eliminating thousands of American jobs”. During a speech on the House Floor on Friday, Jackson Jr. said: “Why do you need to go to Borders anymore? Why do you need to go to Barnes & Noble? Buy an iPad and download your newspaper, download your book, download your magazine.”
The odd thing about Jackson’s statement is that he owns an iPad himself and was seen promoting it only last month, praising for “revolutionizing the country” and how it could “fundamentally alter how we will educate our children”, and then suggesting that there should be an “iPad for every student in the nation.”
Also, why is he chalking out the iPad alone? From his example, other e-Book readers such as Amazon Kindle should also be equally responsible considering they are directly targeting that specific audience with a much lower price point than an iPad.