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Woz: iPad is for normal people, not engineers

In keynote session at Storage Networking World, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak reportedly explains his belief that tablets aren't for engineers, but for real, normal, ordinary people.

Do you think you're normal? You know, vaguely normal--somewhat not entirely composed of wiring from another world.

Well, then an iPad is for you.

This is not merely my ultra-scientific research. This is the opinion of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Computerworld reports that in a keynote session at Storage Networking World in Santa Clara, Calif., Woz explained that Steve Jobs had always wanted to create a computer that everyone in the world would find simple and magical to use.

"It was just hard to get there," Wozniak said, according to Computerworld. "Because we had to go through a lot of steps where you connected to things, and (eventually) computers grew up to where they could do...normal consumer appliance things."

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So for all the engineers who debate as to whether the iPad is wonderful or merely a barely computable frippery, he explained: "The tablet is not necessarily for the people in this room. It's for the normal people in the world."

Of course, there are many engineers who, in the privacy of their lives, are staggeringly normal. They enjoy their iPads just like their equally normal neighbors. However, will these normal people ever warm in vast numbers to Android products?

Wozniak, sorely missed on this season's "Dancing With The Stars," offered this interesting and Apple-loyal wish: "On the subject of tablets, I read today that Android tablets are expected to surpass iPads, and I hope that never happens."

Many believe that Android's sheer numbers will inevitably overtake Apple's iPad. However, the Android attempts in the tablet world seem so far to have been met with indifference--by normal people.

It almost seems as if the iPad's success has taken competitors by surprise, so that any new tablet that has emerged has resembled a rather imperfect (and, perhaps, hurried) rendering of the iPad.

In the "normal people" space, customers will surely have to feel they are being offered something either significantly more inspiring--or significantly cheaper--to seriously consider Android products.

How soon might that happen? Perhaps not as soon as some think (or fear).