Yes, we all know I'm not an Apple guy. If Apple can manage to market and sell something that has been tried more than once, good for them, but let's consider that they have something of a rabidly built-in audience. Of course, i also feel like we're slowly but surely dumbing down the population, so something like this is probably just what a lot of them want: simple and is only really serviced and handled by one group, thus not a lot to learn.
Cory's bent doesn't take into account the fact that most people don't want to think or modify or play, they want to be marshmallow fluff as much of the time as possible. This explains why huge-budget, CGI-filled movie remakes still get people to pay exorbitant amounts of money to see, why 400 channels of TV is still not enough for some folks, and why reading is becoming less popular. With that in mind, the iPad is just right.