The iPad’s Hidden Feature


Recently I purchased an iPad.  At first the thing seemed like an oversized iPhone but the more I use it, the more I realize its potential.  The original reason for buying it?  Well, I would like to think it’s because of an iPhone application I am developing at the moment.  However, the truth is, I don’t need the iPad to develop the application; I just really like electronic stuff.

This thing is fantastic and has some amazing features, however, today during a train ride I realized a hidden feature of the iPad that far surpasses anything the iTunes store has to offer… social interaction.  Let me explain.  Shortly after the ticketing man clicked my pass he returned to sit in the seat across the aisle from me.  Then came the small talk.   He was simply curious about the iPad.  Although I really wanted to read my book (which happens to be Gray Cook at the moment), I took the time to show him how cool the device is.  He was appreciative. *side note, 20 year olds don’t know that the original apple symbol was a rainbow color (which makes me feel older than I am).


On my way back home, again on the train, another ticketing man began to speak with me regarding the device.  Instead of cutting the conversation short, I showed him a few features of the device, shut the device off, and proceeded to converse with him.  From this I earned a new client.

This train ride and communication taught me two things:

1.  Steve Jobs is truly a genius.
2.  Use curiosity to spark change, it may just lead to a new client.

Small talk can be bland.  All of us feel like that at some time or another, but never underestimate the power of it.  If you are positive (and I don’t mean that stupid, prozac type happy) you may just influence a person in a positive manner.   Who knows, that person may just become your next customer or change their career to something they truly enjoy.

P.S. It was nice to meet you Bernard.

iPad Applications That Are a Must:

1. iPages
2.iNumbers
3. iThoughts HD

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About doctoranthony
As a spinal rehabilitation specialist with over 7 years clinical experience in the areas of - Spinal Manipulative Therapy, Active & Passive Spinal Rehabilitation, Functional Movement and Orthopedic Assessment, Strength and Conditioning Coaching, Fitness Programming, Business Development, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Consultancy - you can feel safe knowing that I understand the worry and concern surrounding spinal pain. This is why self-efficacy lies at the heart of my practice. For more info: nz.linkedin.com/in/anthonyclose

2 Responses to The iPad’s Hidden Feature

  1. Garry says:

    Haha, awesome story. That’s the true power of the iPad. I love zinio and reading magazines on the device.

  2. Ben says:

    Great read doc. I have noticed the same thing with the ipad… every one is curious. What a great opportunity! Who said electronics cause anti social behavior? 🙂

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