iPad Makes Its Way to the Farthest Reaches of the Earth

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With the booming popularity of Apple's iPad, it is no surprise that the device is making its way to markets around the world, both as Apple expands its own distribution and as private citizens go to sometimes-great lengths to obtain the device in areas Apple hasn't yet reached.




iPad with anchor of the Bounty
It is in that spirit that we share the story of Andrew Randall Christian, a seventh-generation descendant of Fletcher Christian, the leader of the famed Mutiny on the Bounty. Andrew is a resident of Pitcairn Island, the final landing spot for several of the mutineers in 1790 as they attempted to find a home where they could evade detection by the British Royal Navy.

Pitcairn Island is currently home to about 60 people and is one of the most remote and inaccessible inhabited locations in the world, with its only regular physical connection to the outside world coming from a cargo and passenger ship that makes a total of eight visits per year to the island. Rare visits from cruise ships also bring occasional visitors to the island.




iPad at Pitcairn Island's signpost for off-island destinations
So color us a bit surprised when Andrew contacted us to let us know that he is now the proud owner of a 16 GB Wi-Fi iPad, the only one on Pitcairn Island. Andrew tells us that he made contact with a woman from New York who had arranged for a visit to Pitcairn Island on a cruise ship traveling from Tahiti to Easter Island and who asked if there was anything she could bring him. As an Apple fan with a 17" PowerBook and Power Mac G5 already in his possession, Andrew requested an iPad. Two months later, the visitor arrived and presented Andrew with his iPad.

As Andrew notes, he ordered a Wi-Fi-only iPad because there was little point in springing for the 3G-capable model with no cellular service of any kind on the island. Telephone and Internet service is provided via satellite, with residents paying NZ$100 (US$75) per month for up to 2 GB of Internet data at 256 kbps. Despite the infrastructure limitations, Andrew tells us that he is "blown away" by the iPad, noting the "beautiful design" and ease of use of Apple's tablet device.

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Xavier

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This is pretty neat!

I was impressed when I saw a person using an iPad in the laundromat here in muncie.
 

lbro

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Wow only 60 people living there, what would you do all day? I wonder what kind of jobs they have.
 

ppdix

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Awesome!

I guess everybody needs an iPad. But I am sure he will enjoy it more than us.
We take so many things for granted. There are 4 Apple Stores in Miami, and hundreds of local and online retailers. It's so easy to buy anything here.
These people in, well Actually, the middle of nowhere, can't pick up the phone and order anything.
I wonder who provides internet service there? That would be a looooooong fiber optic cable... Probably Satellite.
:confused:
 

angusslo

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iPad is an internet browsing device (so does apple advertise it) so I see no point in buying one if you are limited to 2GB of internet per month.

well, maybe if you're a BIG apple fan, but still...
 

ppdix

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Cellular service?

BTW, who needs cell phones in an island of only 60 people. They can just yell at each other.:p
 

goobot

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Lol. How do you find someone not related to you to go out with?

Also I can see apple making this into one of there little update stories before a keynote
 

Merthyrboy

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Lol. How do you find someone not related to you to go out with?

Also I can see apple making this into one of there little update stories before a keynote
It might not be the next one because that's reserved for Mac only
 

swingerofbirch

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Does anyone else find the story and that sign terrifying? I am one of those people who scouts out the nearest metropolitan hospital when I go on vacation; I like to feel very near to resources . . . 60 people on a deserted island I am sure sounds like heaven for laid back people, not for me.
 

Journojulz

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Dear Mr Christian
The Crown takes dim view of the treasonous crime of Mutiny or those profiteering from crime.
Please report for the tower for beheading.
Hugs
Your Maj, HRH QE(II)


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But seriously folks,
What a great weekend story.
A world of history united by tech.

If you don't think this is worth 30 seconds of your time to read - please, don't breed.
 

Les Kern

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Does anyone else find the story and that sign terrifying? I am one of those people who scouts out the nearest metropolitan hospital when I go on vacation; I like to feel very near to resources . . . 60 people on a deserted island I am sure sounds like heaven for laid back people, not for me.
agreed. my dream is to be somewhere like that, but at 54 I'd last maybe a year on Pitcairn.
 

JulianNeef

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How do they even get food there? By boat or waterplane I suppose?

This is an amazing story! And how does he even go on the internet? By sattelite?

Okay, and it is a bit creepy; living hippystyle with nothing around...
 
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