How Up to Date Is “Goodnight iPad”?

My son loves (LOVES) the book “Goodnight iPad“. I’ve read it so many times I have it memorized, so I usually “read” it to him once it is lights-out. Half the time he’s asleep before I finish. Last night I realized some of the book’s technology references are already outdated, and it’s only four years old!

How Up to Date is "Goodnight iPad"?

The book lists a lot of gadgetry around the room: an iPad, a computer playing “Doom”, a screen saver of Angry Birds, NOOKs, an LCD HDTV, a Blackberry with a singing ringtone, texts, Facebook, Twitter, Macbook Air, and of course plugs and chargers. However, how many of these would you actually find in a room these days?

iPad: Yup, still find one of those for sure.

Kid playing Doom: Video games for sure. Doom on a desktop? Probably not.

Angry Birds screen saver: Definitely past prime.

NOOKs: HA! They’re hanging on by a thread.

LCD HDTV: Absolutely.

Blackberry: Highly unlikely.

Singing ringtones: The specific reference to Eminem is out of date, but the concept is probably still going strong.

Social Media: So far so good. Facebook and Twitter are still going strong, and at least there isn’t a MySpace reference!

Macbook Air: Just got updated!

Android: The book dodges obsolescence by referencing Android as a whole, not any particular version or manufacturer.

Netflix: Definitely still relevant!

Plugs and chargers: It’s going to be a very long time before these go out of date.

So a quick tally shows eight listed items still exist, while four reference items that are nearly out of date or are past their prime. Not bad for a book that was restricted by rhyming and rhythm as part of their gadget references! I would assume if it were written today there would be references to Apple Watches, Fitbits, and maybe Chromecast…what do you think “Goodnight iPad” will reflect in the future?

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About the Author

Zek has been a gadget fiend for a long time, going back to their first PDA (a Palm M100). They quickly went from researching what PDA to buy to following tech news closely and keeping up with the latest and greatest stuff. They love writing about ebooks because they combine their two favorite activities; reading anything and everything, and talking about fun new tech toys. What could be better?