While Apple's iPads and other tablets -- which generally boast larger screens and more features than standard e-readers -- are currently priced out of reach of many consumers, a lot of baby boomers are well positioned to be early adopters of these fairly recent tech arrivals.
Though their generation grew up with physical newspapers, boomers are increasingly getting their news online, and an iPad is a great way to do so. While iPads aren't well equipped for lots of typing (unless you really like touch screens), they're great if you want to do some reading, online browsing, shopping, looking at/posting photos or even Skyping.
So, what's the allure of iPads for the boomer? Primarily, iPads have much of the multi-functionality of a smartphone (with the exception of the phone part), the portability of an e-reader and -- perhaps most importantly -- a nice big screen.
Boomers have need for the iPod, as well. About half of all younger boomers listen to online music (as do nearly two in five older boomers), and about one in five boomers download podcasts [source: Pew].
The popularity of iPods played no small part in this. For boomers who remember jogging around a track with a comparatively gigantic Sony Walkman in their hand, the iPod is a welcome -- and tiny -- addition to their lives.
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