Posted 18 October 2010,
At the beginning of this summer an alumnus wrote to tell me that he had tried to view Sine Charta
using his iPad and that, while he had been able to access some of the material on the site, he had been thwarted using several pages…including the video and the slideshow pages. Not being one of the several hundred thousand early iPad adopters myself, I headed to the Apple store on Broadway. Sure enough, the alumnus was correct…Sine Charta
was not iPad compatible.
While I monitor the number of people using the site and the pages they visit, I had not been tracking how people accessed Sine Charta
. As I walked to the subway station to head back to Trinity, I started thinking about what might be the number of Sine Charta
readers using mobile devices. Based on, well, just a hunch really, I imagined that the number might be in the eight to twelve percent range. Imagine my surprise when I ran the report that afternoon and discovered that thirty-two percent of you visit Sine Charta
using some kind of mobile device. I was, frankly, stunned.
Over the next several weeks I watched as the sales of iPads, and then the new iPhone 4, seemed to set new records every week. The sheer volume of units sold (over 6 million iPads and iPhone 4s by July) was astonishing as were the demographics…all ages were buying iPads, from eighteen year olds to those over the age of fifty-six…with the bulk of owners ...