I think the thing with Fry and the other Apple fans is that they don't care about the same stuff that we care about. I think Fry understands perfectly well that the ipad isn't a particularly "new" technology. The argument with Apple is always that they make it so easy to use...for NORMAL people...not us! We are all powerusers here. We go in and get our hands dirty. We know all sorts of geeky details about everything. We are different than the normal joe walking around with an iphone.
I know these apple fans, they're no dummy's. They are intelligent, rational people. They just don't care about all the stuff we care about. They don't go on software forums, they don't know or care about DRM, they don't think about Sony vs kindle vs ipad. They know Google, but they don't know HTC. They don't know what IPS is. This is total geek stuff. This is our world.
The ipad is designed for them. And let's remember, WE are the minority by quite a bit, not the other way around. So if Jobs, who is a brilliant marketer, is going to cater to any group, it's going to be them. So, whether the ipad doesn't have USB or is going to eventually lock their data into the Apple proprietary world...these thoughts don't even cross their minds.
All they know is the ipad is cool, it's sexy, it behaves sexy, it's easy to use for them, it doesn't make them feel dumb like when we (the geeks) talk to them about the dangers of DRM and not having a removable battery, etc. And they are right. The ipad is sexy. I wish the poweruser-friendly products would put a little more effort in their interface and making it sexier and easier.
Anyway, that's the way I see it.