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Apple’s oldest fan celebrates iPad in verse

It has met with mixed reactions since its April 3 launch, but a US lady who must be the world’s oldest computer novice has declared Steve Jobs’ new baby is the Apple of her eye.

Virginia Campbell, 99, of Lake Oswego, Oregon, was an avid book-lover until glaucoma prevented her from reading. All that changed when Mrs Campbell became the proud owner of her first computer after hearing the buzz about the new iPad.

Mrs Campbell has fast become addicted to her new tablet - and is well on her way to becoming an Internet celebrity, with a YouTube video of her iPad exploits attracting more than 100,000 hits.

"It's changed her life," her daughter Ginny Adelsheim told The Oregonian newspaper. “She's writing all of her poetry on her iPad now. Her handwriting is so scratchy. It's so much easier because she can actually read it. Others can read it, too."

And so can you. Mrs Campbell composed the following ode in honour of her new iPad:

"To this technology-ninny it's clear,
In my compromised 100th year,
That to read and to write
Are again within sight
Of this Apple iPad pioneer."