I’m sure everyone and their brother has seen the news of the new Apple iPad. Its touted as being a revolutionary product. Apple says its to fill void between a laptop and a smart phone. It runs off the iPhone 3.2 OS and as such has alot of the same features of the iPhone minus the phone of course. Here are the main features:
I’ve read alot of the commentary online about the advantages and disadvantages. How its just a bigger iphone/ipod touch. How there is no multi-tasking or camera. No Flash in Safari, just like the iPhone.
I believe the iPad is not a netbook but a really polished internet appliance. This is a media consumption device. If you need the features of a netbook, Apple has those features already in their macbook line. I believe apple wants a polished device for doing one thing, consuming media. I think if Apple added multi-tasking, flash, and other “computer” related function, you would get a lesser experience. I do agree that will give the Amazon Kindle a run for its money. At $499 if I had to choose between a Kindle or iPad for an e-book reader, I’d choose the iPad.
I think that now that the world has seen what this device can do, it will become a model for other manufacturers to strive to beat, a benchmark so to speak. The iPad’s launch is similar to when the iPod came out back in 2001. There were other MP3 players in the market but Apple thought “existing digital music players are ‘big and clunky or small and useless’ with user interfaces that were ‘unbelievably awful’.”
As Steve Jobs mentioned in his keynote announcing the iPad:
“Netbooks aren’t better at anything. They’re slow. They have low quality displays and they run clunky old PC software.”
Apple is again trying to build a product different from the rest of the pack that others will try to emulate or surpass. Only time will tell if Apple’s gamble will pay off in the tablet market.