The iPad. You know, I’m actually interested in one of these. I have a laptop, but it’s basically my desktop replacement these days. I have an iPod Touch I got last week, which I’ve been carrying for mobile email/web browsing and the occasional useful app (no games, nor plans to add them, MBII is enough for me). However, I am interested in picking up an iPad at some point, though I have not the money to pick one up when it comes out.
One thing to note is who Apple is marketing this to. It’s not to power users, or hard core gamers, but instead to ‘common people’, regular consumers. I’ve had no issues trying to go someplace online that doesn’t have flash. I use no sites that use flash consistently. For video? Youtube and Vimeo use HTML5 H.264 video, and no flash with more sites following this trend. If you use sites that are sticking with flash right now, then fine, the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad isn’t for you sure. But there’s plenty of people out there that also don’t use flash, and don’t care about it enough to force Apple to put it on their devices.
Daring Fireball has a nice article/blurb on this, and his metaphor of automatic vs manual transmission makes a lot of sense to me. If you know people who cannot keep their desktop clear of documents, then those are the kind of people who have no use for file systems, because they’re not using them anyway!
The multi-tasking is a more serious complaint to level, and I do hope we get more of it opened up as we go along. Even if it’s not complete multi-tasking, but various sub-classes of apps that can run in the background (pandora, etc), most people would be fine with that. The question that should be being asked is, “How many people actually use multi-tasking?” If that number/percentage is low, then it’s fine. The success of the iPhone/iPod Touch seems to imply that there are a considerable number of people who are fine with using only 1-2 apps at a time. Again, if you and people you know require the use of more than one application at a time, sure something else is better for you.
From what I’ve seen, the size increase from an iPhone allows for much greater creativity and expression with the UI in apps, which in turn allows for a greater variety of uses for the device. Most developers haven’t had the time to plan out concepts for it yet, but I’m sure that there are/will be plenty of uses, serious uses for it over time. Just because you don’t see them, doesn’t mean that they don’t exist.
For casual user complaints, like carrying, we don’t know yet, as we don’t have them to test. I figure I’d treat it like a book, and carry it around with me for short/in house movement, and in a bag/briefcase otherwise. If cases are more useful, then they will exists, both from apple and from third parties.
I really hate to use this comparison, but this to me looks like a “Blue Ocean Strategy” move from Apple. It worked the last time a major electronics company used it, and it just might work this time too. Oh some people will, just like with the other company, point out the ‘underperformance’ of the iPad and it’s ecosystem, but it’ll be fine for Apple, and be fine for those who buy it.
Lastly as to the name… Get over it. iPod meant nothing when it came out, I suspect that the jokes will go away, just like another device that came out that was ‘unfortunately’ named in english.
"YOU DON’T DESERVE TO KNOW MY NAME! For you there is only judgement! THERE IS ONLY HIS MIGHTY" - Magnos Tancred- dived off the building, its booster packs burning red. "FALCON!"
“No.” Kaworu whispered. “You can’t be serious…”
"No." Keel hissed, breaking free of the restraints. The Beast began to stand up, concrete giving way. "I refuse to be beaten by some -little girl- from the margins of What Moves in some inferior reject of a war machine!" The building toppled onto its side, but far too late, the Trident Land Dreadnaught was already on the way. Its right arm was extended, the rotating conical drill smashed against the Beast’s AT-field and crumpled.
A point, a rock, set into the very tip of the drill glowed. Wraithbone expanded into a spiral around the arm, looping up into a reversed cone. Then, like some sort of psychic shaped charge, blasted through the AT-field.
The Beast had no face, but it showed shock. Mana Kirishima swung with her left hand.
Well here you have it. An industry that’s losing even more per year than the movie industry in lost sales opportunities. Some estimates place it near $1 Trillion in losses since at least the year 2000.
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