1.27.2010

iPad musings....

iPad.....

Rumors have abounded over the last few years that a tablet device was coming from Apple. Well, it looks like it's finally here. Yes, it's nifty looking. Yes, the techno geek in me is lusting for one.

But I'm still disappointed....the only new thing on the iPad is the iBooks application. The iPhone 3GS has the Compass and the Voice control. Not much new here....

It looks suspiciously like Delicious Library to me, but I'm still hoping that it'll be offered as part of the new iPhone OS which I'm sure is just around the corner. I've been reading e-books on my iPhone using Stanza for quite some time now and it's a great use of the device. The screen size does sometimes leave a little to be desired, but it's ok once you get used to it. I can't wait to get a peek at what a few books look like full screen size on the iPad. It's full color, so it'll already have an advantage over the Kindle.

The full QWERTY keyboard is an interesting concept, but until I can try it out, I'm kinda skeptical. I happen to like a little tactility (is that a word?) in my keyboards. I'm not sure that a touch screen based keyboard will really do it for me. I'm not saying that I wouldn't be willing to give it an honest chance if an iPad were to miracously come into my possession.... :-)

So, here is my wishlist for the iPad 2G....
  • Stylus/Pen support - they really dropped the ball on this one. A pen interface as well as a multi-touch interface would TRULY rock.
  • Flash - Hello!?! People have been clamoring for Flash support on the iPhone for a long time now. Without Flash support, I can't really look at the iPad as a tablet computer. It's an 8x10 iPod touch.....
  • Better camera support - come on now......an adapter for SD cards or USB? It's got wireless, make it interface with the Wifi SD cards so that you can wirelessly upload pictures to it. Which brings me to the next point....
  • SD slot - I have a 6 year old Palm PDA that will read and save data to an SD card. Would it have been really that hard to put an SD slot in there?
  • A front facing camera for video conferencing - Do I even need to elaborate here? The camera on the MacBook Pro's would have done quite nicely in this job....
A fellow techno geek at work and I were discussing the iPad and we both agree that it's not really targeted at our demographic (hardcore geeks that is). It's aimed at Joe Sixpack who doesn't pirate his music, doesn't want to take the time to learn about things like torrents, usenet or the other, more esoteric file sharing disciplines. It will just work. Like the Iphone, and it will change the way that the majority of the world looks at a tablet device.

Right now, content trumps all. Steve Jobs is no dummy. Apple is going to change the way that people consume books, newspapers and magazines with the iPad. You'll be able to sign up for digital subscriptions for your favorite magazines, newspapers, and tv shows. It'll download to your iPad, you'll watch it or read it and marvel at how simple the process is.

Steve has already proven that the public will buy digital content with the success of the iTunes store. This is the next logical step. I'm sure the major publishers were standing in line to get into business with old Steve-o once this was developed into a marketable device. The store was very successful and proved to the industry giants out there that people will pay for content and a profit could be made.

Until the iBooks app is released for the iPhone, I guess I'll settle for Stanza. The iPad is definitely a potential game changer in the media market. Look out Kindle, this little sucker is probably going to put a dent in your sales figures. Can't wait to see what the 2nd generation iPad brings us....

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