On the iPad

Leading up to the announcement of the iPad, I was looking very much forward to a new device from Apple. It would no doubt be revolutionary, breathtakingly beautiful, very usable and loaded with the latest tech and goodies.

Once I saw the keynote, I was disappointed. Apple had let me down. They had the potential to make a great product, but instead they made a tables that doesn’t support multitasking (which is a step back of about 15 years), no USB or other external storage capability, locked in applications only served by Apple’s approved AppStore, …

Now almost 2 weeks after the announcement and reading other people’s thoughts too, I’ve come to a conclusion. I was looking at the iPad from my perspective, with my wishes for a tables in mind. With that view, the iPad has failed. However this is not its target audience. The iPad is more for the casual computer user that uses it for e-mail, surfing, facebook, …
For those the iPad is perfect! Now I only hope they make a similar device (the form factor that is) for power users/developers as well.

Some extra reading:
http://northtemple.com/2010/02/01/on-ipads-grandmas-and-gam
http://www.macworld.com/article/146040/2010/02/ipad.html?lsrc=twt_macworld
http://stevenf.tumblr.com/post/359224392/i-need-to-talk-to-you-about-computers-ive-been
http://www.macworld.com/article/146040/2010/02/ipad.html?lsrc=twt_macworld
http://radar.oreilly.com/2010/01/the-ipad-is-the-iprius-your-co.html
http://www.linuxtoday.com/infrastructure/2010012703135NWRLAP
http://diveintomark.org/archives/2010/01/29/tinkerers-sunset
http://speirs.org/blog/2010/1/29/future-shock.html
http://flyosity.com/ipad/the-ipad-is-for-everyone-but-us.php

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