Is an iPad a Revolutionary Device?

by editor @ on January 29, 2010

After all the rumors and geek’s dreams… I’m almost sure some people get disappointed about the device and the general consensus among the people I spoke with about the iPad is that “Wow! But is not for me,” or “It’s only for geeks.”

Yeah, Wednesday’s presentation was quite impressive and I have to agree that it would be nice to have such a device. But if I already have a computer and an iPhone… the only reason to buy the iPad would be that is not so expensive and that I love to have gadgets.

But I have to be positive on it. I think it will make a huge difference and it’s the first of a new category of devices that will come sooner than expected.

I see two main market segments for the iPad. Well, three if we include the geeks.

Who does not have a photo album at home? The experience of opening the book, sharing and commenting the pictures while handling it and sitting close to our friends… Digital photography has reduced the amount of printed pictures, and we have started to use TV and computer slideshows to view it.

I can imagine my parents using the iPad just like they were using an ordinary photo album, having it ready to show the pictures of their grandsons to unexpected guests. No need to open the TV, no need to bring the computer.

In order to fit in this category it will require over the air iPhoto synchronization, something that Apple TV already does. Also, it would be great to have bi-directional synchronization to be able to play with the photos (re-arrange, comment, tag) on the iPad.

Another area is a segment of professional applications. The list here is long: from doctors handling it in the hospitals, decoration outlets and architects showing their projects and interacting with their customer’s work, to more basic, like a restaurant menu or beauty salons offering it instead of newspapers and magazines.

What the device is missing?

Clearly it needs a video camera for video conferencing. It would be great if it also had a rear camera.

Size is important… and most probably we will see this device in smaller, portable 6” format as well as in a larger format to facilitate reading newspapers and magazines.

A memory slot and USB connector to connect with the rest of the world are also more than welcome.

And networking capabilities! Why do I have to have the media in the iPad? Why not let the device mount an AFP or SMB drive, so that it could have virtually unlimited storage capacity?

My conclusion is that it is only a first step, but the iPad is definitely a revolutionary device.


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  • jay

    I would be a self-professed gadget loving geek; my wife being the “why do you want another expensive gadget for?” type of person, she never wanted anything beyond the basic shufflle.

    Yet, after watching the video of the iPad, while I was thinking “wow, it's cool”; my wife's reaction was “I want one!”

    Turns out the iPad does for her what the iPod and iPhone don't do for her. The screen is large enough for her to see without her glasses; it is larger than the portable DVD player we take on trips, with a much longer lasting battery. It is much lighter than any of our laptops.

    She did say it needed a camera, and it is probably going to be in a later incarnation; but Apple is making a lot of money from people like her, and they will probably continue to do so.

  • The iPad dramatically simplifies computing. Like most of Apple's products, it's for just about everyone BUT geeks. Geeks will still want the most possible control over their computer. Hell, geeks will want access to the file system.

    The iPad is Apple's shot at an entirely new generation of computing. One where you will probably never hear terms like “AFP or SMB drive.” Maybe that tech will be available to developers for their apps, but the end user will never hear those terms because they don't need to.

    In other words, the iPad and iPhone OS are finally the “it just works” platform that Apple has been striving for all this time. *That's* the revolution.

  • Apple just set themselves back practically 10 years technology wise. It doesnt even support multi-tasking. HURRY FOR THE HP SLATE.

  • FredMcMillan

    What Apple really should have focused on rather than making a really big iPhone…
    Quadcore Macbook
    Qwerty Keyboard for ATV
    Breaking down the proprietary walls furthering the user friendly aspects of Apple products. (I have noticed the Mr. Jail that Mr. Jobs seems to be becoming has really disenfranchised the veteran Apple user).

  • Nick Donaldson

    I say it needs to be more of a computer than a mobile device. Just me but.. here are the things it will have to have before I will buy.

    #1 FLASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    if I'm supposed to buy this and sit on the couch at home and browse the web, I need flash. If it does not have flash you simply do not have a better experience of web browsing. YOU HAVE A LIMITED EXPERIENCE.

    That alone would really change the reviews.

    But to really hit a homerun, It also needs better video out, iSight & ability to share files on a home network. ie finder. oh yeah & multitasking.

    I want to be able to listen to Sirius while i check my email for example.

    again doesn't replace a laptop, and doesn't replace my ipod touch, It's just a bigger ipod touch. Which I don't need.

    Until it has at least flash they won't get me.

  • tiendavirtual

    It is always our ability that makes us truly great.

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  • The iPad and iPhone OS are finally the “it just works” platform that Apple has been striving for all this time.

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