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Hands on with Apple’s iPad (with videos and photos)

iPad case

Daniel Eran Dilger, AppleInsider

The big question before today’s Apple event was how the company would deliver a tablet-sized product that any significant number of people might want to buy. On stage, Steve Jobs provided a lot of answers, but the most powerful answer required holding the new device in your hands.

Hands on with Apple’s iPad (with videos and photos)

Great expectations

Jobs framed the new iPad as being in between its iPhone and MacBook products. But in order to succeed, he pointed out, it would need to do some things better than either. Today’s netbooks don’t do anything better; they’re just cheap and small notebooks, he said.

It was widely expected that Apple would release a 10“ iPod touch, and that’s essentially what the iPad is. However, that’s really only the case in hardware. The iPad’s larger screen, which melds the MacBook’s beautiful IPS LCD display with the iPhone’s multitouch sensitivity, provides so much extra room that it enables iPhone apps to grow up in sophistication from being mostly information browsers to being full blown desktop apps driven primarily by a multitouch interface.

This introductory video shows a 360 degree view of the iPad, along with a look at how it presents home screen apps just like the iPhone. Its actual apps are more like desktop Mac apps however, and in some cases seem even better, particularly the beautiful new multitouch Calendar app.

iPad calendar

iPad initial surprises

In person, the first and biggest surprise of the slim new tablet-sized device is that it works vertically. Most fan art conceptualized the device to be used in landscape mode. While it works in both, most of the time (some apps favor one or the other; Keynote is landscape-only, for example), the vertical orientation is what you use in the dock. It’s also the primary way Apple pictures it on its site, just like the iPhone and iPod touch.

This begins to make sense only when you use it. Suddenly, the preconceived idea of a tablet being a laptop without a keyboard evaporates and you find yourself looking at iPad as if it is a digital pad of paper. We don’t typically use spiral-bound notebooks sideways.

The next surprise is that this isn’t just an iPod touch with a big screen. The apps Apple bundles, as well as some early third party apps that a select few developers produced over the last couple weeks, are all redesigned to take full advantage of the screen in new ways and with increased sophistication and depth; they don’t just spread out to consume more space.

Calendar, Notes, Mail, Photos, and other apps are all enhanced with what feels like an injection of elements of the desktop Mac experience into the familiar iPhone interface (below). Rather than the iPhone’s menu-per-page convention, apps like Settings present multiple tiers of menu levels at once. Mail shows you both your inbox in an iPhone-like view as well as a message preview, all on the same screen.

iPad menu

Things that aren’t practical on the iPhone due to its small size are natural and almost magical on the iPad. The Photos app incorporates elements of iPhoto, adding finger-based navigation through albums, as well as Faces and Places organization. Apple’s iWork suite is now three cheap $10 apps that each provide most — if not all — of the features of their desktop counterparts, but are fully controlled via intuitive multitouch gestures.

Make a mistake and you can use the Undo button. Toolbars and search features are reminiscent of Mac apps, while popup menus look like iPhone screens. If you’re familiar with either, you also know how to work the iPad.

At the same time, the iPad also runs pretty much all of the 140,000 iPhone apps available. It can run them natively at the same size they’d be on the iPhone, or double them to present the same app across most of the screen. Some apps, such as Facebook, look a little pixelated and stretched on the iPad’s big new 1024×768 screen, but existing games looked awesome. In fact, I had to ask several reps if the iPad was doing any re-rendering; even with pixel doubling, iPhone games looked great and played smoothly.

Developers will be able to create customized versions of their existing apps to work with the iPad, and Apple demonstrated what some of these might look like. With more screen real estate, the things developers can do with games and other apps is simply mind blowing.

Missing features

There are a few things some observers expected that didn’t turn up in the final design. The most obvious is a lack of support for any providers other than AT&T in the US or GSM/UMTS providers overseas. There’s no CDMA version for Verizon Wireless, and it doesn’t support T-Mobile’s 3G frequencies (although it apparently could be activated on T-Mobile’s slow GSM network, but that might not be cost effective).

The new machine uses microSIM cards and is only sold completely unlocked, with no contact subsidies and complete home activation. There’s also a WiFi-only version that starts the price at just $499, much less than anyone imagined.

There are no cameras, killing any hopes that it would be used as a video conferencing device. However, most people don’t like to be on camera, which is why we never had a clamoring market for videophones despite having had the technology for decades. And while its very handy to snap pics with your smartphone, it makes less sense to expect to take pictures with a tablet-sized device.

There’s no provision for running multiple third party apps at once, outside of the bundled Apple apps that can work in the background, such as iPod. That, some have speculated, may be a feature of iPhone 4.0 this summer. The iPad was shown running iPhone 3.2 software.

There’s currently no demonstrated way to attach the iPad to a Mac to use it as a multitouch input device, although this may be possible with third party software; if nothing else, developers could use network commands to relay touch gestures to a desktop app.

More hardware surprises

There are two docks designed for the iPad: one is a simple stand to allow recharging while playing videos or touching the screen at a near vertical position for $29, and a second dock option offers an integrated physical keyboard for $69.


The keys are nearly identical to Apple’s other keyboards, although it adds a home button, a search button, a lock button, and a key to bring up the virtual keyboard on screen so you can type any foreign or special characters (or say, bring up a number pad or the Chinese touch input) without hitting some special chord sequence of keys. It will also be possible to use the iPad with an external Bluetooth keyboard, according to Apple reps in the hands-on area. Hopefully that feature will also make it into the iPhone and iPod touch.

With its HD-resolution display and Keynote, the iPad begs for video output. You can use the existing iPhone video output cables to deliver component or composite video, but you can also now use an iPad-specific cable to attach it to a VGA projector (or other display) at its native 1024×768 resolution. And while your presentation progresses, you can not only control it, but also highlight using a virtual laser pointer you move with your finger. You can also paint on the screen John Madden style to emphasize things as you speak. This will sell iPads to every conference room in America.

In addition to the VGA dongle (sold separately), there’s also a USB and SD card reader adapter package for $29 that makes it easy to upload photos from your digital camera, although there wasn’t any demonstration of the devices in use.

A special neoprene-like case protects the iPad like a standard book cover, but also reverses into a triangle to convert the tablet into either a freestanding TV orientation, or lays down to become a full screen mini-laptop. The case is soft but makes the device seem ruggedized, although you probably still won’t want to drop it.

iPad case

There’s a mic and a headphone jack (it’s not clear if it also supports mic-integrated headphones), so there’s at least the potential for VoIP applications over WiFi. There wasn’t a bundled version of the Voice Memos app on the prototype models, nor a version of the iPhone’s Voice Command, but there’s no reason either couldn’t be added by Apple by the time it ships.

The iPad is even designed to do something when it’s doing nothing. With the device at its unlock screen, there’s a button to start a slideshow configured to your preferences within Settings (below). This turns the thing into a nice animated slideshow picture frame of your selected photo album as it recharges.

Revolutionary evolution

The iPad seems like a gigantic leap and a small step at once. It isn’t a ballsy leap of faith by Apply by any means; it is an enhancement to its existing blockbuster SDK and App Store, not an entirely new platform like the Newton Message Pad once attempted to be.

It already runs all manner of iPhone apps, while also creating a vacuum that developers will rush to fill with new custom apps. It also syncs with Mac files for iWork, iTunes, and anything in Mail.

It isn’t a single purpose device like the Amazon Kindle or Android Nook; while it serves as a capable e-reader, it is far more functional even at that, supporting embedded color graphics and video within book titles, something e-ink displays simply can’t manage.

Despite that, it still has a tremendous battery life and looks great, leaving users no reason to buy a dedicated e-reader instead. It also offers fast, flicker-free page turning (or animatedly slow, if you like it that way), immediate navigation, and a choice of font styles and sizes.

Unlike stylus-based tablets like Microsoft’s Pocket PC or Tablet PC devices, the iPad is fully hands-on with no pen to lose. There’s no incorporation of handwritten recognition anywhere visible, just a dynamic keyboard that changes to suit the task at hand (something that is particularly prominent in Apple’s Numbers spreadsheet app, where you might bring up a number pad or a full keyboard or some other specialized input system).

It’s also unbelievably fast and smooth, making even the iPhone 3GS look a little slow. I witnessed the iPad cold boot within about fifteen seconds. However, you don’t need to wait for it to boot because it remains on in standby for days (Jobs said a month on a single charge).

Apple has no reason to advertise its internal specs (since it isn’t currently trying to market its processor to other makers), but the fact that the company is building its own custom System on a Chip called the ”A4“ suggests a similar fate for this year’s iPhone and iPod touch (will they use the A2?). Apple’s custom new ARM CPU core and I/O and video chip appears to be extremely fast and highly customized for the needs of the iPad in terms of efficiency.

A tough act to follow

Apple isn’t hiding the fact that there are advantages in developing your own battery technology and processor savvy and touchscreen expertise. The unstated fact is that no other company has the resources to match what Apple created. As Jobs pointed out, his company is now the largest mobile device maker in the world in terms of revenues. But the iPad isn’t just about hardware. Even if somebody duplicated it, they’s still need a software ecosystem.

Apple has not only demonstrated that it can think up and create phenomenal apps of its own, but has also demonstrated impressive stuff from a few iPhone developers who only had a few weeks to whip something up. Once Apple’s army of iPhone developers hit their stride, the array of apps available for the iPhone will look rudimentary in comparison. The iPad truly supports real desktop style apps with even more sophisticated multitouch input that the iPhone.

Even with all their hardware partners, Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows Mobile haven’t been able to attract the same kind of attention from developers or software buying users. Apple’s new iPad is unique on many levels, and demonstrates a formidable new challenger in a the formerly lackluster tablet computer market. For competitors to match it, they’ll need to catch up not just in hardware but also in media distribution, in developer tools, in customer base, and in raw component technology, and all at a tremendously aggressive price.

It appears iPad launches Apple as far ahead of its peers as the iPhone did at its unveiling. It remains to be seen if the market will respond and buy up this $500 tablet revolution as quickly as it snapped up the similarly priced iPhone and iPod touch.


1 cy_starkman { 01.28.10 at 5:44 pm }

@ all

dallasmay saying no multitasking isn’t cool is just fine. What’s there to defend Apple about. I exclusively use, train others in, consult and support Apple gear (I’ve done the other OS options and brands, been 30years in IT)

I don’t agree that push notifications is the death bell for multitasking, that’s bizzare, push would be just sweet even if there was multitasking.

Multitasking isn’t unreasonable, crikey there is basic moments daily when I say to myself “that’s really annoying”. I accept devs could build in “where you left off” state holders, urrr, still wouldn’t solve a few basic things. On the iPad it isn’t going to be better but even more annoying in those moments.

I’m not even going to chime in on the “if” of 4.0, who the heck knows. There’s some damn reason why elJobs is saying no and it’s not grandmas. It’s probably some asthetic reason, bit slow, whatever. I know why there is no front facing camera though, it’s because until they turn the “camera behind the screen” patent into a real thing no one looks at anyone when video conferencing anyway, they all look down, even video bloggers who aren’t pro do it, it’s tedious and disconnecting. That at least will come and finally it will be a video -conference- not a bunch o people looking away from each other mumbling.

It’s okay for people to make comments that aren’t all elves and fairies, he isn’t trolling.

A lot of other things, like hard drives etc, only requires a dev to make the accessory and you can plug it into the dock, with a pass through if to like. From owning a Tom Tom car kit and it’s app I know this, it runs in the background as a multitasking app making the extended hardware available to all apps. Same goes for a 100/1000 network port, an easy add to the dock. Or even a webcam.

As a final to the one or two who mention the keyboard issue, Apple said it’s simply a bluetooth keyboard, no reason logitech can’t make one as an accessory or make an existing one work, they might do already

peace out

2 ulicar { 01.28.10 at 7:11 pm }

iPad for me is like a song said “Last night I came in at two with a ten. But at ten I woke up with a two” First impression, great, I wanted one immediately, and now, after a good night sleep my honest opinion is, it blows. It is IMHO too limiting for the device Apple is selling as netbook killer. I mean, I can understand missing flash, no multitasking, no JAVA, no nothing on a mobile phone or a portable music player. I actually love my iPhone a lot, but this sort of limitation on a device that is supposed to compete with a netbook? WTF? I am not quite sure that I will get it and throw away my MacBook (or would Eee for that matter, only I do not own Eee). Expecting this is quite, quite, quite silly. Friend of mine said it is a quite good kitchen appliance. When you forget a recipe or somebody is skyping you while you are cooking, but that is not good enough. For that I use iPhone. It is much more convenient than 11 inch device.

If it was available the same day, I would probably have one by now, but lucky for me I was not able to get it and now I do not think I will. I guess a lot of people will think about it as I do, because traders on the Wall Street are dropping the Apple shares now more than 4 percents down.

I think this was a stupid move.

3 Conrad MacIntyre { 01.28.10 at 7:46 pm }

I think the main problem is that people want this to be a full-featured computer. It is not. A netbook is a sub-standard laptop, an iPad is an entirely different category of product.

4 ulicar { 01.28.10 at 8:42 pm }

@Conrad MacIntyre
Could you then explain to me, what am I expected to do with it if it is not sposed to work as netbook? It is nothing else, but oversized iPod Touch with the same limitations and then some. It can run almost all iPhone apps, but it is not a phone. iPhone blows it out of water. It can play music, but it is not iPod. iPod is better at that, a lot, lot better and more convenient. It sure cannot do any sort of business work, so it is not a computer either. You cannot browse the web, because it doesnt support Flash, JAVA, HTML5, [put the technology name here]… MacBook will do everything it does and heaps, heaps, heaps, heaps, heaps more and will look damn cool while doing it. What the heck were they thinking? Stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid.

I might be wrong, but I am afraid, this one is the cube.

5 jen729w { 01.28.10 at 9:15 pm }

Er. It does Java and HTML5.

Stupid, stupid, stupid.

6 gus2000 { 01.28.10 at 10:43 pm }

Wow, lotta haters out there for the iPad.

First, the Cube was a fabulous machine, but too pricey in a downturned economy. There was also nothing wrong with the iPod HiFi, except for heavy competition in a large aftermarket of iPod docks. And last time I checked, the AppleTV was still selling…I wish I had a product that sold half as well.

That said, I am 100% confidant that the iPad will be the #1 selling tablet within the year. Sadly, the bar is set very low for that particular milestone. It will not outsell the netbooks, but a netbook it is not.

Nevertheless, many try to compare the top-end iPad with a bottom-end netbook. A Dell Mini 10 with iPad-like extras (802.11n, Bluetooth, 3G, 8-hour battery and 32GB SSD) prices at about $600, and that doesn’t include $100 in virus protection (“Dell Recommended!”), Win7, or a $100 external optical drive that Dell says “is needed to access DVD or CD media, and may be required for OS recovery.”

So, what can I do on iPad that I can’t do on a netbook? Let’s see, I can:
– be worry-free about viruses
– get a cheap 3G data plan with no contract (Verizon’s no-contract price is $15 PER DAY capped at 75MB, srsly)
– type! (Fingerworks soft KB beats undersized chicklet)
– use a capacitive (“look ma, no stylus!”) touchscreen
– use a MULTI-touch touchscreen, no less
– access A-GPS, an accelerometer, and a compass
– recycle (plastic=fail, aluminum+glass FTW)
– hand it to my mom without worry or fear (“it just works, ma”)
– use any of the apps that I already have on my iPhone, for free (you do know it’s called “stealing” when you install the same copy of software on two of your PCs, right?)
– get live support from trained professionals in a retail store (don’t even try to pretend that the Best Buy n00bs or the lone Microsoft store can stack up)
– and most importantly, attend my douchebag support group meetings without being mistaken for a dork

I know the iPad will wow me in person, but I’m seriously bummed about the lack of front camera and lack of multitasking (such as chatting on Skype while browsing the web). Modal interfaces are great, until they’re not. Even Apple hypes the ability of the iPhone to surf without hanging up, so they do get it.

I love the iPad. I hope someday it meets my needs enough for me to buy one. I’m sure as hell not buying a netbook or slate PC.

7 T. Durden { 01.28.10 at 11:48 pm }

As a European (I live in Switzerland, but think it’s the same all over Europe) I’m not able to purchase films or TV shows via iTunes. And now it seems the iBookstore will be US only. Hence, my two main reasons for purchasing an iPad fall away immediately, leaving me with the option to surf the Internet or perhaps create slide shows using my fingers. I don’t normally create that many slide shows.

It’s a great looking machine, and I’d sure like to have one. But when key content is missing, then I feel a bit more hesitant. (SJ could fix this, after all, doesn’t he pretty much own Disney? If Disney leads, others may follow).

8 ChuckO { 01.29.10 at 8:39 am }

I think they’ve got a classic Apple problem in the iPad. A lot of the value in the device is the refinement of the software and the overall experience. Once people get a chance to try it I think they’ll understand it better.

They’ll sell a ton of the base model just on price. How many kids are desperate for an Apple laptop but their parents won’t spend a grand. For $500 they’ll sell those parents millions of them.

9 Maniac { 01.29.10 at 11:34 am }

@ulicar – The very last thing Apple needs to do is to release a $500 pad that runs full Mac OS X. That would seriously hurt MacBook sales and cut Apple’s margins. If you look at what netbooks have done to the Windows PC world, you’ll see why Apple needs to avoid that whole market segment. Netbook makers are all nickel and diming each other to death. (Not sure of the exact figures, but roughly 20% of all PC sales were netbooks, but only about 10% of profits came from netbooks, etc. But whatever. I love it.)

So, you say that you’re unwilling to give up a full-featured OS in a portable device? Well, you are perfectly free to not buy an iPad. It’s a free country, brother.

The big fat middle of the bell curve consists of true non-technical consumers, not outspoken Alpha Geek wannabes who have an (unhealthy?) emotional attachment to their technological toys. I’d bet the majority of true consumers don’t need or want a desktop class OS just to web surf, check their email, read ebooks, and browse their photos.

On the other hand, I can see why many people including myself would get worked up if the iPad actually replaced the low-end MacBook in Apple’s product suite. But the iPad, as Steve Jobs carefully explained at least twice during his keynote, fills the gap between iPhone/iPod touch and MacBook. It doesn’t replace any Apple product.

What it does replace is your beloved netbook. Not in your household, but everywhere else in the world where a netbook owner is sick and tired of dealing with the 1980s-vintage desktop with file folder interface. That’s an ancient office productivity metaphor that is totally irrelevant for simple tasks.

And guess what: iPad isn’t vastly out of the netbook league, price-wise. Plus, netbooks are disposably cheap. Which adds up to an acceleration of the inevitable netbook-to-e-waste migration, with iPads replacing netbooks.

So yeah, go ahead and twiddle the bits on your build of the aoTuV fork of Ogg Vorbis’ libvorbis version 1.2.3 on your Linux netbook. Linux is all about freedom, isn’t it? Well, give consumers a little freedom too. iPad sales will do just fine without your help.

10 miloh { 01.29.10 at 12:01 pm }

A Ford Focus can’t haul 50-tons of freight. An 18-volt DeWalt cordless drill can’t bore a 5-metre wide hole in a cliff face. Despite these limitations, I don’t see too many people complaining.

It’s a network terminal. Not a computer, a terminal. It has enough capability to operate in a limited disconnected fashion, but ultimately it’s a device for accessing remote network services, just like a smartphone. It’s what netbooks were supposed to be.

Some may have expected a more capable device. Well, that’s their problem. It’s not Apple’s fault that people see netbooks as a cheap alternative to notebooks. It’s not Apple’s fault that people have their heads stuck in the desktop computing model. It’s 2010, people. The 80’s and 90’s are over. We have these reliable and readily available things called networks. Use ’em.

11 ulicar { 01.29.10 at 12:36 pm }

@jenxxxw no it does not, no it does not and yes you are. They say windows might run on it(?) If that is true than you might be able to run firefox and surf the web. If not, then no java, no flash, no html5, no nothing.
@miloh well if yo markete ford focus “as the best way to move the furniture hands down” I guess a lot of people would say WTF?

12 miloh { 01.29.10 at 1:46 pm }

@ulicar – Has Apple claimed the iPad can do something which lies outside its range of capability?

13 ulicar { 01.29.10 at 2:50 pm }

Yes! They claim it is the best way to surf the web hands down, and you cannot surf Disney, use google wave, do heaps of other web things due to missing features other surfers have , like flash, html5, java… WTF?

14 miloh { 01.29.10 at 4:55 pm }

@ulicar — That’s a subjective claim of quality, not a testable claim of ability. I asked for the latter.

15 pa { 01.29.10 at 6:32 pm }

This was the absolute best account of the iPad introduction I have read to date.
I have two questions though:
1. Did you get a chance to see if one could print files in the iPad version of iWork?
2. iPod Touch apps work on iPad. Is the reverse true? Will the store feature iPad specific apps separately?

16 jmmx { 01.30.10 at 1:47 am }

Jeeze guys –

If you do not like the limitations, fine – don’t buy one. But ignoring the things it does do well gives the impression of being biased.

17 jmmx { 01.30.10 at 1:52 am }


I would be interested to know how much you can do with that USB dongle. Doe it open up the device for any USB connection? I don’t see why not. (Might need drivers of course.) But why couldn’t we just hook up a portable drive e.g. LaCie Rugged??

This would make it much more useful to me as a photographer. I would love to see LightRoom ported – even a Lite version.

18 jmmx { 01.30.10 at 1:55 am }


I don’t see why people get so incredibly worked up about it. Yes, I do agree that when you get to this size, and start having apps that DO something rather than just display info/media – then it does become more of a necessity.

But to tear one’s hair like it is the end of the world???

19 jmmx { 01.30.10 at 2:11 am }

Just an overgrown iPod touch —

Marshall McLuhan coined the astute phrase “The Medium is the Message” (or sometimes “massage”)

The iPad is, for the most part nothing more than an overgrown Touch. But oh what the overgrown can give you! Not just a little more real estate, it is a completely new experience. For one, it allows apps. Which is a big thing.

But I think the size and the touch interface make this much more revolutionary than people realize until they actually see it. On commentator on Seeking Alpha brought up Jobs’ use of the term “intimate.”

For this reason I think it will be a runaway hit.

Time will tell.

20 miloh { 01.30.10 at 3:06 am }

@Jmmx — Multitasking is only necessary if you want to do more than one thing at a time on a single device. I guess people are so accustomed to doing that they cannot fathom anything else. There’s no rule that says everything has to all be in the same box.

21 nini { 01.30.10 at 5:18 am }

I didn’t get it for a while but then I realised that the person who this is for isn’t you or me, it’s for your old man or your non tech literate buddy. This is the future of computing and there’s little to screw up, everything we know is abstracted away so all you do is what you need to do and do it damn well too.

To us, that’s a huge paradigm shift: no file/folder/desktop system, no byzantine subsystem, just apps? That is the future of computing, no doubt. Like Maniac said, the guys in the middle will be the target audience, semi computer literate but not geeks. We like to tinker and basically control the horizontal and vertical but this, this is taking computing away from us and putting it into the hand of Joe Six-Pack for the first time, let’s just say some collective nerd weiners have gone down to a semi right now.

The first Macintosh, changed the game of computing. The iPod, changed the game of portable digital music. The iPhone, changed the game of smartphones and I reckon the iPad will change the game of casual computing.

But “what about multitasking, Flash (blech) and ?” you might ask. Well, what about them? Rev A people, Rev A. See how far the iPod and iPhone have come since their Rev A days? Expect big things.

22 miloh { 01.30.10 at 12:23 pm }

@nini — I wouldn’t necessarily say this is the future of computing, but I would agree that it’s definitely another option. I also wouldn’t limit the iPad just to casual computing. I think it would find use in any situation that does not need a full computing environment all in the one box. This includes casual use, certainly, but there are plenty of professional uses as well. Given sufficient bandwidth and back-end support, I can see this being used to edit video or control industrial operations or any of a number of other things.

I think you’re right that the incumbent geeks with their preconceived ideas about how computers should be are the ones who are experiencing the most trouble with this. Once one lets go of the idea that it all has to happen on that one device they’re physically touching, a whole world of possibilities emerges. The so-called iGeneration already gets this, and those who are not tech-savvy are not predisposed against it.

Numbers are going to be the key. Will enough people be open to this alternate model to outweigh those who are opposed? It’ll be interesting to watch.

23 nini { 01.30.10 at 8:52 pm }

@miloh: It’s won’t be the only means of computing, I reckon it’ll be the industry standard though. You can still get your command line on but much like tinkering in Terminal it’s a very niche thing to do.

The iPad is aimed at the casual computing market but no reason why it cannot be used in professional capacities, heck even the iPhone as is is very much in use within the music community at both amateur and professional levels. The limits of this beast are pretty much not needing roads anymore but some you just cannot please because of a lack of support for something which isn’t there for a damn good reason. Cloud computing, that’s a whole other thing, also the future but one that will meet with resistance if only because your files aren’t where you are in complete command.

I think this’ll be fun and I feel like two things should result from this, the obliteration of Flash as a web standard (any site which demands Flash without degrading gracefully without it has no business being online) and getting to watch everyone scatter like ants to play catch up again.

24 miloh { 01.31.10 at 1:06 am }

@nini — If network devices like the iPad really begin to catch on, I think we’ll start to see an increase of reliable, easy-to-use server appliances in the home. Not only would it be a great media center, serving up content to iPads all over the house, but it could hold the data that people don’t want to put on someone else’s network. Consumer ISPs should have no problem with people accessing their servers from remote locations so long as it’s only them and not the mass-public.

25 nini { 01.31.10 at 6:31 am }

It’s essentially the democratisation of personal computing and I love it. What I was saying in my last post intro was this:

“It’s won’t be the only means of computing, I reckon it’ll be the industry standard though. You can still get your command line on now but much like tinkering in Terminal using a computer as we do now will be a very niche thing to do, almost to the point of the hobbyists of the 80s. “

26 John B { 01.31.10 at 12:10 pm }

“With its HD-resolution display”

I’d just like to point out the the iPad DOES NOT have an HD-resolution display. Minimum resolution HD is 1280 x 720. It will NOT play any HD content at its proper resolution. HD content will have to be scaled on the iPad.

27 miloh { 01.31.10 at 12:29 pm }

@nini — I agree completely. There is much that a computer does which is entirely unnecessary for many people, and the inclusion of those capabilities makes the entire system so complicated they don’t want to use the thing. I have family members who own iMacs but only need about 5% of the functionality. The machines sit boxed up in the closet because they’re too difficult to use. An iPad would be perfect.

28 Conrad MacIntyre { 01.31.10 at 9:48 pm }


I’m sorry my friend, but you’re an idiot. Do you even know what HTML5 is? iPad fully supports HTML5. You are broadcasting your ignorance.

Flash is a pain in the ass, and should be done away with. As a web developer I cringe a little inside when I’m asked to do anything in Flash. Also, Flash is responsible for Farmville… FTL.

I’m not terribly sure where Java comes in… what websites are you going to where lack of Java is a deal-breaker. There’s nothing wrong with the technology, really, but other than uploading Facebook photos (which you can do through iPhoto directly) who really makes any use of Java anyhow??

You don’t have to like the iPad, and you certainly don’t have to buy it. But don’t talk about things you clearly don’t understand.

PS – Those Flash games are mostly inoperable on an interface without a full keyboard/mouse set up anyway – and they probably have better versions on the App Store (which is NOT a cash cow for Apple – look into it, you’ll see) and even many of those are free!

I’ve spent a grand total of $7 on apps and I can do everything I need to do on my iPhone.

29 unscriptable { 02.02.10 at 9:38 am }

You can see the placeholder for the camera in Daniel’s videos. Take this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWqD2bKff_k

At 29 seconds and 47 seconds, there’s a clearly visible circle at the top.

It’s easy to miss unless the lighting is just right. That’s why the reviewers at the event missed it. Here’s a still shot, but it’s easier to see in the video: http://pic.im/gWq

The only question in my mind is whether the camera will make it into the first release!

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