Apple has just announced the imminent release of the iPad, a touch screen device that could revolutionize the electronics industry. However, maybe it won't. There is already an extremely bi-partisan view when it comes to liking the new iPad device, and it isn't even available to the public yet! Here's a quick overview of what it will be all about.
If you like the iPod Touch and iPhone, you are may like the iPad. It is basically a larger version of the iPod Touch. However, there is an added feature that lets it act as a new type of ebook reader as well.
Touch Screen- Must or Bust? It was reported that Steve Jobs was making typos while showing the virtual touch screen keyboard at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It should be noted that there will be a keyboard that can dock in the device. However, this is the exact crux of the problem with "touch screen" devices.
Is the world ready for a touch screen device like this? The initial hype surrounding the product is tough to read. Will the public actually flock to buy this, or just look at the iPad as a novel idea? We'll know in time obviously.
Ebook Reader Function- Now Apple has joined the battle of the eBook Readers...kind of. The iPad will allow you to read, download, and buy publications and books in full color. That means you can read your favorite magazines and publications in full color.
This doesn't mean that anyone in the market for an ebook reader will automatically choose the iPad, though. The iPad kind of makes ebook readers on the market look silly, however, they are completely different devices. iPads are computers that can double as an ebook reader. It may be a tough sell to the person who just wants an ebook reader to spend the extra money for a "super device".
Videos, Music, and All the Rest...- Getting to view all your videos, read all your books, listen to all your music, play with all your games and apps: This is where iPad will win some fans. You can download stuff with Wi-Fi connectivity, however the 3G capability isn't available yet on the devices.
Applications- Is This Why the iPad Will Actually Work While Others Have Failed? The touch screen tablet PC is not a new thing. In fact, many companies have failed in the past trying to make profit on these. Cost is high and many have said the usability of a touch screen is suspect. But applications are what Apple has that no other company has had in the past.
One could make the case that we don't yet know how useful the iPad is going to be until we start seeing how people use it in conjunction with applications.
And THAT is why the iPad is going to work in my opinion. The consumers are going to make it work by creating apps that make it irresistible. That is where other "Tablet"-style PC's have been different, and maybe the reason they have failed.
This is a strangely compelling product to hit the market and it will be interesting to see how the consumer reacts.
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