Apple unveils their latest: The iPadMikey 16 comments Poll
After years of speculation, Apple has finally unveiled it's latest 'must have' for fan boys, the iPad. Steve Jobs says this will be the netbook killer (not in so many words, but that's the interpretation), but as swanky as it looks the ipad is quite lacking in several departments.
It's said to be weighty, and there is no camera at all - something you'd expect in a device that begs to be used for video conferencing. There is no flash support, so all those video streaming web sites (Youtube, Vimeo, Hulu etc.) will be inaccessible to you, but the biggest buzz-kill is it won't multi-task. That means one app at a time. You can't listen to music while surfing the web or doing email for example. Another way to look at that is you have to check for email, instead of having it automatically working in the background for you.
The iPad comes in 16, 32 and 64gb flavours and will cost you $US499, $US599 and $US699 respectively (and that's without 3G), assuming you can justify a use for the device.
For those who already have an iPhone and Macbook, this device doesn't offer anything more (less in fact) than they already have. But for someone looking to do some casual web browsing and email (who doesn't already have a computer), the iPad might be a suitable contender.
As far as being a Netbook replacement goes and at the prices Apple are asking, with only being able to run one app at a time and no Flash or camera, somehow I doubt people will be wanting the iPad in favour of a netbook that is cheaper and does more - way way more.
Remember folks, Microsoft tried the tablet PC idea not so long ago (and that didn't have the limitations of the iPad) and they failed even with all their massive resources and unstoppable marketing power. People just didn't want tablet PC's. But maybe Steve Jobs knows something we don't, and he's banking on the Apple fan boy "" mentality seeing it through. Or maybe he's actually a smart guy and has done his market research before committing Apple's resources to what seems like an unnecessary piece of hardware, and sceptics such as I will will be proven wrong.
In any event, it looks kinda neat (quite a large bezel though!) and I'm sure Apple will sell them in droves.
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