More details were released later yesterday on the iPad and I spent a bit more time this morning reading about it. My interest is waning quickly on the unit and I think Jobs might be overselling this as such a dramatic change-enabling device. Maybe if they applied a bit more thought into it. For example, there are no USB connections nor FireWire/IEEE-1394. No real way for external connectivity aside from the AT&T provided 3G access and 802.11n wireless. There are adapters to load from SD memory cards but that’s about it. So it’s either a reduced functionality laptop (and there are a number of laptops that are thin and have screens that swivel and drop into tablet configurations – heck my doctor’s office uses one for medical records) or it’s a larger footprint iTouch/iPhone. I’m not convinced that it’s that ground breaking and therefore I am not surprised at the price point. In fact, it might be slightly high for what you get. The interesting thing to monitor going forward is to see how prescient the Simpsons episode really is concerning the Apple faithful. It could be that people turn out in droves to get the iLatest and iGreatest from iStephen iJobs. Perhaps. But I think there are bigger game changers that are coming with innovations in wearable computers, OLED and other advances in display technologies, and deeper thought leadership into what would truly advance the computing industry vis a vis the consumer marketplace. Things like the partnership of Nintendo and Microsoft with Netflix for movie streaming to internet connected game consoles are good innovations. I suspect that the iPad will fizzle quicker than Apple hopes unfortunately.
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