The Apple Tablet – iPad

Alright. Here we go. My 2 cents.

So yesterday Apple announced the iPad . Their first tablet computer. Exactly what everyone expected. Steve (Jobs) called it his lifetime achievement. Actually I wouldn’t go this far…

To first cover the basics: The device has a 9.7 inch display, weighs 1.5 pounds, and is half-an-inch thick. It is powered by new chip made by Apple itself, a 1 GHz A4 and will come with 16Gb to 64 GB of storage. It supports WiFi, has an accelerometer, compass, and built-in speaker and microphone, just like the iPhone. The screen is a full capacitive multi-touch screen. Battery life is supposed to be 10 hours. In addition to WiFi, it will have a 3G option from AT&T. The Wifi-only version, with 16GB of memory, will cost $499. A 32GB version will be $599, 64 GB will be $699, and with 3G from AT&T it will cost $829 (for the 64GB version). AT&T will offer two data plans: $14.99a month for 250 MB of data or $29.99 for unlimited. All the 3G iPads, however, will be unlocked, meaning they can be used on other carriers as well.

Cool. Done with that. So now let’s get personal. Obviously it looks like a huge iPhone and most people keep saying that they don’t see where the iPad belongs to or for what it might be useful. Honestly, IMO, it’s the same category netbooks are in. Nice to have, cool toy, but no need for it. Well no need in personal life. I think it could be quite cool and useful in offices or elsewhere at work. I personally wouldn’t see me carrying this thing around since I’m quite happy with my Macbook and not in the need for another gadget. BUT to all those experts out there who keep already saying that it’s a failure. Wait and see my friend, wait and see. Remember what you all said when the iPhone 3GS came out? Or the first netbooks hit the market? Just because there is no demand right now does not mean Apple won’t be able to create this demand. And I am pretty sure they will succeed in getting even YOU into an Apple Store waiting for an iPad..

  • Steve

    It’s a failure by design! 🙂 Apple tries to stonewall other technologies or accepted standards because if they wouldn’t, they couldn’t be able to participate in the money flow.

    For example the annoying flash thing: Apple has some of the finest software engineers and hardware designers out there. If they like to implement it, you’d have Flash capability within a day or two. But that would open up there walled in system to other applications than the ones they could make money with via their AppStore. So they force programmers to only use Objective C instead of any other programming language because that way they are able to get 30 % of the revenues of applications they did absolutely no work for.

    Next thing is, that they have total control over there customers. Take the 3G connectivity of the iPad. I’m pretty sure that it only allows the user to use the data connection with 3G. iPad has Bluetooth, so in my opinion it should be no big deal for a software developer to write a piece of software which enables real sim card telephony over the iPad via bluetooth headsets.

    But as I said, I’m pretty sure this won’t be working. Either Apple has cut off the bluetooth CTP, HFP and HSP profiles (all would enable to use the iPad as a phone) or the mentioned piece of software appears on AppStore and will be banned within the blink of an eye.

    Apple likes to sell both, the iPhone and the iPad. If it will be possible to use the iPad with the bluetooth hands free set in my car, I would instantly buy one of those things as a portable car entertainment and telephony solution. But I know Apple and so this wouldn’t happen so fast. 🙂

    If you’d like to learn, why I think the Apple iPad will be really successful and why I see a high potential in it, I invite you to read my article on my Blog on http://admiri.blogspot.com/2010/01/wie-apples-ipad-die-online-marketing.html.

  • Steve

    there their! Man, I’m tired. 😀