Apple seems to have done it again, opened up a new market. Yes, there have been tablets in the past, but do you know anyone who has one? I don’t! Upon the release of the iPad and the millions sold, seems everyone wants a piece of the action and I can’t blame them.
One of the direct results of a new tech product being released on the market is the birth of many industries to support the new toy. This is true for new popular mobile phones, it is true for computers, and it is definitely true for a product like the iPad. The iPad accessories industry is booming with hundreds if not thousands of sites dedicated exclusively to iPad accessories.
So I have been getting a lot of feedback on my previous post about the issues I have with the iPad and apparently people got the very mistaken impression that I am not happy with the device. This could not be further from the truth and at the risk of definitely being called a fanboy in the comments, I will say that Apple did a phenomenal job with their debut into the world of tablet computers.
It is a good day. I just ordered my 64GB 3G iPad and I should be getting it in the coming days. I have to admit that after playing with the iPad a few times, I am more excited about getting it than I have been about any gadget I have gotten in the past. I am not going to go into the debate whether it is a magical and revolutionary device or just an oversized iPod Touch, but I will say that 95% of what I do on my laptop or even desktop, I can do better on the iPad. Yes, it does not have Flash or a webcam, but besides that, it covers all my computing needs.
It’s official. The iPad is a huge success. In its first month on the market, Apple has sold a cool 1,000,000 units. This is an impressive number, given that the device has only been available in the United States, but even more important is the fact that 12 million iPad apps have been downloaded. That’s an average of 12 apps per user in 30 days. With over 5,000 iPad apps to choose from, which apps should you download? Here is my list of the ten best iPad apps.
By: Hillel Fuld
Sometimes I wonder what the tech community would do if there was no such thing as Apple inc. There would be no spyshots, no speculations of what the next thing is going to be, and none of the other bizarre blog posts I have read over the past few days. First there is the whole iPhone 4.0/4G/HD story. Guy finds mysterious Apple device on the floor of a bar, guy shares pictures of device with Engadget. Engadget posts pictures and causes a huge uproar and millions of tweets from geeks like me.
Next thing we know, we are all reassured by Boy Genius Report, Mashable, and countless other sites that the dull and fairly ugly device in the pictures is actually just a cheap Japanese knockoff, and not the next generation iPhone. Boy, were we all relieved… Until… Engadget pulls out their spying glasses in a post entitled “iPhone 4G: Proof“, and points out the mysterious device, which was already deemed fake, is indeed real since it appears in the old iPad pictures we already confirmed are real. OK, so that is where it stands now, these pictures are legit, and as of today, this is what the next generation iPhone will look like. According to the pictures, the device will include a replaceable battery, 80gb of storage, a second camera, and some other goodies. Sounds pretty awesome.
True or not true, this whole story just cracks me up. It is a phone, and look how much noise it has already caused two months before it is even announced.
Then there is the whole iPad being banned in Israel story, which, maybe it is just me, but is one weird story from the get go. Why are these devices being outlawed in a country that has two mobile phones per person? A country with more tech startups than any other country in the world per capita, and Apple’s newest device is being confiscated upon entry? Yea, I heard the whole different Wifi technology thing, but sorry, I don’t buy it.
Are iPads any different than other devices that use wireless internet? How did I not hear about this before? If the iPad has a different Wifi chip in it than any other previous device, don’t you think that would have been mentioned somewhere? Seems a little strange to me. I am thinking someone in whatever Israeli office is responsible for this drama, has a brother or cousin who is a tech blogger and he wanted to make sure he had something to write about that day. Once again, you gotta laugh at this story, unless you are Israel, in which case you should be trying to figure out how to fix all the bad PR you are getting as a result of this ridiculous episode.
You gotta love the jokes about this story though. People have tweeted different variations of “Won’t be the first time the Israelites rejected a tablet, they’ll come around”. Looking forward to reading more cute tweets about this story.
Finally, the picture circulating the Web over the past few days depicting a way to upgrade your iPhone/iPod Touch to an iPad for free is just some more humor based on Apple and its devices. Not to mention the joke about the upcoming iPad Mini, which shows a person holding an iPhone. OK guys, we get it, the iPad looks like a large iPhone…
So, all this leads me back to my original question… What would me and the rest of the geeky tech community do without Apple? There is only so much we can make fun of Microsoft and their repetitive failed product launches. So, I guess we should thank Apple for providing material that occupies our time.
When I sold my beloved MacBook Air a few weeks ago, I was taking a risk. I was betting that I would be able to replace it with the brand new iPad, a device I had never touched. In fairness, I still own both a 27” iMac and a 17” MacBook Pro. Nevertheless, the Air had served as my personal computer for over a year, and I had come to rely on it for everything from web surfing and email to word processing and podcast management. I’ve been using the iPad now for a week, and while I can’t say that it does everything that my Air did, it seems to be doing most of those things quite a bit better.
The wait is finally over. Sort of. Early on Wednesday, Apple unveiled its long-rumored tablet computer, the iPad, and announced that it would start shipping at the end of March.Is this the reinvention of portable computing as we know it? Probably not, but it’s too early to draw any firm conclusions. Let’s take a a moment to step away from the famous Steve Jobs reality distortion field and evaluate what we know so far.
This might be the most difficult post I have ever written. I am literally forcing myself to write these words. The reason I am finding it so difficult about the iPad is two fold. For starters, I do not know my own opinion yet. On the one hand, there is no denying it is a beautiful product like only Apple knows how to make. On the other hand, did they really reinvent the wheel here? Does it include anything particularly exciting on the technology side of things? I think not. I am sorry to be the millionth person to say this, but with the addition of a faster processor and some new software capabilities, the iPad is a giant iPod. But is that really so bad? You starting to get why this is a challenging topic for me?