What’s the deal with the Apple iPad?
Just like many new releases from Apple, there market is divided between fans and haters. It’s actually normal. No single product can make a claim for 100% approval. So, what’s the deal with the Apple iPad?
Some say it’s crippled, underwhelming and whatnot. I agree, in the same way the iPhone and iPod Touch are crippled as well.
Here are my thoughts and feel free to add your own as well:
- Steve doesn’t want the iPad to cannibalize Apple’s existing products. The iPad is somewhere between the Macbook, iPhone 3G and iPod Touch. It’s existence should not kill off or reduce sales of any of the other three devices. That is why Apple created the iPad that way. Steve wants you to have a reason to buy all of his toys.
- Compromises, compromises. No USB ports? That thing drains battery life. No SD card slot? How else can they convince you to buy the 32GB and 64GB models? No webcam? Hey, Apple needs something to show for iPad 2G.
- The choice of the iPhone OS 3.2 over OSX is pretty obvious. Steve’s been calling netbooks as slow-ass devices. Running the iPhone OS 3.2 on a 1GHz chip will be blazingly fast. It will be slow if it were on OSX — that’s for sure. Remember, it’s not just the CPU but the RAM as well. I imagine 512MB in there — not enough to give you a nice experience of OSX and all the memory-hog applications.
- Absence of Flash support sucks but makes sense in terms of performance. Here’s a tip — load up a 24×24 FarmVille on your 1.6GHz Atom netbook and see how slow it is. Then try running YouTube HD as well and you’ll realize what I mean. Steve would rather scrap a feature just to make sure you don’t get that slow crappy experience. How else can you say it’s slow if it can’t even run it?
- Remember the very first iPhone? It was EDGE, no 3G. Doesn’t support Flash. Yeah, even until now. No multi-tasking? The iPhone 3GS doesn’t do multi-tasking and people still bought it. The iPad may not be anything we imagined it to be but so was the very first iPod back in 2001. Oh wait, did you remember the transition from the grayscale iPod to the iPod Photo and then iPod Video?
This device is certainly just for early adopters, not the ones who are looking for the features and functionalities found in regular tablet PCs. It will not fill a void or solve a productivity problem in the consumer market. It is not made to replace your netbook or laptop. Not even your iPod Touch for that matter. Apple is creating a device for a non-existent market and that’s the biggest challenge — can Apple carve that niche and make it grow in 3 to 5 years?
If there’s one place I want this iPad to sit — it will be inside my car. It will be the media hub replacing that old, clunky portable DVD player — music, movies, games, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and streetview maps. The kids at the back seat will love it.