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In Defense of the iPad

February 10th, 2010 · 1 Comment

The iPad will grab significant market share from longtime Windows users. There is a large pool of Windows XP and Vista users that are just tired of Windows and have considered switching to an Apple computer but have not switched yet because of the price point of the entry level MacBook ($999). Those users are mostly interested in web browsing, email and light use of office-like applications. Apple has packed in the iPad multitouch versions of Safari, Mail and a completely rewritten iWork suite. In addition, iPad makes it easy to listen to and manage music, view and manage photos and videos, and I predict that it will be the best eBook reader available. Plus, all the iPhone apps will work on the iPad and developers will create new, great apps for the iPad using the excellent iPhone (and now iPad) SDK. The SDK is really a piece of art. I have developed in many platforms using many languages. The iPhone SDK and its documentation are the absolute best development platform that I ever worked with. Just today Apple has released a new beta version of the SDK loaded with new, great APIs for anything ranging from location, to advanced text, to video and more.

Netbooks are really just cheap laptops. Every time I tried a netbook it felt like a piece of junk that was going to fall apart any second. Cramming a demanding desktop operating system into an underpowered hardware sounds like a recipe for disappointment. Keyboard and screen are too small and performance is too sluggish.

The iPad plays the strengths of Apple’s ability to integrate hardware and software to support each other and the results are so great that the iPhone has brought Augmented Reality to the real-world, a cutting-edge technology that was relegated to the “maybe one day” shelf for many years.

One other thing that I’d like to point out is that Apple has again innovated also by removing features. In the past, it got rid of the floppy disk, then replaced the RS232 serial and parallel ports with the USB port. Now, Apple is unapologetically removing the file system from the personal device. Users will still be able to access their content but they will do it from the most natural place: the application designated to manage the files. This is a great move as in my experience the usability of a hierarchical file system decreases with the number of file and folders. If you need to export or share a file, you can do it conveniently through the cloud.

Also today is the news that a Norwegian retailer has stopped taking pre-orders of Apple iPads due to overwhelming demand. Even more incredible is that the largest portion of orders skew heavily towards the more expensive 64GB iPad with 3G. The same has been true for the US demand of 3GS iPhones. People want these technologies. Users are abandoning the “good enough” mentality that has driven the first wave of personal computing and are now demanding a clean, flawless experience from a device that they will interact with for most hours of their life.

All the above is why the iPad is going to revolutionize the personal (and connected) computing world!

See also: “Why the iPad is so revolutionary” by Joe Hewitt, creator of the popular Facebook iPhone App

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  • 1 Mike // Feb 10, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    It would suck to stop pre-orders…all that good money going down the drain pretty much.

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