Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Jan 2010 19:45 UTC
Apple In what everybody already saw coming for weeks (months) now, Apple has just unveiled its latest product, a tablet called the iPad. Basically a bigger version of the iPhone, Steve Jobs presented the iPad during a press event in San Francisco. The most interesting news? It's powered by... An Apple processor, called the A4. The most shocking news? The price.
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I'm sure someone has mentioned this...
by thavith_osn on Thu 28th Jan 2010 01:17 UTC
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...as I don't have time to read all 7 pages (so far) of replies, but...

I think this machine is not for me or Thom or other so called geeks. It's not intended for the technically minded. This is the computer for the rest of "them" :-)

I've been thinking about it for the past few hours and realised that if you just need a computer for "home" stuff, photos, e-mail, video, the odd simple game, chatting, reading books, newspapers, magazines and reference material...
If you need a computer to tell you the time, weather, stocks, football results, tide times and so on...
If you need a computer to look up a recipe or two...
If you need a computer to do all the things an iPhone can do...
If you need a computer to browse the net.
If you need a computer to set up a simple home budget, write a letter to someone or create a keynote presentation (powerpoint)...
If you need a computer do the "life" stuff that Apple promotes...
Then this could be the computer for you (somethings in there I am assuming will be written as I haven't seen them yet, such as Keynote and Pages)...

Remember a very important thing, it can bind to a keyboard, so you can prop it up on a desk and use it that way.

I have given my Mum my old Macs (starting around OS 8.6 I think) up till Snow Leopard because I didn't want her ringing me for support every 2 hours. I rarely hear from Mum with any problems (she did manage to put a mailbox folder inside another one the other day and thought she'd lost it)...

Now imagine if Mum had this UI instead of OS X, this one is even simpler.

This machine is for those that hate computers because they are too hard...

There is one caveat however. If this is your "first" computer, you will also need to figure out how to set up a wifi modem too, not something those that "hate" technology will enjoy...

I also think it needs a camera too, this would allow you to do so much more with one...

Where this will really shine is Education I think. I can imagine the kinds of apps that will be written to demonstrate physics (pushing an object into another one) or reading with animated characters that kids can move around. Even a simple finger painting app would be very nice (and much cleaner) for the teacher. Plus they can print them when done (if needed). That is just scratching the surface...

This device has a huge potential because it has a easy to use finger UI for everything (not just selected apps) with a touch screen, and it's priced much lower than Apple usually price things, it's in the range of "cheap". Apple can now take on the netbook without having one...

Once multitasking is added in 4.0 it will be very nice indeed...

Again, and please note this, not intended for the geek as such, but for everyone else...

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