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 got it backwords
by Praxis on Wed 27th Jan 2010 20:54 UTC
Praxis
Member since:
2009-09-17

well I was guessing that the apple tablet would have great software at a crazy price, but instead they gave me lackluster software at a good price.

Lack of multitasking kills it for me. A device this size and price need multitasking in my opinion. The fact that this is basically a scaled up iphone OS is a bit disappointing, I was hoping for something more like a scaled down OSX with an iphone emulation layer or something. Still I have to admit the hardware is tempting. And some of the new apps are cool, not like they couldn't have been done on a normal pc, but I guess the promise of apple lock in and drm gave them the motivation to actually try something new.

I'll be passing on the first gen devices and wait for apple to release the inevitable multitasking os update, and for the equally inevitable android knockoff to see how it stacks up.

Also I would also like the ability to connect this thing to an external hard drive and grab all my media, the article was unclear. Will itunes be the gatekeeper of all media on this thing or can I pull stuff in from elsewhere. If I can this get more tempting.

I predict good sales, though not at the iphone or ipod level. It might kill the itouch though, its pretty much the ipad mini now.

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RE: I got it backwords
by Moochman on Wed 27th Jan 2010 22:14 in reply to "I got it backwords"
Moochman Member since:
2005-07-06

Well, you will at least be able to transfer photos and self-recorded videos from a camera via USB or an SD card...

http://www.apple.com/ipad/specs/
(scroll down to the bottom)

...but whether any other media will be copyable remains to be seen.

Edited 2010-01-27 22:16 UTC

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RE[2]: I got it backwords
by tyrione on Thu 28th Jan 2010 00:35 in reply to "RE: I got it backwords"
tyrione Member since:
2005-11-21

Well, you will at least be able to transfer photos and self-recorded videos from a camera via USB or an SD card...

http://www.apple.com/ipad/specs/
(scroll down to the bottom)

...but whether any other media will be copyable remains to be seen.


There's an API for that.

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RE: I got it backwords
by Dave_K on Thu 28th Jan 2010 01:17 in reply to "I got it backwords"
Dave_K Member since:
2005-11-16

Lack of multitasking kills it for me.


A very strange failing on a 21st century device.

Back in the late 90s my old Psion 5, with its 18Mhz ARM CPU and 4Mb memory (RAM/storage combined), could happily multitask different apps.

It may not be such an issue for a phone, but for a product positioning itself between a laptop and a smartphone, with such a relatively high spec, a non-multitasking OS seems like an anachronism.

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