Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Feb 2010 16:25 UTC
General Development While the iPad can certainly be debated as a product, people on the internet are discussing not the product, but the shift devices like the iPhone and iPad represent: a shift away from a computer being accessible to it being something closed and impenetrable. Is this a future we want for ourselves?
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RE[2]: Comment by Laurence
by darknexus on Mon 1st Feb 2010 17:05 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Laurence"
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Not sure that using OS X on the iPad would've worked all that well. Sure, the os would most likely run (wouldn't surprise me if Apple has an ARM version of OS X hidden away) but none of your Mac apps would work without a recompile. In the case of the free and/or foss apps this probably wouldn't be an issue for long, but a lot of the commercial apps people are relying on would probably take longer and, I'd bet, charge an additional cost for their ARM versions. An os is nothing without apps to run on top of it, and the iPhone OS clearly wins on an ARM-based device like the iPad since all current apps for it will work automatically.
I'm not disagreeing, I would've very much preferred to see OS X on the iPad myself. That would've pretty much made my dream netbook/tablet. I do think it made more immediate sense to use the iPhone OS instead though. Whether it makes the most sense in the long term I don't know.

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