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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Honestly, I think the premise of this article is all wrong.

What the iPhone, iPad, NES, Wii, PS3, and yes, even Laptops, represent is mass appeal and a desire by the user to simply consume and interact rather than be wrapped up in the details.

I include the laptop because it is also effectively a closed system due to complexity and miniaturization no matter whether you buy one from Apple, Dell or Acer.

Apple is simply at the forefront of turning what was once a mainframe into something every single person in the world can find useful and entertaining.

It's not a threat to tinkerers... there will always be computers to tinker with as long as tinkerers demand them (and the full power of computing hardware is needed). But lets face it, most of us humans are *not* geeks who want to overclock their RAM timing so that we get the maximum MIPS out of our quad core CPU.

WHO CARES. Just plug me into iTunes so I can watch Scrubs!

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