Linked by David Adams on Wed 7th Jul 2010 19:09 UTC
Apple A Forbes article notices that while the iPad's reception from the public and the mainstream press has been overwhelmingly positive, the prevailing sentiment among some alpha geeks has been negative to the extreme. The conclusion, of course, is that these people aren't reacting to what the iPad is, but rather what it represents: a violation of the ethos of the personal computer. The author of the Forbes article concludes that much of the anti-iPad vitriol is hyperbole, and doesn't help advance the cause. It's a thought-provoking question.
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People are comparing incorrectly
by openwookie on Thu 8th Jul 2010 02:50 UTC
openwookie
Member since:
2006-04-25

It's being compared to a traditional home computer, when it's really more similar to a TV + cable box.

I can't modify the software on my TV. Nor on my HD cable box. They are closed devices designed for consuming content. If I want to rent a movie on my HD cable box I have to purchase through my cable company. Luckily there are other sources to get content (movie rentals/purchases, or bittorrent if that's your thing), but that requires the purchase of separate devices.

Same goes with the iPad. It's meant for consuming content. A nice thing about it is that the web contains far better content than my TV's antenna can pick up. And the app store/itunes is far more permissive of allowing publishers to sell content than my local cable company is.

This idea that it's meant to replace real computers wholesale is absurd. It's meant to replace computers at certain tasks, namely portable content consumption that traditionally has been the realm of laptops and netbooks. And in that regard it's mostly a good replacement. It may even be useful for light content creation duties as well, but it seems ill suited to replace traditional PCs for the heavy duty tasks.

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AnyoneEB Member since:
2008-10-26

... except you can install apps and look at whatever media you want on an iPad... as long as it is through an Apple approved method, which is a restriction enforced artificially by the iOS software.

Your cable box and TV probably don't have any way to install programs on them. If mine did and I couldn't install my own programs on them, then, yes, I would be annoyed.

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openwookie Member since:
2006-04-25

But this is where you're wrong. What you call 'programs' on an iPad is actually 'content'. It's just a different medium than the videos & music available on your cable box.

What you want is a general purpose computer. iPad is NOT a general purpose computer. It's a next generation consumer content device.

To think of it another way, if you produced a cool ass video, do you think you shopuld be able to give it away for free on the cable box? And because you can't, are you pissed about it?

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