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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iPad is for dummies? Gimme a break!
by wargum on Thu 8th Jul 2010 07:50 UTC
wargum
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2006-12-15

What most people don't get is this: The iPad needs a PC/Mac with iTunes for some of the most crucial tasks:

- Installing OS updates with security fixes in them
- Making backups

So whenever someone says this is great for dummies, I can't stop shaking my head. Those people would still need a 'fully featured' PC anyway or you have to be honest that you do all administrative tasks for those people.

That all may change, as well as some of the other restrictions mentioned in previous comments. That's the problem I have with apples ads as well as a lot of iPad reviews: They talk about revolution, the post-PC era, etc. but when you really look at the iPad and leave out all emotions, you can only see it as what it is: A giant iPod touch and simply an iTunes extension and media consumption device that is dependant on a PC/Mac.

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galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

What most people don't get is this: The iPad needs a PC/Mac with iTunes for some of the most crucial tasks:

- Installing OS updates with security fixes in them
- Making backups


This is true - but I wouldn't say it is "dependent" on having a PC/Mac, more like it is occasionally needed.

Most apps don't have much local data - and frankly most apps that do have local data don't have any that people care about - at all. They are mostly toys and such. I'm not saying everyone uses it purely for entertainment stuff - but that is by far the primary use. So you do need to sync up every now and then to install an OS update or put some new music/videos on it - but not very often. I haven't synced mine since the week I got it (which was the week it was released) - and if it went fubar on me tomorrow I really wouldn't lose anything of value (I might whine losing my save game for Angry Birds, but that is about it). Id just restore from backup, re-sync my music from iTunes, and reinstall my missing apps from the app store.

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