iPad - iGood? iBad? iDon'tCare?
Have you heard of this new thing? They call it an "iPad".
Seriously. I feel a little guilty writing this and contributing to the self-perpetuating beast which is the Apple Media Steamroller Machine, but let's face it: iPads are kind of cool. They're like a book, except you don't necessarily have to read, and when you poke them a lot of cool stuff can happen. There's a lot of tablets in the market, but "the new iPad" (Apple's words, not mine) features the angriest birds, the most photographical cameras, the most pixel-packed screen around, and boasts both the softest wares and the hardest wares*. Cool new screen and 4G support aside, however, the new iPad seems suspiciously like the old iPads and warrants the question: do we really need it?
Don't ask that question too loudly though - Apple's iStuff has a fanbase more rabid than a horde of Tickle-Me-Elmo hungry housewives circa 1996, and some wouldn't hesitate to rip your spine out at the drop of a hat if it meant a chance to test a new iWhatever before its public release. Some people get really worked up over Apple stuff , in case you weren't aware. We even have a few iPads floating around the office, and their technological appeal is undeniable. More than 11 million iPads alone were sold in the last quarter of 2011 - about 75% of the total tablet market. The iPad reigns supreme as a flagship device for Apple and suggests a tablet-heavy future for personal computing.
Personally, I'm still on the fence - iPads are a good consumer product, but lack the tech specs and power necessary to truly perform the tasks of full-blown laptops. For the average user an iPad might be useful, but for audio/video editing, programming, and power use, which together take up the bulk of my computer time, an iPad doesn't yet cut the mustard. Adobe has released a very, very lite version of Photoshop, called Photoshop Touch , which is useable on iOS and Android tablets, but until we have full-blown Photoshop, some sort of A/V solution, and maybe if I say "pretty please" Coda (I'll take Notepad++ or Dreamweaver if I have to, even) I'll be sticking to regular old computing.
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*These may or may not be official technical specifications for the new iPad