My $0.02 (first edition)
The perfect device for baby boomers and pensioneers
As i already twittered : It looks like the perfect device for my mother (just turned 80).I always did not set-up a computer for her (although i’m storing a couple of my old ones at her home). It would just have been too complicated for her. Still she is very interested to learn about that internet thing. And as her eyes got worse she is not able to easily read the newspaper or regular size books.
- A colleague walked into the office yesterday morning, saying: “Now we know what to buy for our parents.”
- More on this for example on jageree.com and Ultimi Barbarorum
A future version will probably add a camera (jointly with a camera for the iTouch) and grandma’s are able to have iChats with their siblings and friends.
A home and an away version
I’m happy to see a WiFi only version of the iPad as well as a full mobile version. i already have an iPod Touch and an iPhone and have complementary uses for them at home and away.
I’m not too happy to have no GPS in the WiFi device because with offloaded Maps i would love to use it also in the car or on holiday etc (Romaing charges are just ridiculous high in europe, so i typically offload maps of the region before going on holiday)
A lost opportunity
But right now i think Apple lost an opportunity to not add a MiniDisplay Port and or micro USB port as video and serial connector. May be even add a third proprietary connector if neede.
Placed them side by side and they would not need more room on the device than the 30-pin connector. You could even build an dongle to convert the threesome to a 30-pin connector in order to be able to the existing iPod accessories.
I know it would potentially cannibalize the existing iPod 3rd Party ecosystem (you wouldn’t if you build / sold the above dongle.
But having separat small standard ports would:
- make the connector cables much more elegant (no bulky dongles)
- beam the port capabilities into the current time
- especially would enable digital video out. I suspect that the A4 SoC is perfectly able to do digital video, but having only analog video out has mainly to do with the aging 30-port connector. It may also have to do with making content providers happy)
These have mostly to do with my professional view on the iPad (as the head of the R & D lab of one of the worlds largest newsagencies currently looking very hard at ereading:
- When will iBooks be available outside the USA?
- Will it offer subscription based pricing models that magazines and newspapers can use (although the app is called iBooks? But we also got used to buy videos etc. in an app called iTunes :-)
- Will the SDK contain classes for rendering ePubs or will tht be private to iBooks?
- Will ePubs automatically opened with iBooks?
iBooks looks an awful lot like Delicious Library (as others have olso noted). Could swear that Mike Matas (the original designer of Delicious Library that joined Apple in 2005) had a hand on it. But then learned that Matas left Apple in July 2009.