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I'm surprised there isn't a thread on this. Apple's newest device came out today, the iPad. What are you thoughts on it? Will it change the future of computing? Or is it just an oversized iPod Touch?


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There is a thread a page or two back. I don;t really care about the ipad much. It is just a glorified Ipod Touch.


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I don't care about the iPad much either. It doesn't seem anything new or original to be worth glorifying. I'm still trying to work out which niche a tablet computer would fall in. What does it do that a laptop of equal size cannot, and why do we want to expose the touch sensitive screen to the elements all the time? It's bad enough with touchscreen phones, and larger surface areas will proportionally increase the probability of damage.


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i have the iPad mini...it's called an iPod TOUCH


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Will it change the future of computing? Or is it just an oversized iPod Touch?

No and Yes.


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They are a $500 toy.


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Steve Jobs thinks he has a "paradigm shift" every time he drops a deuce.

 

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http://b.wardje.eu/post/494058758 and http://b.wardje.eu/post/495049186 :P

 

Down with the iPad! Building further on the flawed design of the iPhone and its App Store gives me shivers.

 

"For creative people, this device is nothing." as well as Tinkerer's Sunset are interesting things to read up on :)


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http://b.wardje.eu/post/494058758 and http://b.wardje.eu/post/495049186 :P

 

Down with the iPad! Building further on the flawed design of the iPhone and its App Store gives me shivers.

 

"For creative people, this device is nothing." as well as Tinkerer's Sunset are interesting things to read up on :)

 

Huh? There's nothing inherently bad about the iPhone or the app store. It could be better, yes, but it's not bad.

 

The big question we have to ask ourselves with regard to tablets is this: What on earth is wrong with a keyboard? They're fast, logical, convenient, and your fingers don't get in the way of what you're typing. Tablets let you consume content, but laptops can let you create and consume content. Why are we throwing half a computer away when it's no cheaper?


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http://b.wardje.eu/post/494058758 and http://b.wardje.eu/post/495049186 :P

 

Down with the iPad! Building further on the flawed design of the iPhone and its App Store gives me shivers.

 

"For creative people, this device is nothing." as well as Tinkerer's Sunset are interesting things to read up on :)

 

Huh? There's nothing inherently bad about the iPhone or the app store.

 

http://www.pcworld.com/article/188696/apple_bans_the_word_android_from_app_store.html/

 

http://kotaku.com/5497459/apple-bans-game-days-after-developer-publicly-trashes-app-store


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What really bothers me now is how so many sites are making it a priority to have an iPad-friendly site. This makes me angry for several reasons:

 

1. HTML5 is being used on these IPad-friendly sites. If the iPad causes the masses to shift over or start using HTML5 as a standard, then we have a problem. Steve Jobs/Apple will take credit for helping HTML5 along, but with a device that only did such a thing because of what it lacks.

 

2. The iPad doesn't introduce anything new, at all. No GUI redesigns, no hardware magic, nothing. Yet it is popular because of the logo and concept, which is flawed. Why is something so flawed being accepted or received with some delight at all from some reviewers/consumers? Like really.

 

This entire iPad thing just rubs me the wrong way.

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skatedog, same reason as their ipods and iphone, which some are flawed. Marketing.

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skatedog, same reason as their ipods and iphone, which some are flawed. Marketing.

 

Well the thing with the iPod was how it looked on the outside and then its interface was just easier to use and more concise. And it was better than most of the competition (if any) at that time. For that I can contribute why it was success and it is virtually the same thing with the iPhone, but with the whole convergence thing. The iPhone just contains everything you'd want to do, or can give you any emotional fill you need and on the go too.

 

I know marketing has played a large role in this, making all Apple products look like you're going to be different, unique and look 10x better than the next guy. And the ridiculous pricing on their products just adds to this persona they have around their products. Perhaps I am more mad at the consumers for not having any knowledge about Media rather than a company taking advantage of it and then possibly receiving high praise five or ten years later for bringing us into a new 'era' of computing. :/

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The simplicity of the average consumer makes me facepalm


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The simplicity of the average consumer makes me facepalm

...? :huh:


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Well, now that it's on sale, the news has one article nearly everyday showing all the idiots who lined up to buy it. Seriously, it makes me wretch, the Apple employees clapping and cheering, the consumers saying stupid [cabbage] about the Ipad, and more consumers feeling so "proud" of themselves for buying into the Apple trend. It's style porn, and it's disgusting.

 

As for the Ipad itself, I don't plan on buying one.

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The simplicity of the average consumer makes me facepalm

I agree with that.

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I have to say, your paying for the logo. That's one of the reasons people buy it.

 

You could slap an Apple Logo on a pile of [cabbage] and people will buy it.

(This coming from an Apple Supporter, not mac though.)


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First, I saw the iPad, and I was like :D. Then I read no flash support, and i was all :(

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First, I saw the iPad, and I was like :D. Then I read no flash support, and i was all :(

 

Well to be fair, I have the Flashblock add-on in Firefox, so what's the difference, really? :wink:

 

Not that I am a big fan of any type of portable device; I guess I am just a mobile Luddite. I could see myself misplacing the device or having it stolen, along with a pantsload of my stored passwords or other stuff.


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http://b.wardje.eu/post/494058758 and http://b.wardje.eu/post/495049186 :P

 

Down with the iPad! Building further on the flawed design of the iPhone and its App Store gives me shivers.

 

"For creative people, this device is nothing." as well as Tinkerer's Sunset are interesting things to read up on :)

Huh? There's nothing inherently bad about the iPhone or the app store. It could be better, yes, but it's not bad.

The App store pretty much embodies all that open source is not about. You have to sign a legal agreement to start developing, the APIs themselves are mostly proprietary, Apple's app approval process is entirely opaque and apps are removed as it pleases Apple, which pretty much rules with an iron fist. Apps may not replace anything that comes with the iPod/iPhone (Mozilla can't put mobile Firefox on the App store because it already has Safari).

First, I saw the iPad, and I was like :D. Then I read no flash support, and i was all :(

Flash support can burn. I couldn't care less, although I must say it was still a bad decision on Apple's part.


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I have no use for this silly toy.

 

And yes, it's all about the logo now, not the innovation.


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On a side note... Apple gave us a sneak peek of the iPhone OS 4.0.

But, it isn't availble for the iPhone 2g, or iPod Touch 1g, and is limited on the iPod Touch 2g and iPhone 3G.

 

We get backgrounding (Finally), Multi-tasking(You can't even quit the apps, your iPod decides for you when it will :blink:), Folders, iBooks, and other features.

 

Nothing my Jailbreak can't do.


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Steve Jobs thinks he has a "paradigm shift" every time he drops a deuce.

 

Remember the Segway? What a revolution.

Steve Jobs didn't invent the Segway, Dean Kamen did.

 

Anyways, I think it has a decent bit of potential but there numerous small things really set it back. Right now it's the perfect grandparent toy though. I think it might be a decent or even a good alternative to netbooks by its second or third generation.


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