I have used the Windows operating system for the majority of my time with technology. For over a decade, I was welcomed to my computer by the plain black of MS-DOS, the solid blue wallpaper of the Windows Classic theme or the glowing green of the hills of Windows XP. Throughout its time as a Release Candidate, I was even welcomed by the scales of the Siamese fighting fish in Windows 7. But then, I got hooked on Apple.
I’ll reiterate once again: I’m not a Mac fanboy. I can quite confidently say that it is the best operating system I’ve ever used, but I’m open minded to anything that any other company produces and I change my way of working appropriately. I appreciate how much Microsoft and other rivals have done for technology. But Apple has once again amazed me – with the outstanding beauty, and amazing potential, of its new device: not the iSlate, but the iPad.
Apple have already published all of the information about the new product on their official website. Today, the company spilled the beans on the device. Earlier this month I wasn’t sure about the “iSlate”, or from today onwards, the “iPad”, but I’ve now got a better impression of the product and I’m eager for the release date.
WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO:
- LED-Backlit 9.7inch Screen – Apple’s promotional material has made me incredibly excited about the iPad’s screen. It just looks so vivid – the color packed into Disney’s Up look so amazing and crisp, as if I could almost reach out and catch one of the floating balloons. The rumors were incredibly varied – everything from 7 inches into double figures. But this size seems to be just right: not so bulky you wouldn’t want to carry it around with you, but not so small that you won’t get any more benefit from the iPad instead of the iPhone.
- Familiarization – Apple say that the familiar sense that people will get when they use the iPad, that is if they own an iPhone, was part of their “vision”. I’m sure this is certainly going to be of great help to many people and support them in using a new product. The iPhone is the world’s most widely-used smartphone. Millions of people from around the world use the advanced technology incorporated into the iPhone everyday. They already know how to work the device, and hopefully this confidence and knowledge of the workings will carry over to the iPad, because it’s something we can connect with, something we may already know. Judging by how easy it seemed to operate the iPhone, and the great documentation that is available from Apple and unofficially from the internet, I’m sure those customers without an iPhone will pick up the operation of the device without struggle.
- Orientation Features and Sharing The iPad – I was delighted by the revolutionary technology that was incorporated into the iPhone itself. Being able to turn the phone and have my work, or my message, or my picture, or my video turn with the phone impressed me and made things much easier. The video demonstrations from Apple show that the iPad will be following the same concept. Apple, however, seems to have developed this concept even more. With the iPad, we’ll be able to simply flip the device with the screen pointing in any direction and in any position to show the person opposite us and the iPad will modify the display and orientation on the screen. Not only that, but the IPS technology in the screen will allow people sitting next to the user at the time to see what’s going on, without the restrictions of being on a different angle. Apple say that we won’t need to change ourselves to fit the machine, because it will fit however we want to work.
- iBooks – If I’m honest, I’d rather pay the little bit extra for this device upon which I can browse the web, watch videos, visit YouTube, view pictures and read a book in a format I am familiar with than buy a Kindle. I think the iPad is more visually appealing too. I’m a big reading fan, so this device seems to do it all for me. I’ll be interested to see how the iBooks Store actually works, and how well priced the literature it sells is.
- Price – I’m not complaining too much. I understand that you can buy fully-fledged laptops for this price today, but is it as portable as the iPad? And more importantly, how well does the operating system run? Perhaps I’m slightly divided and questioning how much people would be prepared to pay for a device which may not satisfy their every laptop-related needs.
- Web Browsing and E-mail – Just like the iPhone, the iPad appears to be incredibly easy to use when it comes to web browsing and e-mail with the iPad’s specialist e-mail client. The size of the screen, once again, has delighted me. It means I’ll be able to see even more of a page without scrolling: and even when I do scroll, the videos show it to be as smooth as the iPhone itself.
- Being Able To Use (Just About) All Of My iPhone Apps – It would seem that Apple are going to allow us to use all of our old iPhone applications on the new iPad. It appears as if they’re making a fantastic effort contacting and allowing developers to create specialized applications. The videos suggest we’ll be able to press a part of the screen and the traditional iPhone application will be enlarged to the size of the iPad. Simple – let’s hope it works without problem.
- Portability – I’d rather carry this round with me than a laptop; how practical this will actually be is a topic for debate, but I’m sure we’ll soon find out.
WHAT I’M NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO:
- Typing – I’ve seen the software engineers and vice presidents using the device and typing with the on-screen keyboard in the video demonstrations. To put it lightly, I’m a bit worried. The employee appeared to be positioning his hands at a rather strange angle, presumably so that he didn’t catch the other keys on the screen. I’d see this causing some rather painful sessions with regards to the wrists and makes me wonder as to whether or not this will be a major let down for what otherwise appears to be a great product? The employee also seemed to be typing rather slowly, as if it would be impossible to type at high speeds, which would certainly put me off.
- No Apple Mac Software – My previous complaint was that I’d want to see some Apple Mac software. I understand that it isn’t actually based on the iPhone OS, but it would be fantastic to have some iMovie functionality for when I’m on the go. I think that it would be quite a fun task for Apple to play around with, and more importantly, the Mac software would be revolutionized with touch-screen capabilities.
- No USB Ports – This can’t be serious. USB has been perhaps the primary standard for data transfer and in many cases device capability, and for Apple not to include these ports, which are heavily relied on for a great deal of tasks, is quite a stupid move. And, as Chris Pirillo pointed out, the fact that you can buy adapters to create this functionality is absurd.
- No Camera – Not even an iPhone quality camera? Surely that wouldn’t have bumped the price up too much? This means that the iPad will lack when it comes to the video conferencing capabilities, which will put many businesses off the idea, forcing them to stick to laptop computers.
I can’t wait to get my hands on this device to see if it lives up to the incredible standards that Apple is promising. And just as soon as I do, I’ll be sure to let you all know. In the meantime, I want to hear all of your first impressions, so please leave a comment to let us know.
What do you think of the iPad? Is it a better name than the iSlate? Do you think Apple made a last minute switch to the alternative name? Are you looking forward to the features available? Are you happy about the price? Will you be buying the product? Do you have something else to say? Use the comment feature below.
For more information on the product, you can see www.apple.com/ipad.