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This is the obligatory blog post of the new … erm Tablet iPad, which has a 9.7in full-colour touch-screen, and can be used to watch movies, surf the internet, listen to music, view photos, and read ebooks and digital versions of newspapers and magazines. Jobs described the device as a “truly magical and revolutionary product”.

  Considering I’m a 1907 man in a 2010 world and that my mobile phone doesn’t even have a camera – nahh, gimme a proper book instead.

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38 thoughts on “THE NEW-FANGLED APPLE PLACEMAT THINGY

  1. My reaction is mixed. It’s beautiful and fantastic but it’s anchored to a PC/Mac whereas I thought it would be run from the cloud. I’d love one but I’m not sure I need one enough to justify it. Ideally I’d get a present of one.

  2. Oh yes please!!!!!!!

    Once upon a time many many years ago, not long before Christmas my mother brought me into a shop to show me a doll. She was beautiful, With blonde curly hair a pretty face and a lovely red dress. She asked me if I would like it and I remember thinking how lovely if that beautiful thing could be mine.

    I am getting that same feeling now :o)

    Mahons I am a sucker with taste!!!

  3. And I thought an iPad was a feminine hygiene item!…I suppose being an Apple gizmo, I wasn’t too far off the mark!…do they do one with wings?

  4. Ur nt al0ne Pete, my mobie dznt hav a cam eithr. Still I cn txt all my m8z & say r u up 4 a beer this w/end? OMG, did u c hooz bin evctd from BB? LOL!
    (Shameless attempt from a 40-something to pretend I’m still a hip kiddo! Well, what else can you do?)

  5. we bought my sister the other thingy that you can get for reading books, same thing just PC software instead of Mac software.

    I wouldn’t own one, gimme a book, I’d break the damn thing.

    Hell my laptop has a crack in it and it’s less than a year old. However I have boxes and boxes of books some decades old.

  6. This thing will be huge. It will kill Amazon’s Kindle and the other eReaders.
    Once again the Steve Jobs reality distortion field came into force, but seriously Apple have – once again – come up with a device that we didn’t know we needed it, but we do.
    And the designer behind this thing – a guy called Jonathon Ive – is a Brit. He designed the iMac, the iPod, the iPhone and now the iPad (which, by the way, is a terrible name. Clearly not a single woman was involved in the naming of this product).
    For a lot of people who use a laptop this is could be a better replacement – although not everyone. If you think about what you actually use your laptop for – this will cover the majority of uses. But then on top of that it will do a lot of stuff that yr laptop doesn’t do – or rather doesn’t do very well.
    So if you are a business guy and you do email, word, powerpoint, excel, browse the web – then this makes a lot of sense. It is very portable (weighs 1.5lbs) and has a 10 hour battery life. It would be great for commuting, really useful in meetings etc.
    If you are a student – or in schools – this is a brilliant device. And at a great price (and you can be sure that Apple will discount heavily for education).
    However, given some of the photographs of the correspondents of this site, I don’t think we constitute the target audience for this device. And despite being a techy kind of a guy – my phone just about has a camera but I don’t have a smartphone and actually don’t really see any need for one in my life – much as I might like the idea of this, it isn’t for me.

    Henry – does it not run from the cloud? It has WiFi and 3G. You can dock it but my understanding is you don’t need to.

  7. "However, given some of the photographs of the correspondents of this site, I don’t think we constitute the target audience for this device. "

    Miaow !

  8. Aileen,

    Quite right too. I defy anyone to watch the video (at http://www.apple.com/ipad) and not want one.

    That said, every now and then the Jedi mind trick stops working and all you see is a comically large iPhone 🙂

  9. Considering I’m a 1907 man in a 2010 world and that my mobile phone doesn’t even have a camera

    Too modest Pete. You frequently post music from your "Ipod thingy".

  10. Yeah, me a touchscreens don’t work too well, mostly due to the size of my paw. I can’t even use the scroller on a laptop properly. I actually need to plug in a mouse. I also hate Apple technology. I am a bit of a techie but they just bring out useless crap.

  11. In years to come we will all have one , just as we all have mobile phones but some thing just cannot be improved on. Reading a proper physical paper book is one. Easy, compact, convenient, immediate. The E book just cannot improve on that.

  12. I also hate Apple technology. I am a bit of a techie but they just bring out useless crap.
    Now where I come from, that is fighting talk …

    Sorry Colm – I can say this because I have less hair than even Mr Jobs up there … And I agree with yr 11:44. I would love to buy one – but I actually need a computer to do, er, computing stuff.

  13. Just this evening I saw a 40" HD TV in Tescos, priced £400. I’m severely tempted…but I’ve gotta know one thing: I’ve watched some Blu-Ray films at a mate’s house, and while the picture definition is great, the motion-judder (when the camera pans sideways, for example) is truly awful. It’s like watching a 1970’s PAL to NTSC conversion job. I’m utterly confounded as to how they’ve improved the picture definition, yet left the motion so utterly muzzed-up. I’m guessing that they’re using the original 24 frames-per-second videotape, yet failing to convert it to 25 fps PAL (for UK TV). Anyway, much as I’m impressed by the pixel definition, no way am I buying Blu-Ray or a HD-TV until they get the motion issue sorted out.

  14. The major problem I have with Apple is the major problem I have with Microsoft as well. In order to make something comercially successful they need to make it user friendly. And in order to make it user friendly you have to make it idiot friendly. I was using my sisters computer the other day. It had Vista on it (I hate Microsoft all much as much as I hate Apple). It took my 15 minutes to find the Command Prompt. That is the problem with all new Technology, Apple or Microsoft is that it is built for the complete spastics of the day to use.

  15. Colm,

    "Easy, compact, convenient, immediate. The E book just cannot improve on that."

    I kind of agree but I won’t miss bringing a heavy suitcase full of books on holidays. Well, I will a bit. But the idea of having an entire library in something the size and weight of a single book really appeals.

    Some time ago there was talk of a display device using e-ink that was also flexible like real paper – imagine a book where the pages could rewrite themselves like something out of Harry Potter. That would be perfect.

    Tom,

    "I’m utterly confounded as to how they’ve improved the picture definition, yet left the motion so utterly muzzed-up. "

    It’s probably because the screen has a slow response time. More expensive ones have faster response times and better contrast and so on. If you get a smaller screen size – 32" say – you can still get a pretty OK one for about £300. It doesn’t need to be full 1080 HD either as the difference is not visible to the human eye at normal viewing distance for a 32" screen.

  16. Seamus
    Don’t get me started on Vista. I have to use it at work (well I don’t, I use my laptop – my lovely shiny Apple laptop). Sometimes -when I am feeling very hard core – I use my Ubuntu box.
    You know all those ads that go "Windows 7 – that was my idea"? Strange how you never get one that goes "Windows Vista – that was my idea".

  17. >>’Ive watched some Blu-Ray films at a mate’s house, and while the picture definition is great, the motion-judder (when the camera pans sideways, for example) is truly awful.<<

    If that bothers you, keep away from Avatar in 3D. The movie is stupendous – like going into space without the boredom of all those countdowns – and the zooms and "rolling" shots are just fantastic. But it also falls down exactly on that ugly "motion judder" effect you mention. Strange they can’t get that right. I was also sitting near the front and had a headache after about 20 mins.
    The whole thing was worth a hundred headaches, tho.

  18. You have to admire Steve Jobs cheek in that video. Nobody else in the world could get away with an announcement like this.

    "What this device does is extraordinary. You can surf the web with it."

    Get out of town! You can surf the web with it, you say? Surely this is science fiction! Cancel my meetings for the rest of the day!

  19. All I know is that nearly everyone I know who has an Apple product – computer or Ipod loves what they have.

    I’m going to live with my PC for another year or a bit more – Windows XP works fine, etc. — and then I may take a really close look at an Apple product. I very much dislike the idea of touch screen though. Which may keep me from ever having an Iphone or an Ipad. Because the lack of a keyboard is a design flaw IMHO.

  20. Frank

    Not sure that it is actually tied to a PC/Mac Henry.

    What I mean is that you will still keep your music, books etc on a Mac and sync with the iPad. I thought they might have a google docs type system where you would keep them online and not need a primary computer at all. But they have to be somewhere in case the iPad gets robbed or lost.

    The difference is that you would be more likely to have a desktop than a laptop now because the iPad would do you on the road.

  21. I was kinda hoping there would be a post on the iPad. Its nice to see what sides people end up on when the discussion is not political. To see who ends up siding with who

    Once again the Steve Jobs reality distortion field came into force, but seriously Apple have – once again – come up with a device that we didn’t know we needed it, but we do.

    Overall, im very disappointed with the iPad. Im a mac person, have been since the Mac classic. iPod, iPhone, and all the rest. Only last week I took delivery of my new 27" imac. ( that information probably wasnt necessary, but i just had to tell someone 🙂 )

    What I was looking for from the iPad, was something new, something as revolutionary as the iPhone was, and I dont believe that this device is at all revolutionary. Evolutionary maybe, but nothing really radical.

    I was looking for a front facing camera at a minimum. For this device to be revolutionary, for me anyway, required it to have an edge in telecommunications, and a front facing camera, with skype (or some other voip app) running with video would have been truly impressive. You can surf the web on it!.. wow. Youve done that apple.. next!

    I expected them to tackle the multi-tasking problem. again, its not there. you need yo shut down your current app to go to the next. Not good enough really.. not good enough for the iPhone either.

    The OS is iPhone OS, its even the same software development kit. This device needed something more then a phone OS.

    They claim to have gotten 10 hrs out of the battery, id be well surprised if the real usage results come anywhere close to that.

    So for me, ill just have to wait on the next generation, where hopefully something truly revolutionary will come out.. in the mean time, iPhone 4… countdown begins

  22. Very fair assessment Kloot. The lack of multi-tasking is a deal-breaker for me. Sort that out – put a webcam on it and then you may well have something. It was Bill Gates of all people (and by the way where are Microsoft in all of this?) who said never buy v1.0 of anything. And he would know (remember Windows 1.0 – oh, my eyes, my eyes …)
    I see this as an enterprise product first, and a home product second. This is like a netbook – only a gabillion times sexier. If I were some corporate IT-wallah then a closed down device that does everything I want it to do, but for £350 – looks like a contender to me. A lot rests on how good the on-screen keyboard is. Also were I a headteacher and looking to buy a bunch of cheap laptops I might well look at this (though how resilient they are is a question).

    (And very jealous of your 27" iMac by the way. I am sure it is lovely. My ancient PowerBook G4 is really showing its age …).

  23. I see this as an enterprise product first, and a home product second. This is like a netbook – only a gabillion times sexier. If I were some corporate IT-wallah then a closed down device that does everything I want it to do, but for £350 – looks like a contender to me. A lot rests on how good the on-screen keyboard is. Also were I a headteacher and looking to buy a bunch of cheap laptops I might well look at this (though how resilient they are is a question).

    Yeah, I can see where you are coming from there with that. There is no doubt they will sell them, and sell loads of em. I suppose I just have very high expectations from them.

    One thing that does look great on them is games.. wow.. great device for that. as is the iPhone. I signed up to the developer program when it came out but ive not as of yet gotten down to developing anything for it. the biggest problem is getting the idea, then there is the problem of getting off ones rear to put the idea into action

    Frank, you do a bit of development for the iPhone do you not ? Hows that going

  24. One day on and I can’t get over the name. That could well be the saving of me (and my pennies).

  25. I’m surprised they went with I-Pad. Apart from the feminine products connection, it’s too close to I-pod. I think I-Tab would have been better.

  26. Kloot,

    "I expected them to tackle the multi-tasking problem. again, its not there. you need yo shut down your current app to go to the next. Not good enough really.. not good enough for the iPhone either."

    It’ll probably come when they have sorted out how to present it in a way that your mother could understand, and there is an iPhone that can handle it well without killing the battery.

    I think they probably have deliberately kept it simple – for example they could easily have allowed multiple iphone apps to run side by side or even in overlapping windows on that big screen. It would have been cool and even useful, but very confusing for the target audience.

    What they’ve done is exactly what most people expected, just with a lower price. When I first got hold of an iPhone i was blown away by how good the web browser was. But one of my first thoughts was ‘I’d love something like this, but with a bigger screen’. Well here it is.

    "Frank, you do a bit of development for the iPhone do you not ? Hows that going"

    I’ve written a couple of apps now, the first was just a fairly simple anagram thing for word games to teach myself how to do it. The second one is a location based thing that lets you tag and rate locations and leave reviews/notes. No millions yet but then they are free 🙂 They are called ‘megawords’ and ‘word on the street’ if you want to have a look.

    I’m starting to get to work on a task/time management thing that (ironically) I’ve had in mind to write for years. I may charge for that one to see how that goes. There are some nice ones available already but none of them work the way I want.

  27. Frank (the rest of you can look away)
    To turn this into a real geek-fest, what is objective C like? I have done a ton of PHP, RoR that kind of stuff, as well as ActionScript, and quite fancy turning my hand to an app or two.
    Did you cough up the $99 for the SDK?

  28. Strange how you never get one that goes "Windows Vista – that was my idea".

    Vista probably cost Microsoft ( and the PC makers ) a bundle, and certainly helped Apple to get back as a real force.

    i work for a pretty big company, and we never " upgraded " to Vista. We’ll be one of the many I guess who switch straight to 7 from XP

  29. Yeah – sorry about that – I was geeking out there.
    I can slag off some crazy rIght-wing conspiracy theories if that would help?

  30. "To turn this into a real geek-fest, what is objective C like? I have done a ton of PHP, RoR that kind of stuff, as well as ActionScript, and quite fancy turning my hand to an app or two."

    I was very put off by Objective-C initially – learning a new language as well as new platform was a bit daunting – but I quite like it now. I think it would be easy for someone who knows java to pick up. Maybe you could pick it up with an RoR background but it helps to know something that is like ‘C’ – even javascript might help. You just have to get used to the weird syntax and learn what is available in the SDK.

    I found it impossible to get anywhere though until I got a book – the pragmatic programmer’s book is pretty good. A plus is that what you are actually learning is the Cocoa-touch which is pretty close to what you’d use to program a Mac app – and of course now also exactly what you’d use to write for the iPad.

    "Did you cough up the $99 for the SDK?"

    Yes, not much alternative there. There are some free compilers etc but if you want to have stuff in the app store and have the SDK as well you have to pay the $99 (yearly, too).

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