Leave it to Steve Jobs to fire up the reality distortion field and have us drooling over the next big thing from Apple. If Obama can time the bombing of Iranian nuclear facilities at the same time as an Apple Keynote address, we’d never know what our governments were up to.
Apple has done more than pump out new devices that initially get laughed at by the competition…which in turn are immediately copied in a confused state of panic that resembles the 3 Stooges disarming a bomb. The company is single handedly responsible for taking stuff like garageband music and podcasting and making it mainstream.
So, after sitting through the keynote address, what do I think?
I think when Steve Jobs runs out of black turtlenecks, it will signal the end of the world. Matter will implode upon itself, and we’ll awake in an alternate universe governed by talking carrots and powered by Commodore 64’s. You can’t argue with science.
The iPad is a intended to be a cross between the iPhone and a MacBook. It looks like a Star Trek touchpad, and does what Netbook PC’s have constantly failed to do. It is fast, intuitive, sleek, intuitive, convenient size, and intuitive. Did I mention intuitive?
Some features include WiFi, bluetooth, and optional 3G. It can sync with iPhoto, iTunes, use a special version of iWork, and play games…just to name a few.
Base models start at $499US. Not bad at all.
What online music did to hard copy music sales, it’s very possible the iTablet will do to paperbacks. Newspapers, books…it will be a one stop library, video centre, music storage, and hordes of Apps. This might…just MIGHT…be the hand of salvation to todays epileptic newspaper and media industry. That is unless they blow it like they have every other opportunity put before them by sanitizing content.
That’s the key for the iPAD. Tablet PC’s have been around for some time. What Apple is doing is supplying an easily accessible medium for the message. That is why the iPod sells like free sex, and the Zune sold like bulk ostrich manure.
If this goes as predicted, we may have another industrial revolution on the horizon.