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January 28, 2010
In case you missed it (and it’s kind of hard to….) Steve Jobs and Apple unveiled the IPad.
Lots of folks out there writing about it:
* Mark Potts on Recovering Journalist
* TechCrunch: Top 10 Reasons The Apple iPad Will Put Amazon’s Kindle Out of Business
* CNET: Adobe speaks out about IPad Flash Omission
Jan 30, 2010 @ 13:59:58
I don’t know why everyone is going nuts over this. Even for journalists, I can’t see this being an upgrade over the expansive amount of technology that is already around.
At&T has been in the crapper with trying to upgrade their infrastructure to handle all that video bandwidth, and they continue to have problems ( I think they were the last company that banned cell phone tethering; and it is still heavily restricted unless you pay big moola for a tethering app ).
People have already forgotten the mess that Google went through putting out the Nexus One. There is going to be a glut with all of these machines, and the revenues of many of these companies will suffer.
Apple the most. They tried to keep the cost down on this thing by omitting a camera, and are trying to wage war with Adobe by letting go of Flash ( in favor of HTML 5 ).
Apple won’t have as big a market this year for the IPad. Unless their 2nd version is remarkably more sophisticated than this version, this will be flop reminiscent of other has-beens such as the Zune and Turbo Graphix 16.
As for a utility in journalism, of course it is a very superior product, but not so much that it would be worth the time and money.
Too many holes in the product, the companies strategies involved, the economy, and too much technology on the market for this thing. Barring an open contract where users could utilize data transfer with other companies ( Verizon ), this Ipad flops.
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