Disclaimer: The information provided is not a substitute for legal and other professional advice where the facts and circumstances warrant. If any user or buyer requires advice or other professional assistance, each such user or buyer should always consult his or her own professional advisors or qualified third parties and discuss the facts and circumstances. The reviewer takes no responsible for any representations or warranties made and it is made on a non-professional capacity.
It was the most expected Apple product after the iphone. The Apple stock prices reached its peak since its incorporation a day before the launch of ipad only to drop by 4% as the ipad was unveiled a day later. So, is this reflective of the market sentiments about the ipad?
Do you remember when the ipod was released? It was really long time ago but I would like to draw your attention to the majority public perception then, which I think the below three comment summarize quite well.
EliteMacor: iPoop… iCry. I was so hoping for something more.
WeezerX80: Great just what the world needs, another freaking MP3 player. Go Steve! Where’s the Newton?!
Pants: Sounds very revolutionary to me. 😦 hey – heres an idea Apple – rather than enter the world of gimmicks and toys, why dont you spend a little more time sorting out your pathetically expensive and crap server line up? 😦 or are you really aiming to become a glorified consumer gimmicks firm? 😦
Nobody Special: No F-ing way: All that hype for an MP3 player? Break-thru digital device? The Reality Distiortion Field™ is starting to warp Steve’s mind if he thinks for one second that this thing is gonna take off.
Dave: I really wanted to like it. Really. But do the math: 20GB hard drive: $199 from APS tech. MP3 player: $50 from Best Buy. You save $150 plus get an extra 15 Gig of storage!
Yet, only in a matter of few years; ipod is the biggest thing in the MP3/MP4 market.
So, I just think it boils down to the brilliance of Steve Job; his pure ability to identify a market gap and bring the attention of the customer to that gap, which even the customer never taught existed.
I think I should attempt to deal with the disadvantages of ipad first;
1. No Multi-tasking;
Let me say this straight up: The iPad (and the iPhone) supports background processes. It supports multiple processes, and it can do this without any adverse effects on your battery life. This capability however, is reserved for built in applications, and not for third party applications. So you can listen to music, receive emails, and have the iTunes app download podcasts while you send out tweets through your twitter client and use IM. The reason for not supporting third party apps is look at what has happened to the jailbreak iphones; most of them have terrible battery life due poor performance and battery consumption of third party apps. So, to give that 10 hours battery life with increase performance, Apple just restricted your multi-tasking abilities not prevented it.
2. No flash support:
Please, this is the worst one; the debate on the effectiveness of flash compared to other technologies like html 5 has gone on for the last decade and yet not settled. Some say Html 5 is just a better mode; providing for better typography through CSS and is less prone to crashes. Most browser are experiencing with this and even youtube has their videos in hmtl 5 mode. Most programmers are split of the better choice and Apple choosing one over the other doesn’t make Apple’s choice wrong. And if you can learn one thing from Apple is that they always manage to identify future potential and opportunities.
3. Storage too small:
For the people who watched the official intro by Steve Jobs; he said it was the “third” category of Apple products. Hence, basically no one is expecting you to have a ipad as the ONLY electronic device with you. It would be justifiable to assume that you either have a laptop/desktop or smartphone. Hence, the synchronization ability of these products enables users to appropriately manage their space. And honestly, did you really want a 250 GB ipad which ain’t this sleak ?
4. No Camera: Really ? What do users really want? a camera, wide screen, faster processor, full Mac OS hardware base running software! and at a low price. Seriously, we have to be practical and the exclusion of the camera would have just been a cost saving move. And mostly, most ipad users would have an iphone, imac/macbook and even digital camera. Why on earth another camera? Maybe people just want to have everything irrespective of its practical usefulness in that context
6. No USB: no USB or Ethernet ports is a problem since it can be inconvenient to get an external support called “adapters”. But, I wouldn’t consider this a dealbreaker since it may milk the buyer off some more money but end of day it is still workable.
On the plus side:
Instead of holding on to your old notions of how computers should work, take a look at what the new offers. The iPad is a half inch thick device, with multi-touch, forever connected to the internet, simplified, focused, affordable, and most importantly, can be superbly productive. Sure it won’t be just as efficient and productive as your desktop or laptop, and that’s why they will continue to remain production machines, but given the iPad’s size and mobility it would definitely open up a new market which netbooks only falsely assumed they were targeting and capturing.
Finally, a look at the people’s really issues with the ipad;