Apple iPad officially announced

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So we're sitting around watching the big Apple presentation in the office today. Ranging from $499 to $829 based on capacity and 3G functionality, Apple says the new iPad has something for everyone, but personally, all I see is an overgrown iPhone. There seem to be some neat apps to deal with eReaders, video players, laptops, etc. as far as competition goes, and then of course there's a few obligatory accessories such as a dock with an attached keyboard. The 3G versions of the new iPad come unlocked, so for around $50, you can pick up a data package on T-Mobile. AT&T seems to be running around $40 a month (plus free usage of Wi-Fi hotspots). It looks like a neat toy and no doubt mac fans will flock to it, but it's just that IMO - a toy. I haven't seen price hikes like that over 16GB memory since, well, the iPod days.

Source: Engadget.com
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ipad over islate?

I can't wait for the photoshoppers to take off on this one with MAXiPAD.

I'll buy one, because this is what I have been waiting for.
PDF music sheets, swish a finger across to change the page!

Will see if can't just use the iphone's 30$ dataplan for the islate too..\

http://www.ipad.com/ heh.
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ipad over islate?


According to Jobs, yep. The maxipad thing was my first thought, too. Not sure about combining data plans, but it looked to me like they're planning on making it it's own entity. Time will tell.
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This is absolutely the dumbest product I have seen Apple put out. It is a giant iPhone, nothing innovative or neat about it.
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It's not even an giant iPhone. Phones can make calls. This is an oversized iPod touch.

- It runs all iPod/iPhone apps. Great. Most weren't designed for a device that size.
- It doesn't multitask.
- It has no physical keyboard. A keyboard attachment can be purchased separately, and awkwardly attached for a barely usable configuration.
- It doesn't multitask.

I echo grinch on this one.
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I can see this thing with updates replacing kitchen type laptops..
really you want music/movie/tv and internet..
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If it could run software like One Note or some other note taking software I could buy one for school. Giant tablet notebook for half the price.
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This is definitely something I think business owners who make house calls would like. Plumbers, painters, landscapers/lawn-maintainers, cable installers, etc.

I would have absolutely loved something like this when I painted houses.It would have made a bunch of things easier.

Completion forms could be signed electronically and sent to the office immediately. Paper copies could probably be printed out somehow for the homeowner on request. Commonly asked about literature could be found for homeowners quickly and never have stains on the pages or anything like that. Wouldn't need a GPS unit for finding a homeowners house, I'm sure this thing would be capable.
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SpooF wrote:
If it could run software like One Note or some other note taking software I could buy one for school. Giant tablet notebook for half the price.


They're offering their office product as an app for it.

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This is definitely something I think business owners who make house calls would like. Plumbers, painters, landscapers/lawn-maintainers, cable installers, etc.

I would have absolutely loved something like this when I painted houses.It would have made a bunch of things easier.

Completion forms could be signed electronically and sent to the office immediately. Paper copies could probably be printed out somehow for the homeowner on request. Commonly asked about literature could be found for homeowners quickly and never have stains on the pages or anything like that. Wouldn't need a GPS unit for finding a homeowners house, I'm sure this thing would be capable.


This thing is the Segway of IT. Companies and media say it'll change the world, and in reality, it turns out to be good for a very specialized group while everyone else gets the "meh." impression.
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I see it also as being quite a handy tool for students at uni or school. Rather than writing things down, and carrying what would appear a rather bulky laptop on comparison, you could have this which could be stored away quite practically and accessed easily.

I completely agree though, this is just a giant iPhone/iPod touch. I don't think people will start to appreciate what this iPad is all about until a year or so after it's release. It's the same with Windows Slate, it's something that i am surprise people feel there i need for yet i can see some day in the future it will have some sort of important role in the change of world technology. In 2020 we may be thinking that this was the item that defined the technology of the 2010's.
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In my case, the much larger screen of this thing would have made a big difference when comparing to an iPhone. I want to be able to hold it out like a clipboard and point to things for a homeowner without having to hold it up in anyones face.
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I'm sure it'll be awesome in about 3 generations. right now its typical Apple: lots of hype but missing most every feature that could make it useful. Lets hope for Stevie's sake that the "most important project of his life" doesn't end up in the same graveyard as the Apple TV and Newton.
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Jailbreakin it, adding iphone calling capabilities, and walking around like Zack Morris!!!!!!
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Google responds...

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Google responds...


not to be outdone apple releases.. the iwall
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this guy didn't have the $$ for apple or google

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Google crafts a huge Android to seek and destroy the iWall

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Cricket, as usual, joins the party a little late:

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Apparently this has been getting much plays lately:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsjU0K8QPhs
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Ohhhh! That was bad!

Which is exactly why it was funny! :lol:
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Actually IMO the giant green android may be funnier. That and the final few seconds of the skit keep flashing through my mind intermittently.

That is, when I'm not contemplating making my next fortune with fingerpaint computing. Or maybe scratch n' sniff interfaces. A real multi-media smorgasbord.

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