Now that we've seen the iPad in the light of day, there's a lot of chatter about what it can't do. But Apple is now a massive threat to anything not a PC or smartphone. Here's why:
File this one under "Annals of Passive-Agressiveness": At today's iPad event, Apple scratched McGraw-Hill from the presentation slide displaying the various educational partners for the iPad, after McGraw Hill CEO
Harold McGraw III blabbed to MSNBC about the iPad the day before the event. WAY TO SHOW THEM,…
Only way to interpret the launch of the iPad? Apple has declared the PC dead. Well-crafted but closed devices are their future of consumer computing. And if no one else can match the iPad experience, they may be right.
A lot of people at Gizmodo are psyched about the iPad. Not me! My god, am I underwhelmed by it. It has some absolutely backbreaking failures that will make buying one the last thing I would want to do. Updated
The iPad really is a giant iPhone—so much so that if you want to get a laptop-like experience out of it, you'll need adapters to change the typical 30-pin connector into USB, SD, or AC power. Correction:
If you still haven't gotten your fill of the iPad here are some official pictures to satisfy your appetite.
It's substantial but surprisingly light. Easy to grip. Beautiful. Rigid. Starkly designed. The glass is a little rubbery but it could be my sweaty hands. And it's fasssstttt.
When we first heard the rumor of a kickstand for the tablet, we laughed. But actually, Apple's case/kickstand makes sense. It's made from leather, and works as both a case and stand, optimizing your movie viewing.
Thought you could get away with spending just $499 on the iPad? Oh no. There's going to be an official Apple keyboard dock for easier typing, which Jobs himself demonstrated the need for earlier with his few typos.
Google Maps on the iPad isn't significantly different from Google Maps on the iPhone. But Street View? It's huge. As is the Eiffel Tower.
So is reading a book on Apple's iPad any better than a Kindle? Well, you have complete page flipping control. And that's something.
Just as we thought, iWork 2010 was announced today, and it's taking full advantage of the new iPad's capabilities, namely multitouch. It's the most exciting thing to happen to slide-based presentation software in decades.
We said it long ago: The Apple iPad will redefine newspapers, textbooks, magazines. Were we right? Is Apple bringing a media revolution? Oh, it'll get there.
One of the new apps that will run on the iPad is a fancy multitouch painting app called Brushes. It's got all the brushes and palettes and stuff that you'd expect from such an app.
Don't worry, friends! The hundreds of dollars you've spent on fart apps will not have gone to waste with the iPad: it can fart, too. Just smaller, and in the middle of the screen.
The brand-new Apple iPad, contrary to prior rumors, is available in two networked versions, one with just Wi-Fi and one with Wi-Fi and 3G. Full hardware spec list, constantly updated, after the jump.