Reader Akis Alekozidis sent us a few mockups of apps running on the iPad. The multi-pane layouts are very similar to what we've seen Apple do so far in-house. Not bad, but where the heck is my fullscreen GIANT-BUTTONED CALCULATOR?
I have to agree with Jayhawk. As a physician, I have had quite a few chances to use the various touch input based gadgets over the years. There was a time I was even toting a Palm V! Electronic medical records are wonderful tools, and there have been a plethora of tablet PC's used as input devices for the records since the beginning.
However, they have all been plagued with truly poor touch interfaces. Everything took 2-3 seconds longer with the pen. Manipulating the information with your hand wouldn't even be considered since it would take five attempts to hit an on screen print button.
The ONLY reason I'm excited about the iPad is that Im assuming its touch interface will be as nimble as the iPhone's. The improved interface combined with the larger screen will hopefully make data recording, compiling forms, and doing orders on the fly much easier.
And with this device, I can finally browse the Wall Street Journal while doing a rectal exam.