TMG Soapbox: The iPad, Apple’s Latest & Greatest

TMG Soapbox: The iPad, Apple’s Latest & Greatest

Written by on January 28, 2010 in [, , ]


by Brian Williams Some of you may remember Apple in 1998 when they released the Bondi Blue iMac with great fan fare. This was the product that turned Apple around. Steve Jobs was making Apple an industry leader with new announced products every few years. There was the first iPod in 2001 that is now the best selling music player in the world. Steve added video to the iPod in 2005… you remember the U2 video playing on the screen. People were now watching their favorite movies on their iPod. The iPhone was announced in June of 2007 as an all in one device that you could use to access the Internet, read your email, play games, and talk with your friends. Apple took the phone with extra features and turned it into a device that does everything and also happens to be a phone. Google Search was being accessed more by people with iPhones than any other device or computer. Over 8 million iPhones were sold in the last quarter of 2009.

On January 27th, 2010, Apple did it again. They announced what could be the greatest device ever… the Apple iPad. It’s not a giant iPhone and it’s not a laptop replacement. It fits somewhere in between. Let me get the specs out of the way right here. The iPad uses an Apple engineered A4 processor chip running at 1 GHz. This processor is very powerful but at the same time, very efficient. The iPad battery will last for ten hours while using it and for thirty days when in standby. The screen is a 9.7 inch, multi-touch, 1024×768 color display. The iPad includes Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 2.1, and optional 3G data. You can get it with 16, 32, or 64 gigabytes of flash storage. The best part is that it is backwards compatible with any iPhone or iPod Touch applications, music, podcasts, and movies that you already own. Just sync it up with iTunes and you are ready to go.

Now I know people are going to say that the processor isn’t fast enough or that there isn’t enough memory in it, but you have to remember that this is not a replacement for your laptop. This isn’t running a computer operating system where you can do anything you want. You are not going to be loading Microsoft Office on here or be playing the latest and greatest computer games with a mouse and keyboard. On the flipside, it is not just a bigger iPhone or iPod Touch. You can’t make phone calls with it and you aren’t going to carry it around in your pocket. Yet it does run almost all the iPhone applications available like Facebook, Google Earth, The Weather Channel, and even your favorite Tetris game. That makes it quite usable right out of the box.

The iPad is its own device. Yes, it runs the iPhone apps, but it can do so much more. Right now, iPhone developers are rewriting some of their applications to take advantage of the extra features on the iPad. New applications are being written just for the iPad. Check it out at www.apple.com/ipad/ and see what this thing can do. Apple’s own iWork product for iPad includes a word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation programs. This alone takes it above what the iPhone can do.

With the multi-touch display, viewing full Internet pages is just a swipe of the finger away. New features like pop-up menus and windows allow you to browse your email list and read them at the same time. Use the pinch to zoom and swipe features to flip through your favorite photos. Hold it up like a steering wheel and you can be racing other drivers in Need for Speed Shift. You can use your fingers to paint and draw on the screen, control your favorite movie, or scan your catalog of music and pick a great tune. The things you can do on here are limitless. Apple even announced the iBook store that will sell your favorite titles, by five great publishers, and allow to you to relax in bed and read your favorite story.

Admit it, Apple has done it again. They made a new product that will take the world by storm. You just need to remember that this not here to replace your laptop or your iPhone. It is a use-anywhere device. You are not constrained to setting it on your lap or desk like a laptop. You don’t have to worry about connecting a mouse to it or using a small touch pad to control a pointer or your on-screen windows. It uses the power of your finger to do anything you want, just about anywhere you want. Apple has always had a way of making things easier than they seem. That is their power. Make something that everyone can use without really having to read a huge manual.

The iPad will sell like the Nintendo Wii. Apple made it for those people who want to be connected to the world of computers without the complication of computers. Just like the Wii, it will be simple to pick up and use. A starting price of $499 isn’t bad either. This is just the start. Apple will enhance it over time and the iPad will be able to do even more than it does now. If you are one of the millions of iPhone and iPod Touch users, you already know how to use the Apple iPad. Now it’s time to take the next step and get one for yourself.

Opinions expressed in TMG Soapbox do not necessarily reflect the views of The Married Gamers, its staff, or community.

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