okay, it's about the iPad...

Seriously, what else would I blog about after last week's Apple excitement? As I write this blog, I'm doing it on my MacBook. Sure you can call me an Apple fanboy because I have more than one iPod and I'm mostly OSX. Although I believe in bilingualism when it comes to operating systems, I'm not gonna get into that right now since that's not what the topic of this post is.


Soo with all the excitement building and speculation flying and apples falling from the tree, what did Apple drop from the tree?


Without getting too much into details like other tech blogs, I'll just touch on a few interesting points that I observed after I spent the last week listening to every tech podcasts out there talking about this new magical creation by the big Apple.


To start things off, iPad, possibly the worst name ever for an Apple product or any tech product for that matter... Its like a note pad, it needs to have an "i", oh and it'd be cook to rhyme with iPod. Lets call it iPad! OKAY! *cheers* nobody asked Steve Jobs if he was a tampon or pad user. But by the name he chose, obviously he's pro-pad.  (insert menstrual and pad jokes)


So all the Apple fans are all lined up at the store waiting for this pad.  There's quite a few like me who are disgruntaled because we didn't get what we wanted from Steve. Like a child asking it's parents for the new Nintendo Wii. We whine and whine until we get what we wanted.  I think people forgot that they said the Apple tablet will be like a giant iPod Touch. And that's exactly what we got.  To match the giant screen of this over sized iPod is a custom Apple A4 chip.  Beyond that, nothing else is special about the hardware (LED ISP display..not sure if anyone cares since its not OLED)  


So here's my dissapointment when I opened up the box under the Christmas tree...
The obvious thing for Apple to do was to make a giant iPod Touch. They've done that before and it worked well and it worked for 2 products sharing the same OS.  And now they've made another product with the same OS.  The pad sports the next iPhone OS that's coming out logically this June.  To me, it looks like they were just being lazy and going with the obvious choice of OS. Sure all the existing (and I use "all" loosely as the keynote said "most")  It'll be interesting to see how Apple chooses who gets to upgrade their app and have it run on the new tablet iPod.  I wonder if Amazon will have the Kindle app on the iPad store since it is after all taunted as the "Kindle Killer" And even if Amazon DOES indeed do so, would Apple let the app into the store considering Apple will be running their own iBookstore.


Hmm.. so far it doesn't sound that exciting to me. Then throw in some iWorks and stuff, make the pad more "productive"  So we went this product to be simple and easy to use like our existing product so more people would adopt and get it.  I said I wouldn't sign another data contract and I stand by it since I already pay for "unlimited data" for my iPhone. So Apple release the pad 3G with no contract and $10 less than the iPhone data plan. You get all you can eat for $29.99. So now all we have to do is figure out what kind of plate AT&T gives us.  Will we be limited to 10MB per download like on the iPhone? I can't imagine downloading a 10MB HD video from the iTunes store.. My guess is that those large medias will have to be over wi-fi or synced from your iTunes. 


So its not going to be easy to get media on this content consuming device. I guess everything can be streamed right? Or maybe not since there's no Flash on the browser...
I guess it'll be easy to do so with the great coverage of AT&T? I think not...


From Apple

  • Environmental requirements
  • Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)
  • Nonoperating temperature: -4° to 113° F (-20° to 45° C)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
  • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)

This is interesting.. according to Apple, the maximum operating altitude is 10,000 feet... The operating altitude for the regular commercial plane is about 30,000 feet. So this tablet that I want to use on my 5 hour flight to the east coast will not work on the plane? 


If you watch the keynote, you'll notice numbers being thrown at you about the large number of content purchased, users registered with creditcards on iTunes, and all these users who are ready for a new product.  

SOOoo.. you have a product with existing user base and a proven store model that will make you a lot of money. Sounds great on paper.. but after I thought about it. It's really not as easy as they made it seem.  First of all, all the late adopters of iPhone 3GS, will all still be under AT&T's contract, and since the tablet is not under contract, it's out of their price range and they're not gonna pay for unlimited data for 2 devices. Even if they wait until their contract is up, port their number to google voice and abandon the iPhone all together, they will have to dodge the 2010 iPhone update, AND the 2011 iPhone update.  AND if they decide not to upgrade twice, then they will consider the pad. So that will put the existing iPhone users a year out before they can upgrade without having 2 of the same device.  Now some would argue that they can get the wi-fi version only but you know that they're so used to accessing the web with 3G that they'll want the 3G model. 



So another camp that says the tablet is a Kindle killer, I think its more of an upgrade FOR Kindle users. But is it a logical upgrade? Maybe, maybe not. I believe that the majority of Kindle users got the reader just for that, to read books. It's not good for reading anything with pictures.. so what? They got it to read books so they dont' have to stare at a computer screen after a day of doing so at work.  I know if I was a reader I'd wanna read on a Kindle.  Now for the people who say that this is a mixed media device for reading things like the New York Times. What you just described was the NewYorkTimes' website.  It's got text, color images, audio and video.  You can read it on your computer.  


Ok.. so who is the target buyer for this pad?
Simple... 
Apple users who have an iTunes account...
who has an iPhone or iPod Touch...
who reads books on the Kindle but wants to upgrade to a color e-book reader...
who doesn't mind having to pay for 2 unlimited data services with AT&T...


am I gonna buy one? the short answer is no. 
will I upgrade in the future? perhaps... I still want a real touch screen computer.