No, I’m not implying that Apple’s new IPad is like the Newton. But I am trying to remind readers of something…..
Apple has been a leader in “bleeding edge” technology for a long time. I remember while in college sitting in a political science course with Dr. Don Davison, the guy sitting next to me was using a Newton. Unfortunately for the Newton, it was way too early for most folks to adopt. It had a limited following, but that did not mean it wasn’t an amazing technology for the time. I think that was around 1990 or 91′. Wow!
Now, here’s Apple again with another advance in portable computing. Will it replace my laptop? Nope. Desktop? Nope. But that doesn’t mean that this device won’t be adopted. As a matter of fact, I bet Apple will sell the tar out of these this year. Will I be getting one?
Now, some of my favorite tech bloggers are out there very excited about the IPad. Reading Kelby’s site this morning he admonished the “feature counters” out there, and reminded all of us that folks didn’t think the IPhone would fly. Scott has a point, but that point still won’t get me to get an IPad yet. A few years ago when I worked in the wireless industry and had plenty of disposable income I would have gotten one immediately. Now owning my own business and being on a super tight budget, anything I buy has to be extremely useful!
The IPad is a very cool device! However, I need “multi-use” devices, I live in an Airstream. Almost every piece of technology that I own is used for more than one purpose. For the time being, the IPad isn’t it for me. If it had more storage space, a multi-tasking capability, etc., it would be on my radar screen. Could you imagine using it to off load images in the field? That screen would be amazing. A Lightroom App for the IPad combined with more storage space would make this a must have device for me almost immediately.
Oh, and the final issue that keeps me from adopting the IPhone or IPad. Internet service via AT&T. Didn’t you work for them on the networking side Rich? Why yes, I did, and I was proud to work for them. The AT&T network has been disappointing people in my area for years. 3G in Prescott? Nope. We’re too small. Dropped calls, dropped network connections? Yup. I so wish that the IPad’s network service would be selectable by end users, not predetermined.
So yes, Apple has released an cool new device. And I won’t be getting the first generation version. Now, with a few improvements you’ll find one in my Airstream. I figure I’ll wait for the second generation version! Until gen 2, I’ll keep using my IPod Touch, just love that device!