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Some meandering thoughts and pretty pictures here:
It still just seems to me to be something too unwieldly to function as a phone and not as useful as a computer. I mean I've never thought "Oh Christ, I wish my Mac were a bit smaller'. It's a good compact size (including for internet browsing whilst watching TV) and I can't see the need for a new device.
Similarly with music I can see how it'll be better than a phone but can't see how it'll be advantageous over an actual Mac (even once you factor the smaller size in it's still sufficiently big to be midly impractical so you might as well carry your mildly impractical laptop around instead.
Maybe I'll change my mind once I see the thing but I'm still pretty bemused as to what the fuss is about.
I think maybe the target audience could be people who have a giant iMac or Mac Pro for serious work who want something they can carry around without worrying quite so much about losing/ breaking anything important, rather than just having a 17" macbook pro to fill both roles when it's too big to be truly portable, not as powerful as a desktop and too valuable to be throwing in your bag everywhere you go.
Have you seen this?
A hardware controller for Akai's iphone/itouch app. I can only assume that a future version of this thing will have the ipad in mind. I don't know if it gets around the headphone-jack output issue; that's a pretty big point. The idea of a mobile sound workstation that's just a 10in touchscreen and a hardware controller is pretty sexy to me.
Speaking as someone who's toyed with idea of using a laptop on stage for guitar processing, I can see some key differences with something like the ipad. For one thing, my laptop is my main computer; damaging it would be a shitbox. Secondly, where my laptop goes, my power supply and external soundcard would have to as well. It means finding a spot to prop it up safely, and making a good few connections. Adding a midi controller would make this worse. I like the idea of using it standalone like a tenori-on too; the difference there would be that you can stand up and move around with it. (Well, you could do that with a laptop but you'd look weird)
I'm looking forward to a more open alternative to this thing too; but I think it's a way off unfortunately. I'd have thought that for the forseeable future all the innovative music apps are going to be through Apple's application store..
was that it could be worth the $500 or whatever it costs here if someone makes a great app for use as a control surface... possibly in the tenorion style but i guess the possibilities are massive.
each model has wi-fi built in. There are a couple of mooted ways of transmitting MIDI (or equivalent) info this way with very little latency, which might open up the floor a bit too. I've seen a Nintendo DS used in this way. I'm wondering if someone could also produce some sort of wireless dongle that goes into a standard midi port..
work fine on a iphone..
why would I want it on a bigger version of the iphone?
Sunvox will benefit from the larger virtual keyboard on the ipad but not for that price.
If you HAPPEN to have an ipad for other things you will find a use...but no..not really