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is that intentional?
very clever and impressive, but anyone with half a brain will wait for v2, which will invariably include multitasking and USB ports.
v2 will not have usb...and there is probably a 30% it will have multitasking
it'll invariably be in software.
the iphone 1st gen has enough punch to replace your desktop computer for most tasks...but if apple allowed bluetooth keyboard access...vga out etc who would buy an overpriced macbook?
Same fate awaits the ipad
Multitasking in a mobile OS isn't as straightforward as people think. Android allows it, and Android frequently runs like shit without an autokiller app running. Note also that Windows Mobile 7 won't include mulitasking. It isn't a case of crippling the software; it's a development issue that needs a lot of work.
I also disagree that an iphone 1st gen (or 3rd gen for that matter) has the power to do what a current macbook does. A basic netbook maybe. And if you put VGA out in an iphone you'd signifiantly increase the size of it. And is it worth noting here that the ipad does allow bluetooth keyboard access..?
what a dick
that it's a ridiculous luxury item.
If I'm at home then I'd rather watch a movie on my nice big LCD television. One or other of my 2 iPods is always in my pocket when not charging and for portability my Macbook doesn't exactly weigh a ton.
As for the whole ereader/Kindle thing....I just prefer to read the old fashioned paper way.
Whilst never an early adopter, I'm a sucker for this sort of thing usually.
Laptops are getting smaller all the time, mobiles are getting more powerful all the time. It may be the first invention in history that's obsolete before it's actually been launched.
All the ipad offers is proof that even the most intelligent people will lap up any old shit with the right branding and marketing campaign.
The first thing that a number of industry people said when the iphone came out was 'put a ten inch screen on this and you'll sell a million.'
What people don't seem to get is that scaling up the size of the thing changes the function of it; the iphone/touch isn't useful for any tasks that involve work or reading (and I still think web and films are a bit awkward on devices that size).
When you say it's obsolete, you maybe need to have a read of the first hands-ons with it. I'm interested because it's the first bit of kit where the tablet thing is well implemented. People talk about it being a product that nobody wants or needs; the same thing was said about the iphone and the wii.
It's funny to see Microsoft's answer to it as well (the Courier; also an impressive spec, but still a concept for now). It doesn't go overboard on features, but relies on a very specific software interface. Netbooks have sort-of fallen by the wayside in the last couple of years, and I think devices like this will have sewn up that end of the market in a decade or so.