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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Can the iPad Be Any More Hyped Up

Out of the three thousand posts I have sorted through, more than seventy percent of them have them have been something about the iPad. The entire tech world has gone crazy over Apple's newest touch screen device, and posts have ranged from general tips to discussions of how hints within the file system show Apple will come out with new products. There has not been five out of the past 360 minutes that I have not heard something concerning the iPad. However, many people have been arguing of the level of "awesomeness" the iPad should be labeled with.

The iPad is a good product. Despite what many people might say, the idea of an affordable all touch-screen mobile computer, similar to a laptop but different, has not been realized with as much success as has been done with the iPad. I could think of a million things an iPad, or at least an iPad-like device could be useful for. This does not mean that the new product is perfect, though. My only personal complaint is that virtual keyboards don't fit well with me, but I think there are even Apple fan-boys who agree that Apple really made a mistake with not putting any innovation in the iPad.

At Google, they encourage innovation, giving employees their Innovation Time Off, where they work only on projects that interest them. In fact, analysis shows that half of all Google's new ideas were molded during Innovation Time Off. At Apple, not so much. The problem with the iPad is that the touch screen pad is just an enlarged version of the iPod Touch. Same interface, same controls, even the same charger. With a full-size touch screen pad, there is so much more that could have been done. Apple had the chance to redesign mobile computing, and they went with the same one-app-at-a-time Home Screen.

Well, despite the fact that Apple went not even half-way with the possibilities they had going for them with the iPad, the world of tech has yet to see the effect of the iPad on social media. Gmail's mobile interface got a redesign all in order to make Gmail on the iPad a better experience. The total displacement of netbooks and laptops by the iPad is highly unlikely, but consumers who are looking for an easier to use interface and are not tech savvy will opt for the iPad, and content curators will have to tailor to that format if they wish to hold that crowd. Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, the list goes on of websites whose users will likely consist of many iPad owners.

So while the consequences of the iPad release are unknown now, I think Apple will come to regret not going all the way with its new product, but nonetheless things will change, and the ever growing mobile industry will see more iPads as the months go on.

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