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I’m sure I’m not the only one who has been waiting for a color ebook. Unfortunately, this is not it. I’m waiting for color epaper to become reasonably priced.

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Will "scifantasy" Frank said on January 27th, 2010 at 4:33 pm

It’s precisely the keyboard that I’m disappointed with, and I don’t think the keyboard dock solves the problem. But I guess we’ll see.

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Cannondale said on January 27th, 2010 at 4:36 pm

“Also, think what this could do for comics! Just imagine: in 2015″

Don’t you think that’s a little aggressive for Marvel and DC?

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Forgive my ignorance, but how does one trick out a stylus?

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That’s a really terrible fucking name, though. Didn’t Apple used to be kind of synonymous with creativity and imagination and original thinking? Oh, sorry, I meant iCreativity and iImagination and aOriginal iThinking. Look at me, ma, I’m Steve Jobs! I’ma knit me up some iSocks!

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I am a senseless Mac addict and for once I’m pretty happy to be underwhelmed by a product. With Jobs saying “this is the most important thing I’ve worked on,” I was ready to have my crotch explode today, and I can’t afford something even this reasonable right now. So this saves me a little marital strife, actually. I’ll start saving for the G3, which will probably kill me.

This is going to effing kill with students, though, I bet.

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I could see Marvel doing something pretty quickly. They launched with PlayStation Comics on PSP a few months back, even if the selection there isn’t even as good as their Digital Comics Unlimited thingy. And we shouldn’t dismiss how cozy Apple is with Marvel’s new corporate overlords.

If the iPad ends up supporting Flash 6, then Marvel will already be there, albeit in a cruddy have-to-be-connected-and-use-a-web-browser way. Although that’s a big “if” – Flash isn’t on the iPhone/iPod Touch, and I’m not sure why Apple would change their minds about it for this.

I’d put Marvel’s odds within the year at maybe 50%. DC’s odds for the same timeframe? Let’s be generous and say 2%.

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I stole this from a comments thread over at BoingBoing. I have a generally favorable opinion of the iPad so far, but I will never, ever be an early adopter when it comes to Apples gadget.

Besides, this thing apparently can’t handle Netflix or Skype. No thanks!

Some negatives to consider:

1. No apps that have not been approved by Apple. By which I mean, you can’t download your favorite apps off some web site somewhere. You are strictly limited to the app store.

2. No camera.

3. Microphone, but apparently… no voice calls.

4. eBook reader only through iBookstore. No word about loading your own books/PDFs.

5. Network is GSM-based. That rules out Verizon for your choices.

6. No multitasking. This isn’t OSX. It’s not a laptop. Or a mini-laptop. Or even, apparently, a netbook. It’s the stripped-down iPhone OS.

7. 16 GB for $500. 64 GB for $700. Some are complaining about the price because of the limited functionality.

8. No video out? Does that docking station allow video out, or is it just for the keyboard?

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Meanderthal said on January 27th, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Forgive my ignorance, but how does one trick out a stylus?

Maybe add some buttons, like on the stylus for a Wacom tablet?

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1. You can still avoid iTunes purchases and rip your own movies and music, I assume. Same with ePub-formatted books.

2. And everyone hated the name “Wii” at first, too. AFter this thing has been out a while it won’t matter.

3. It has a mic, so you can still use VOIP and Google Voice (the web version; who knows if the app version will ever be approved)

4. I can’t believe anyone is STILL complaining about price at $499. Good lord, if it was free people would say it didn’t cost free enough.

5. It’s gonna be weird reading comics on this thing. At least it’s a more realistic size than the iPhone.

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There are Skype and pdf reader and ebook reader apps, and no reason to believe they would stop working. The docking station does allow video out.

No multitasking might be a dealbreaker for me. I’d like to be able to be able to IM, at least while on the web or doing e-mails.

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I don’t think you actually mean the words “ass-rapingly.” May I suggest “prohibitively” instead?

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The iPhone already has a couple of comics apps. I grabbed a few Boom! titles off of it and I hear they stock Marvel now.

It wouldn’t surprise me if they were already working on the big screen version of these. Then it becomes a matter of convincing companies to get with the program, and then our dream of sucking comic books out of the air to read on our jetpack commute to work will be reality.

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Adam Ruining said on January 27th, 2010 at 7:29 pm

I can’t see the iPad killing with students for two reasons:

1. It doesn’t look like I can type on it. I mean, I can peck out a message if I put some effort into it, but with a curved back, I’m going to be cradling the iPad in one hand and pecking with the other. That’s nothing compared to being able to go nearly full speed on my Eee with its 92% sized full QWERTY keyboard. And if I can’t snag notes, why bother with it?

2. Even if I could type on it, that’s all I could be doing. Not typing and keeping a digital textbook open. Not typing and listening to music. Not typing and anything else because, ha ha, it doesn’t support two things at once. Fantastic.

Maybe you’ll be able to eek out 10 hours of video, but for $500, I can get an Eee with 6 hours of battery life that does a lot more, plus a spare battery to bump it up to 12 hours, along with running more than one program at a time. Thanks, Apple, but I’m cool with what I’ve got.

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You do realize they’ve basically made a real-world version of the tablets they’ve used in Star Trek: Next Generation? Slap a Starfleet logo on the backside and 50 million geeks will sign up… well other than the 20 million geeks who buy anything Apple…

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Man, I hate when Apple rolls out some new thing like this. Everyone talks about it and I don’t keep up with this stuff, so when people ask you what you think you come off as the guy who’s thinks he’s cool because he doesn’t care. I *swear* I am not affecting an anti-Apple stance in some misguided attempt at edginess, I just am nonplussed by things that I do not understand and can not afford anyway.

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No multitasking really kills it for me. If you make a unitasking device it should be best in show. If you make a device that does a lot of things well, the least I should be able to get from it is for it to do more than one of them at a time.

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equinox216 said on January 27th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

I always appreciate when Apple puts out a new, ‘visionary’ design… because then other companies don’t have to spend the time, effort, and hype designing and marketing their fantastic second-gen versions of the thing, so the off-brand improved version is far, far better a piece of gear and much cheaper.

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Sorry, but this looks to me a lot like a laptop that thinks that having a touch screen makes up for the fact that it costs more, can’t multitask, and that the keyboard comes separate. :)

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I’m skipping this round- there isn’t a niche it fills that isn’t already met by some combination of my desktop, laptop, netbook, or smart phone.

I like the concept, and maybe my next round of upgrades, the netbook could be a tablet. But not until I get my multitasking.

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Apparently Stephen Fry’s sold on it. That’s… weirdly confidence inspiring.

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And they said adverbs were dying…”ass-rapingly”…awesome.

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Bryce (Mouser) said on January 27th, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Aside from the info released by Apple, there’s still only a lot of speculation.

“We shall wait. And Watch. And See.”

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I don’t think you actually mean the words “ass-rapingly.” May I suggest “prohibitively” instead?

I can only assume you’ve never dealt with Rogers Wireless.

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I always appreciate when Apple puts out a new, ‘visionary’ design… because then other companies don’t have to spend the time, effort, and hype designing and marketing their fantastic second-gen versions of the thing, so the off-brand improved version is far, far better a piece of gear and much cheaper.

Exactly! I’ll just wait for a MasterG or LG or some other company’s version of this.

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This is certainly an interesting development. This is the first time I know that Apple has consciously created a product that is completely worthless and without any real uses whatsoever, and markets it as the next big step in technological evolution. They’re going all in a two and a seven. Depending on how well they do, we may finally be rid of the illusion that “quality” or “value” means anything in the brain of the Homo Sapiens.

This isn’t a magical device, but it IS a magical marketing push. Trying to make people feel privileged to be allowed to pay the double price for a directly worse version of a product they already own (iPad = iPod Touch, without portability) is unprecedentedly ballsy.

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(…all in WITH a two and a seven.)

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The dealbreakers for me are lack of flash (i.e. streaming audio/video) support and lack of camera. Also, it would be nice if Apple would support non-QT video formats in their devices, but I realize that would be kind of like asking the earth to start revolving backwards for a change.

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It’s not so much that it can’t multitask, it’s that only Apple’s stuff can run in the background.

Kevin wrote: “(i.e. streaming audio/video) ”

Well, there’s HTML5 video with H.264, which is supported. Vimeo is using it, YouTube is beta’ing it, and others will probably adopt it before too long.

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I just wanted one to feel like I was a doctor in a futuristic movie where they have touch-screen charts and they tap away with one hand on strange, alien symbols to make it look like they’re actually doing something.

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Jonathan Miller said on January 28th, 2010 at 11:03 pm

Can anyone explain to me how the iPad isn’t just a giant iPod Touch with a keyboard dock?

I’ve been an Apple user/supporter since the ’80s and I have to say, this new product is underwhelming for me.

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ps238principal said on January 30th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

“Apparently Stephen Fry’s sold on it.”

I loves me some Stephen Fry, but his views on computers are rather astonishing at times, given how much he appears to research other topics. It sounds like his mind was made up in 1995 and since then how shiny something is that has anything resembling an internet hookup is the standard he measures by.

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I’m not sold on a laptop toy/replacement that requires an optional dongle for USB! Friggin’ USB.

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Bryce (Mouser) said on January 31st, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Random order:

You can get a stylus for the iPhone/iTouch through ThinkGeek – I imagine it’s the same screen type, so it should work.

eBook reader only through iBookstore. No word about loading your own books/PDFs
Actually, there are already apps for the iPhone/iTouch that handle this. Bookshelf lets you load them off your local WiFi network (and some other places I believe) and there’s a Kindle app.

The “No Camera” is weird to me since they’re proud of the photo app built in. Maybe they’re planning on giving it better BlueTooth and selling Cameras, or making the WiFi work directly with the Eye-Fi cards (sold at Apple stores).

The data plan price… talk to AT&T but they’re idiots (I can’t tether to a laptop with my iPhone? WTF?)

This is NOT a laptop killer. It’s not really a netbook killer, nor a Kindle killer, but there will be those that would buy one of these instead of a netbook or Kindle. This is designed as an oversized PDA – for those that need to walk around alot and read things and occasionally enter things, not enter them in mass. My best example is doctors in a clinic, waitstaff or floor sales people, warehouse inventory (well, if it had a barcode reader…) – stuff like that.

I wonder if they’ll have a Newton emulator…

Oh, and I’ve seen the designation PAD for Personal Access Device in SciFi stories before…

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ladypeyton said on February 2nd, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Ok, it’s only loosely related to the iPad, but I’d love to hear your views, MGK, about the Macmillan/Amazon kerfluffle. Is Amazon engaged in price fixing? Is Macmillan setting the groundwork for a future anti-trust case for the big 6 publishers? Is John Scalzi right?

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