Look, I hate iTunes more than just about anything, but Apple understands design. People complaining that it is in the “uncanny valley” of gadgets – too big to be as portable as the iPhone, just big enough to be clumsy in your hands – don’t get it. This is the ultimate messenger-bag mobile device: it combines the sheer usability of the iPhone with the additional power and application flexibility of a laptop.
I’ve already seen a few complaints from people who don’t like that Apple’s application standard turns the tablet future into a closed-book sort of scenario, but frankly this was more or less inevitable: Apple’s the only company bothering to design with mass usability in mind3 and if they’re going to price their products anywhere near affordability (and honestly, the iPad’s price points are really stupid cheap for what it is) they need to be able to profit off the applications in order to make back their initial investment until such time as the rest of the pack catches up.
So, yeah. I’m in. Even with iTunes and the fact that “iPad” is a terrible, terrible name. The keyboard dock for people like me who hate the screen-keyboard is just icing on the cake.4
Also, think what this could do for comics! Just imagine: in 2015 or so, Marvel or DC will debut their iPad comics app! (Yeah, you wish I was joking about that, don’t you.)
- Well, more accurately, “buy me one,” since I dunno how I’ll afford one any time soon. [↩]
- Also, I live in Canada, so presumably Rogers or whoever will take nine months to put together a deal for the 3G models and then it will be ass-rapingly expensive. [↩]
- As opposed to marketing to geeks, which is what just about every other mobile computing/phone company does for their new-edge products. [↩]
- If they add a tricked-out stylus at some point that will be the milk with which you drink the cake. [↩]