Apple as innovative in its styling as ever i see..
Boring. I just don't know why other companies let Apple get away with pretending to do everything first. Apples hardware and software certainly aren't its strengths, but its marketing and shamelessness are.
I love that the 2 pictures are from Gizmondo and Engadget. Both are total bottoms for Steve jobs.
Posted by: Rovex | Jan 27, 2010 1:31:24 PM
Big is the new little—again. If you buy one get the Apple Care plan because you are going to drop this thing so much you're going to need it.
Posted by: Timzilla | Jan 27, 2010 1:35:37 PM
So glad they didn't over design the case, its sleek and simple letting the function be the star instead of trying to make a fashion statement.
Glad too that they are truly innovative, others seem to think they can catch up, but Apple always has the consumer first in mind.
Posted by: rich | Jan 27, 2010 1:39:57 PM
Not being funny Rich, but the tablet PC isnt exactly new and there are a lot of other ones out this year with better specs and not limited by Mac OS.. The difference is that Apple make such a big show of it people assume they were first and best. They really aren't ever first.
If i was to buy a slate/pad/tablet it wouldnt look like a jumbo iPhone and it wouldnt run Apple software.
"sleek and simple"? Really? Look at the size of that bezel! On top of that, the nested menus on this system are insane. It defies many of the things that have been laid out as good GUI design for OSs for a very long time (and that even SJ prescribed to when NeXT OS was being developed)
The design aesthetic is pretty bad here and with its size, the functionality is compromised over the iPhone paradigms For instance, two-hands needed to hold the iPad but two-hands also needed to use some of the in-built menu controls... yeah, that makes sense. Even Jobs looked awkward trying to rest the device on his lap while typing and made a lot of mistakes.
Not to mention that even in the demo, flash seems to be missing due to Apple's stubbornness and that cripple the web usage.
Posted by: unruly | Jan 27, 2010 2:11:00 PM
$29.99 per month.
Posted by: crispy | Jan 27, 2010 2:22:14 PM
Rovex, Apple's not claiming to have done this first. They're claiming to have done it best, and they're right. "Limited by Mac OS" is laughable. Where are you from, 2001?
Posted by: JeffRob | Jan 27, 2010 3:34:31 PM
Normally, I'm a fanboy of Apple products. I watched the live-blog and watched the video on the website.
I'm terribly underwhelmed. It's limitations exceed its virtues.
It lacks a camera on the back and a webcam on the front. Neither are that expensive to add. It doesn't appear to have a microphone, either.
It can't run full Mac applications. It is more like the iPhone in that regard, as well as lack of multitasking.
Some pretty obvious things are missing.
It has some value for those who don't want a full laptop. But for me, I'd like it to be something that will work in place of a full laptop on a trip. It can't run the programs I want to run.
It might have a niche market as a porn jukebox, but it doesn't even stand by itself!
Overall, I think it is a good first attempt, but hardly a new paradigm as we heard before the event.
Posted by: Atagahi | Jan 27, 2010 3:51:45 PM
Jeffrob. I actually meant iPhoneOS, although i stand by my words about full MacOS.
Doing it best? How is this doing it best? Massive thick bezel, a smartphone operating system, no USB, no camera, no card slot, no speaker (!), no pen input for true tablet like functionality and no flash AGAIN..
What this is is a massively crippled giant iPod touch or an underpowered massively crippled netbook with no keyboard. However you look at, even if you look at it with Apple boosting fanboy glasses on, its a pile of crap for die-hard Apple zealots.
Posted by: Rovex | Jan 27, 2010 3:52:11 PM
iPad? Did Apple not see this Mad TV video before they chose a name?! Wow!
Posted by: damien | Jan 27, 2010 4:02:08 PM
There is no pen.
THERE IS NO PEN.
I was mildly intrigued by this as an artist, but THERE IS NO PEN. No serious artist will want to draw with their fingers.
Fuck the ipad.
Posted by: Richard | Jan 27, 2010 4:17:37 PM
Rovex -- did you bother to read the specs on the Apple website, or were you in too much of a rush to piss all over the product to bother to do that? It clearly does have a speaker. And fine, we understand that you are not an Apple fan. But how do you figure it is a "massively crippled giant iPod touch?" If anything, it is an iPod touch on steroids, since it has the 3G option, and more processing power. But don't let any facts get in the way of your rant.
Posted by: MiloTock | Jan 27, 2010 4:30:06 PM
MiloTock its crippled because it doesnt have the full functionality or the ease of use.
Your right it does have speakers. The reason people have been saying it didnt is because a lot of the test units speakers didnt work. They are pretty rubbish it seems anyway.
I still dont know what its actually for. My phone has better internet capabilities and almost a high a resolution screen.
Posted by: Rovex | Jan 27, 2010 4:40:03 PM
The penises are going to look much smaller on GuysWithiPads.
Posted by: Adam | Jan 27, 2010 5:14:11 PM
Rovex -- I think we do at least agree on not being exactly sure who or what it is for. While I'll admit to generally being an Apple fan, I can't quite figure out exactly what niche of the population this is for.
Posted by: MiloTock | Jan 27, 2010 5:33:10 PM
Its basically an $800 digital picture frame, one that makes it extra hard to get the pictures on to it.
Posted by: Rovex | Jan 27, 2010 5:39:50 PM
These "spectacles" always remind me of Robocop when the would release their updated models. LOL
Posted by: jakeinlove | Jan 27, 2010 6:58:17 PM
No, it's not the first, but it is the best in between gadget. Why would you want a camera on a device that size anyway? If you're docking it for video conferencing you can use a bluetooth camera, but really, think of it an expensive toy/magazine/gaming device/music player/web browser/etch-a-sketch that will just be lying around the house. It's not meant to replace your lap top or your cell phone.
My real disappointment is: No other apple announcements?
Posted by: Kyle | Jan 28, 2010 1:55:57 AM
Kyle but its not a very good web browser (no flash, limited support, low res sceen), or music player (poor speakers), etch a sketch? IT HAS NO PEN, fingers are rubbish for that, always will be.
You want a real magazine, reader, web device try the Microsoft Courier.