The world is abuzz with Apple's announcement this week of the new iPad. The iPad is Apple's touch-screen tablet computer. It is a cross between a laptop and an iPhone. It boasts a 9.7” screen, weighs 1 ½ lbs. and works much like iPhone (using the same OS). Aside from the hype, the real question is will it succeed.
Tablet computers have been around for a while, but they have never really succeeded in capturing any measure of market share. So Apple is not only tasked with designing a new device, they essentially have to create a new market. At the same time the iPad is a direct competitor to the Amazon Kindle and other e-readers (a burgeoning new market). The iPad offers the rich and robust multimedia experience Apple is known for and makes the other e-readers seem barbaric by comparison. Thus, the iPad could allow the iPad to dominate education, hospitals, and become the elusive replacement for newspapers. But let us not get too far ahead of ourselves; everything Apple touches does not turn to gold, just ask owners of the Newton.
Here are two good articles explaining the iPad. We will provide more coverage of the iPad in the upcoming weeks.
Apple unveils its Tablet Computer, the iPad
Apple iPad can be a game-changer in many fields