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iPad or not to iPad

Apple iPadIt’s been fascinating to read all the immediate feedback to the Apple iPad launch. Most bloggers seems to have gone on the attack – no multitasking (pow), no Flash (slap) etc etc. I’ve been holding fire. When asked, my opinion has been that I love my iPod Touch. I watch video on it, I read books on it, I check email and write email, I hit Facebook, I tweet and so on. So, for me, straight out of the box, the iPad is a no brainer. Bigger screen, faster, redesigned apps, productivity tools and so on.

So, why the hate?

I think it comes down to one thing. This is not for the geeks. The row is a distillation of the same PC vs Mac argument I’ve heard more times than I care to count but with the added layer that this isn’t even directed at the Mac geeks (a special subset of the PC geek clan), so Apple has opened the door to a much wider audience and I think that the geeks don’t like that everyone will be able to do some of the things they consider their domain.

Going all the way back to the Mac launch, it’s a computer for the rest of us (OK, I’m a bit geeky). This is computing power for everyone. No extra bits, keyboard, mouse and so on. It’s tactile, simple, ‘just works’ as was often quoted by Steve Jobs on the launch. It’s a no brainer for the majority of people, not the computer users but the computer user world and everyone else besides.

As a user experience, this is computing or digital life made simple – I hold it like I would a book/magazine, I can share or simply enjoy whatever for myself. To be fair, I haven’t touched one (yet) but while acknowledging that version 1.0 of any technology should be dodged, I instinctively know that this fulfils a need for me. There are things I do with my iPhone and iPod Touch that the iPad will simply do better and faster.

However, the iPad genuinely offers developers an amazing opportunity to reimagine their desktop/laptop and iPhone applications. This product will sell by the boatload, if I produce media or make games, I would get the SDK and get cracking.

Is the iPad a game changer? After 20+ years working with computers, the Net and so on, I’m pretty damn sure it has certainly raised the bar higher than it’s been before and at the same time made the entry point lower than ever before. That’s a game changing combination.

Oh, and check out what will be possible for v2

Below is a great cut of the presentation, focusing on the UI for iPad, fascinating multi-touch potential…

There’s more here on LukeW’s blog – nice job guys!

Impressive iPhone apps

iPhoneOne the interesting things about having your iPhone unlocked (or freed from the tyranny of a mobile company, as I prefer to call it), is that the phone is effectively wiped clean. All those apps I’d collected, use or discarded, the history of my iPhone to this point were gone.

So, simple enough, start over and find new apps suitable to my new Kiwi life.

Two have jumped across the digital divide and now happily sit awaiting my touch.

From the NZ government no less, comes NZ Traffic. Simple, well designed and does exactly what it promises, albeit limited to NZ’s top 3 cities. Two clicks and I can check the major block points on my phone by viewing the traffic camera’s latest snap. Free and it works – bravo!

Secondly, WiFi Finder. Checks my location, with my permission, and despite my somewhat remote location, find four free WiFi spots. Again, two clicks, free and dead simple to use.

I’m loving rediscovering useful iPhone apps and being away from the main metropolis, where I can really test if they work. Fun to come for sure!

appstore_hero20081217The App Store provides an excellent barometer to the health of the iPhone world and Apple took the opportunity to move some attention away from Steve Jobs’ health and onto the state of the iPhone. Half a billion application downloads show that the iPhone is easily matching the growth of the iPod world a few years ago and that the iPhone is a very serious player. It was only a month ago that the download mark was set at 300 million, four weeks later and with 15,000 apps on offer, the billion mark should come by late spring.

To be fair, it is a small computer with a phone rather than a smartphone. Even so, the iPhone has delivered on the promises made by Mr Jobs only a couple of years ago. Would be great to have Flash compatibility though…

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