Is the Apple iPad Obsolete Before its Release?
In the very near future most of us will be carrying around an electronic device that we will use to read books and magazines, listen to music, surf the Internet, pay bills online and a multitude of other things. Even pastors and Sunday school teachers will be using them as a reference for their notes, and people in the pews will be using them to read their Bibles and take notes on the message.
These new electronic devices will revolutionize the information world in the same way that desktop and laptop computers did. This new device may very well replace laptop computers because of their small size and convenience.
Will this new device be the iPad from Apple? That’s a matter of opinion. People will rush out to buy iPad’s by the millions, but I think most will end up being bitterly disappointed with their purchase. It has many glaring inadequacies, but there is probably none larger than the fact that the iPad is not able to run Adobe Flash. That means you will not be able to view YouTube or a host of other Flash-based media on it.
Why? Because the iPad is not a traditional computer. It does not have the standard Apple computer operating system, it is just a big iPhone without the telephone. The fact that the iPad does not have a traditional operating system is a major factor when purchasing one of these devices, although most people will not realize that until it is too late.
The people at Apple have added a keyboard and a stand to the iPad, and given it word processing ability, but it’s really a junior grade operating system and cannot run software you might already own.
As long as the iPad uses the iPhone software, it will be a crippled and inadequate device. It will look fancy and be popular as most Apple devices are, but it will be a step backward when it comes to the technology available. It simply does not take advantage of the rich media already available, and that is essential to content publishers.
What will be the device of choice? I hope it will be the Hewlett Packard Slate, which will be released very soon after the iPad. It looks a lot like the iPad, it sells for $499, but it runs the Windows 7 operating system and that makes it a true computer.
Why will be Hewlett-Packard Slate be the best choice for discerning buyers?
- It is sleek and easy to use.
- It runs the Windows 7 operating system so you can install any program you want to use.
- It runs Adobe Flash, the worldwide standard for publishing books, magazines, animations, films, learning modules and a wide variety of other multimedia materials.
- Anyone can publish content without going through Apple or the Apple distribution system.
- Hewlett Packard has already inked a deal with Amazon.com so a wide range of books will be available in standard electronic formats.
The Hewlett-Packard Slate does not have the cachet of the Apple brand, but the iPod does not have the functionality that people have already come to expect.
The Hewlett-Packard Slate is not going to be the only new kid on the block. Other major electronics companies will be releasing products also, and this competition may very well turn the iPad into a door stop. Apple has done a great thing in popularizing iPad-like devices, but the iPad itself will be technologically obsolete the day it is released.
Posted Mar 11, 2010