The Tablet

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Apple introduced its much-anticipated new tablet device yesterday. Virginia Heffernan, The Medium columnist for The New York Times Magazine, and Peter Rojas, co-founder of, answer the question: Does the iPad live up to all the hype?


Virginia Heffernan and Peter Rojas

Comments [98]

Iheoma from Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

After some initial skepticism, listening to reports and opinions on NPR programs, I must admit that after watching Apple's video - I now think it's going to be HUGE. I think it could be the game changer that puts top level computing technology in a lot more hands.

The brilliance is that the VAST MAJORITY of computer users only use our desk tops and laps tops to check email, surf the internet and keep photos and music collections. The thousand of other functions on our computers are never or rarely used. This portable device (yeah, you can't fit it in your pocket, but it will slip easily into a woman's bag or a messenger bag for a guy) captures all of your daily essential computer functions. Buy focusing on fewer functions, the few functions that it does have will be at the height of technology as well. I see it as a lap top replacement. While my MacBook Pro is much lighter than my previous laptop, it is still consider it too heavy to take around with me everyday. Also, even though the newest iPhones do most of the daily essential functions, the small screen is sometimes a real pain (for instance, when composing long emails, or visiting complicated, multi formatted websites). This product solves that.
Also huge is that it can run Apps. That has been one of my frustrations with Apple, I love some of my Apps and I wish that I could run them on my laptop so that I could work with a larger screen. Problem solved!!! Plus more apps to come. Fantastic!
The one key thing that it may be lacking is the ability to interface with printers (perhaps it can, but if it can't, that could be a minor stumbling block). That said, I've been living without a printer since I moved to my new apartment in August and I'm still alive.
It may not take off immediately. But I think...once again...Apple may have a game changer on their hands.

Jan. 29 2010 08:28 AM
Laurie from Princeton

You guys ALL miss the point. This is a cheaper "lite" laptop for schools to buy (at discount) to provide textbooks, media access and a managed user interface to students. Schools will buy bushels of them. It's just extra that Steve will be glad to sell you one to read in bed if you want. You laugh now - you also laughed at the iPod and the iPhone - but it will crush Kindle. The Apple product works better in the ed market because it is more like a computer - can do e-mail and web browsing. It will also have other niches like medical records.

Jan. 28 2010 10:56 PM
Gary from Port Washington NY

I am amazed at all the visceral and resentful reaction to Steven Jobs and Apple. Apple is making break thru products that break new ground and better our lives. I will agree the the ipod looks like a ipod touch on growth hormones, but no one else has a product out there that compares; in addition Apple is creating great products that have changed the world. In addition, their products work wonderfully. I have an imac desktop and ipod touch and they are problem free. I suffered with Vista and exist with my Windows 7 laptop. Plus there are Apple stores everyone if I ever need any tech support. I can't say enough good things about Apple and can't imagine what the world would have been like without Apple and their products.

Jan. 28 2010 06:49 PM
simpsonsmovieblew from

haha! heffernan correctly suggests out that the ipad's release makes viewing porn over the iphone cheap and punky. even in a limo.

Jan. 28 2010 02:14 PM
Pope Jon from Vatican’s basement in Hackensack

This is right up there with that 2 wheel thing for personal transportation that the public was told would change the world and everybody would have one. What was that thing called again?... Just too expensive for common folk when they can get a relatively powerful lap top with a full keyboard and much bigger screen for even less money. Apple has made a lot of innovations but we forget they have had failures. Remember the G-4 glass cube looking thing that had no cooling system and you could literally fry an egg on it when it got warmed up? I wonder how many houses that product burned down?

Jan. 28 2010 01:54 PM
iPod haver from

19 -- matthew -- "People didn't 'get' the iPod at first either"

huh? millions of mp3 players were sold before mac came out with iPod. and I STILL don't get iTunes.

Jan. 28 2010 01:23 PM
Dennis from New York

JT: once again, there weren't safe cars until we asked for them, there weren't open systems (as you call them) until we asked (actually until we created them to compete with proprietary). The discussion of consumer/user/developer rights is what's important. You're complicit by justifying whatever corporate profits dictate. I say let's demand and see if we can make our standards of software and user/consumer rights higher.

Jan. 28 2010 12:55 PM
Matthew from Brooklyn

For all those people asking for a stylus, don't worry! I guarantee that there are third party accessory people working on it right now.
You can buy a stylus for the iPhone, so I'm sure a stylus will be developed for iPad. My hope is that they will design a pressure sensitive stylus so you can really draw/paint with it.

Jan. 28 2010 12:41 PM
nina4176 from NYC

Oh, definitely, I hope it comes with a stylus. That would be a no-brainer too. I think it could find a big audience in the MAC-using corporate world - for formal and impromptu meetings and drive-by clerical work by administrative assistants, for example.

Jan. 28 2010 12:22 PM

I think the release of this mediocre device is a sign that the 2010s are not going to be a decade of white Apple gadgets...

I didn't invest in Apple stock because I know how fickle the consumers of this trendy stuff are. White gizmos can go out of style any second. Remember how high Tommy Hilfiger was flying in the 90s? Now that brand is in the gutter.

Jan. 28 2010 12:17 PM

Size matters.

Every time you see workers at a factory or a lab or in the wild, you see people with a notepad, clipboard or specialized computer, of just this size.

I see it as potentially revolutionizing the workplace.

The lack of a camera bothers me because software that makes use of real-time views could _really_ revolutionize not just industry but news, drawing, travel, books, art, history, etc.

Jan. 28 2010 12:12 PM
nina4176 from NYC

LOL. I could not believe that they named it iPad. LOL. Totally had the same experience and thought as the two other posters. Immediately I thought of a maxi-pad. Who regularly uses that word but women discussing feminine products!? How about iTab as in *tablet*??? I thought iTab that would have been a no-brainer. :-D

Jan. 28 2010 12:07 PM
db from nyc

Gee, another piece of high-tech gadgetry!


Hug your kid, talk to your neighbor or, g_d forbid, the person next to you on the train.

Too much!

Jan. 28 2010 12:01 PM
Kate Burnet from LIC

I have a mac pro and a mac book pro which performs as a work satellite of the big desk top. together these 2 computers are nearing $10,000 worth of electronic equipment. i'm excited about the ipad as it will create an interface between these as i don't always want to do my surfing, streaming, and other leisure types of digital life on one device. I think mac is creating an larger organism composed of multiple devices. i'm excited as i never wanted an iphone anyway.

Jan. 28 2010 12:01 PM
Scott Wilson from Morristown, NJ

The iPad is also sold unlocked, so that it could be used on T-Mobile or any other GSM carrier in someone's area, if they help enable it.

Jan. 28 2010 11:59 AM
Susan from West Village

I checked out the video after reading Bill D.'s remark, and I agree the opening is over the top, but,


mainly I'm impressed by how beautiful, useful and intuitive the thing is.

Jan. 28 2010 11:58 AM
Scott Smith from Manhattan

As for the lack of a keyboard, why not combine it with a chording keyboard?

Jan. 28 2010 11:58 AM
JT from Long Island

@Dennis from New York,
I just don't think it stifles innovation. There are plenty of open systems and platforms out there for those that want to create the next great thing. Can't get you're app into the app store? Create it on Android.

I think there's a place for open and closed systems as people's needs, expectations and abilities are different. I don't understand why you seem opposed to anyone making a closed system. Apple is only one company. There are many, many options out there.

Jan. 28 2010 11:57 AM
Mike from Manhattan

Also, what about the ATT factor? What's the point of watching a baseball game if you have crappy coverage? Good luck.

Jan. 28 2010 11:57 AM
ben from brooklyn

The case manufacturers are going to go to town on this with kick stands, protective screens, lids, ways of making it more ergonomic to hold for hours at a time.

Jan. 28 2010 11:57 AM
phyllis from Brooklyn

No one has mentioned drawing! I love Brushes on my ipod touch. I'm going to love it even more on the ipad.

Jan. 28 2010 11:57 AM

can you print from it?

Jan. 28 2010 11:57 AM
Scott Wilson from Morristown, NJ

Also, remember, Apple could not build out a lot of the other functionality and accessories, content, etc, in advance of the launch, because of need to protect their confidentiality. Every outside partner involved = another potential security leak! Now that they have announced, they will scramble to enrich the platform as quickly as the competitors set about planning their me-too products.

Jan. 28 2010 11:57 AM
Nancy Sabato from South Orange NJ

I'm a graphic designer / book designer, and I've been dreading the coming of some kind of tablet for years. I love reading / making "actual" books, and thought the idea of reading on a computer would be awful.
BUT, as a designer, I of course LOVE Apple, and had great hopes that if anyone could get the tablet right, it would be Apple.
I think there is a lot of potential in this, and I think we need to see this as a first generation and know that it will get better and have more functionality as they continue to develop it.

Jan. 28 2010 11:56 AM

Handles, breaking, etc. problems will be handled by the seemingly endless number of case manufacturers.

If it's popular, I predict a huge boom in ipad-enabled clothing, a la ScottEvest/SeV (my light jacket will immediately snug it away without bulge).

Jan. 28 2010 11:56 AM
the truth!! from BKNY

We will eventually blow ourselves off this planet!

Jan. 28 2010 11:56 AM
Derrick James Tempro from Upper West Side New York City

The iPad in my view will not replace the news paper or books people like holding a book or paper and not spend that much on a device that can only web surf play music and read emails.
It's a toy I would only use one because I'm a photographer and would use it to show my photos on a bigger screen without taking my laptop out.
We will have to wait and see if apps for this do it for us...
I've had a tablet computer before and loved it.
I'm on the fence on this one till I get my hands on it. 3G and wifi would be nice but the cost ouch!

Jan. 28 2010 11:55 AM
Aaron Mocciola from UWS Manhattan

The I-phone is a terrible cell phone (I use one), a laptop or netbook mediocre computer (I use mine 99.99% stationary with an external keyboard). Now one can get a GOOD cell phone, desktop or tower computer and an I-Pad. This rap about the name is ridiculous and juvenile-we use mouse pads, touch pads etc.

Jan. 28 2010 11:55 AM
the truth!! from BKNY

OK I will buy one after the bugs are all worked out and when the price goes down. Of course that will be after everyone has moved onto the next thing and this is no longer popular.

Jan. 28 2010 11:55 AM
Judy from New jersey

The apps will make the difference. It opens the door for an amazing array of new apps.

Jan. 28 2010 11:55 AM
GCO from CT

Who cares? Aren't there more important things going on in the world that should be discussed?

Jan. 28 2010 11:54 AM
Cynthia from long island

I think you are devoting too much time to infomercials on these types of gadgets.

Jan. 28 2010 11:54 AM
the truth!! from BKNY

Well we have come full circle...wonder if Moses wished he had this tablet?!

Jan. 28 2010 11:54 AM
Scott Wilson from Morristown, NJ

This platform ALSO can help urge along a paradigm shift in how schools distribute textbooks and class support materials to students. School districts are already starting to move away from hardbound textbooks, but often they are being coaxed towards conventional publisher-centric websites or other proprietary platforms. I see that schools could invest in these for students to carry throughout their years in a school system. Assignments could be sent home on them with students. It's up to the developers and forward-thinking tech administrators in districts to tak up the challenge to build the apps that will truly bring the iPad to life. Meanwhile, they have concentrated on making a solid performing piece of hardware that convinces developers to make their commitment.

Jan. 28 2010 11:54 AM
Max Z. from Manhattan



Reward, I will purchase the iPad.

But seriously, no Flash? So many sites use Flash. And with Flex technology spreading, Flash is a must have.

Jan. 28 2010 11:54 AM
anonymous from manhattan

no opinion on the product itself, but the naming/marketing apparently did not involve any women. a whole bunch of ladies last night had a good laugh at the menstrual implications...

Jan. 28 2010 11:53 AM
Steve from NYC

Apple has been circling around this device for decades—luggables, Newton, powerbooks, iPod, iPhone, and lots of things you never saw. But Alan Kay, father of the personal computer, says they (could have) nailed it with this:

“When the Mac first came out, Newsweek asked me what I [thought] of it. I said: Well, it’s the first personal computer worth criticizing. So at the end of the presentation, Steve [Jobs] came up to me and said: Is the iPhone worth criticizing? And I said: Make the screen five inches by eight inches, and you’ll rule the world.”
( )

Only problem—no camera, no phone. But we'll see those soon enough. They hit the form factor sweet spot, the "Dynabook" (Kay's 1968 concept for a personal computer;

Jan. 28 2010 11:53 AM
susan from nj

I have an iGraveyard in my house. Apple has suckered me into buying every new product and they have always ended up dying from the subpar batteries.

Jan. 28 2010 11:52 AM
doesn't matter

enough with the funny name already!. We talk about touch pads and note pads and all sorts of pads all the time. The thing is called and i-pad, not an i-menstruation machine or i-vagina.

Jan. 28 2010 11:52 AM

Could Virgina be burnt out from all of her work looking at technology and does non-tech activities in her spare time. Maybe those who don't work with technology as much as her, would use the technology in their free-time. Plus maybe the audience for this device is for sat an 18-35 year old demographic.

Jan. 28 2010 11:52 AM
Robots Need 2 Party from NYC

Aside from its numerous limitations the big miss for me is no front facing camera. If this is a future device it should offer the basic functionality that such a device would need to do like video chat. This is a perfect platform for this and to not include it from the start is a serious omission. How much would a camera have cost? 10 or 20 bucks?

Jan. 28 2010 11:52 AM
bvc from Trenton, NJ

For students and artists, whom I think appreciate Apple graphics detail orientation, a stylus WOULD HAVE BEEN GREAT!!! Come on! This thing does nothing anyone, except those who like to read online - I prefer to buy the book, magazines and newspapers.

Jan. 28 2010 11:52 AM

I'm solidly in the Android camp. Apple wants you to pay a $100 "license fee" for the priviledge of writing apps for their platform? Forget it.

Jan. 28 2010 11:51 AM
Einar from Bushwick

What about access to television? Where is the true all-in-one media device?

Jan. 28 2010 11:51 AM
Anna D. from Brooklyn

My fear is that if I have to hold it constantly the odds of me dropping it skyrocket. I drop books, CDs, newspapers, coffee cups and my phone. Seems like a design flaw for me. Does it come with stand?

Jan. 28 2010 11:50 AM
Nick from NYC

Without having actually held this thing...


What I would hope for:

- something bigger than the iPod, but can be stashed in bag/coat pocket, optimized for
reading, audio and video, and writing with a stylus on the tablet surface

- Web functionality: Flash should work! ridiculous not to have multitasking apps!

- connectivity to other hardware; ports!

- more storage, space offered is meager

I'm sure there's more....

seems like a big disappointment, and, it fails in areas where Apple is traditionally strong: design, looks, clever marketing

Jan. 28 2010 11:50 AM
Alex from Barcelona, Spain

Hi - I'm 34 year old American Artist from NYC living in Spain. I draw A LOT. Past experience with many types of drawing tablets. Wondering what the drawing possibilities may be?


Jan. 28 2010 11:50 AM
joelle from NYC

Is it a really pretty kindle?

Jan. 28 2010 11:50 AM
peter from brooklyn

does the ipad require a monthly plan/fee to access the internet?

Jan. 28 2010 11:50 AM
Pope Jon from Vatican’s basement in Hackensack

$450 dollars for something that has less power and smaller screen then a bunch of laptops I could get for less money and its not going to fit into any pockets of any clothing I ware. So why should I buy this?

Jan. 28 2010 11:50 AM
Tom from Upper West Side

Good to know that my WNYC contributions are helping fund a free infomercial for Apple. Does this mean we all get a free iPad?

Jan. 28 2010 11:50 AM
Richard Bonomo from Yonkers

I can't wait to get mine. I'm an artist and showing my portfolio on a large screen will be great. I'll subscribe to many more magazines than i do now if they're available.
I like to check the internet now and then while watching TV but don't have a computer in the same room. And reading books - better than a kindle.

Jan. 28 2010 11:50 AM
ben from brooklyn

It needs a handle.

Jan. 28 2010 11:50 AM
Vargas from Brooklyn, NY

i need to buy a laptop, i want to mainly check email and check websites as i house hunt....but now with the ipad....what do i do? which one is best?

Jan. 28 2010 11:49 AM
Eli from Cleveland OH

What I'm looking for in a "tablet" or "laptop" is something that will boot up quickly, be able to run Excel and remote into my office computer so that I can do real work on a real computer.
The traditional laptop I have now has Windows XP Pro which takes roughly 5 minutes to boot up and I don't need all of the functionality that it offers.

Jan. 28 2010 11:49 AM

My first computer was a Mac SE.

Would have ever thought we'd ever again get all excited about a 9" screen!

Jan. 28 2010 11:49 AM
David from UWS Manhattan

Star Trek had it first.
Check out:

Jan. 28 2010 11:49 AM
Shaffin from Lakeville, CT

Bingo. The Apple tablet does not - repeat: does not - multi-task. Is there a connected person out there that does not do two or three things at the same time? Also, no Flash playback. I.e., no Hulu and accessing other sites like it. iPad? iBlah is more like it.

Jan. 28 2010 11:49 AM

What do you mean they didn't push this for the workplace? They spent a good chunk of time in the presentation showing off the iWork suite of programs.
One of the targets for this is clearly the rail commuter - read books on the rail, do your office work on the rail, etc.

Jan. 28 2010 11:48 AM
Michael Tyznik

This device would be perfect for what I do in my spare time, sitting on my couch (reading RSS feeds, surfing the web, etc), but even then I need to multitask. I would want to have an IM program open while I browse. That is the one thing holding me back from buying one.

Jan. 28 2010 11:48 AM
Michael from NYC

Not getting it until the MTA subway system will be carrying free or very cheap wireless service....

Jan. 28 2010 11:48 AM
Sydney from NYC

What will the iPad mean for the Kindle (or vice verse)?

Also, according to Gizmodo, it can't multitask--is this a deal breaker?

Jan. 28 2010 11:48 AM
Mike from Manhattan

Apple has always been very good at combining want with need. The iPad is all want.

Jan. 28 2010 11:48 AM
annie from Bronx

thought it could have been called an iSlate, but realized the target demographic is not old enough to know what a slate is.

Jan. 28 2010 11:47 AM
Edward from NJ

If it were cheaper, it would be really good for small kids.

Jan. 28 2010 11:46 AM
Andrea from Westchester County

I used to joke that I needed a phone the size of a Kindle to read my e-mails and on-line news. This is even bigger.

Now, my problem is figuring out how to not let it slip out of my hands like my daughter's iPhone repeatedly does.

Jan. 28 2010 11:46 AM
michael from brooklyn

no flash does not make for the "best web experience". no multi-tasking means it's not a laptop. it's on AT&T? it fails. it's a giant ipod touch. they needed more of a combo of a laptop and an iphone, not this useless giant screen.

Jan. 28 2010 11:46 AM
Pat from Maplewood

When, oh, when, are we going to get ONE Device: the tablet sounds good, taking the place print, but can't we get a phone and camera too and call it a day? How many gadgets do these geeks think we normal people want to shlep around with us?

Jan. 28 2010 11:46 AM
Ken from Little Neck

It has all the disadvantages of the iPhone, without the convenience of being able to make a phone call or put it in your pocket. Pass.

Jan. 28 2010 11:46 AM
Jamison from Ft Green

Dance Mac monkeys Dance!!

Jan. 28 2010 11:43 AM
George from East Marion

The iPAD will be a huge success because the iSheep will flock to whatever Steve Jobs can sell them [even if it's completely useless to them]

Jan. 28 2010 11:42 AM
Bill D. from Staten Island

ha ha

These people are SO incredibly full of themselves! So ridiculous and over the top, it borders on self-parody. You'd think it was 1995 and no one had ever seen a computer before.

Watch this video. "Magical", "Revolutionary", "The best way to... blah blah".
It's like Apple Corporation thinks that if they repeat these delusions of grandeur over and over it will make it true.
At least the mac-fanboys will believe it.

Jan. 28 2010 11:34 AM
Amy from Manhattan

[4] & [5]--if you wanna be the 1st to say it, you're way too late. I heard that said yesterday (maybe the day before?) on 1 of the NPR or PRI shows, & there are extensive threads on it on Internet discussion sites.

Jan. 28 2010 11:33 AM
John from Bklyn

Apple gets a free commercial courtesy of public radio!
Are you going to do a story on the plumbing manufacturer who invents a new gasket for the toilet tank?!

And who cares if Apple released a new product? It will most likely be obsolete in 6 months to a year or need updates to make it run smoothly. (Hint: wait for the "second generation" version)

What does this have to do with anything? Oh, yeah, I know, this will change the way we live, our lives will never be the same...blah blah blah

Jan. 28 2010 11:30 AM
Dennis from New York

JT: Jailbraking isn't a choice. You can do it until RIAA, MPAA, Apple or whoever else with money sues us or shuts down the hack development. The problem is that these companies refuse to evolve in the new age and force their way onto us. As long as we keep compromising, we're feeding inefficiency, not giving new companies and ideas to spring up and revolutionize technology like Apple originally did. Apple is the old-age IBM.

Jan. 28 2010 11:29 AM
smidely from

I agree with Joseph (1).

Those Apple bar playboys might be geniuses but their pencil thin mustaches give me the Willies.

Jan. 28 2010 11:26 AM
smidely from

But is it I-Bsorbant?

Jan. 28 2010 11:23 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Whoever that was (Malcolm Gladwell?) in the clip for this segment played in the intro to this hour, I hope he gave credit to Arthur C. Clarke, because that was a paraphrase of Clarke's Law: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

Jan. 28 2010 11:19 AM
JT from Long Island

@Dennis from New York
If companies want to DRM their products then they live with the consequences. Musicians are free to create MP3s if they want more people to listen to their music, and there are similar free methods of distributing video, text, etc and they will work on ANY device. I have an old iPod Touch and I've never bought anything from iTunes. I've ripped my old CDs and get DRM free MP3s from Amazon and other sources. As a software I'm not thrilled with Apple's app approval process but I can jailbreak my device if I want to run anything. And if I really get fed up with them I can always go with a different manufacturer. We do have choices.

Jan. 28 2010 11:17 AM
Matthew from Brooklyn

To all the haters,
This device isn't perfect. The DRM closed system is problematic, but I think it's a trade off.
The closed system allows it to work cleanly and efficiently without the viruses and bugginess of a regular computer.
This isn't a replacement of a laptop, but it's what Apple claims: a new category.
Those that call it "just a big iPod touch" lack imagination.
I can see the possibilities for digital art books, text books, comic books, and magazines.
Some other possibilities:
Digital sketchbook/portfolio.
Architects using it to transport and display blueprints.
A remote device for controlling your computer.
Filmmakers previewing the day's shots.
Composers/musicians writing and reading scores/lyrics.
Travel journal.
The list goes on. None of that would work on an iPhone.
Once the apps and content start flowing the iPad will reveal it's real potential.

People didn't 'get' the iPod at first either, and look what that evolved into.

Jan. 28 2010 11:10 AM

One thing I wold go for in an ipad is for the farsighted - I can barely SEE what's on a blackberry or an iphone. And a better kindle - but most of the time you have to wait for the bugs to be worked out of new porducts. I love mac - way better system than pc for me. Love my macbook - the best computer I ever used. Long live mac!

Jan. 28 2010 11:06 AM
antonio from the republic of park slope..

A verizon iphone is what should have been announced!

Jan. 28 2010 11:04 AM
Dennis from New York

JT, profit isn't an argument. People, not profits determine society produces, and companies will figure out how to make those products as efficiently as possible. We used to buy cars without safety features because they were "expensive" for the manufacturers.
If we continue to allow companies create DRMed products, all we'll soon have is gadgets for a particular purpose company wants you to use it for (to maximize profits), not computers.

Jan. 28 2010 10:37 AM
Bill D. from Staten Island

Let's be realistic here.
The Ipad IS a GIANT Ipod touch. Except it does LESS. All the little mac fanboys will get all up in arms, but this is not a great product.
If you have a smart phone or a laptop, you will not buy this unless you are a bad stereotype of a macfanboy.
This is actually a step back for computing as it is a closed system. It is not even a real OS. It doesnt come close to OSX or Windows7. It is more like old school AOL.
You cannot install anything you want on it that is not going through apple. Monopoly anyone? 1998 anyone? Where's Janet Reno?

Jan. 28 2010 10:30 AM
Bill Koslosky, MD from

Notice there was no mention of McGraw-Hill in Jobs' presentation.

CEO Terry "Quickdraw" McGraw learned a painful lesson about the Apple cult of secrecy and reprisals after he leaked news about the iPad on CNBC the day before.

Jan. 28 2010 10:29 AM

Who cares? There's more important events to discuss, like why Time Warner Cable moved the Weather Channel away from its decades-long position at Channel 72 without giving any prior warning to its customers (or its customer service reps) before the day of the switch, which was yesterday. One can live without an iPad, but can one be prepared for the day ahead without knowing what the weather will be, because you can't find the Weather Channel?

Jan. 28 2010 10:28 AM
Bill Koslosky, MD from in the aether

This is not a blown up iPod or iPhone.

The major deal about this device is the Apple "custom silicon" A4 processor. Everything else people want will have to come with later versions.

Jan. 28 2010 10:20 AM
JT from Long Island

I don't understand why so many people complain about the fact that Apple's is a closed system. If this is a priority for you just don't buy their products. Most people are fine running off the shelf software and don't need/want to run open source software. If they did Apple would be hurting financially. The complainers seem to really want to buy iPhones, etc otherwise they would just buy Android phones and move on.

The iPhone is just a cool product that does what people want. That's why Google, Microsoft, Blackberry, etc have moved their products in the same direction.

Jan. 28 2010 10:07 AM
JT from Long Island

@Jon from NYC,
The Newton didn't do well because it cost $700 when it came out in 1993. That was half the price of a low end Mac at the time for significantly less power, software, etc. Handwriting recognition was definitely not the reason it flopped. You make it sound like Sculley was a much better leader but the company was in terrible shape when he was replaced as CEO.

Jan. 28 2010 09:51 AM
john from office

Looks alot like a large Iphone

Jan. 28 2010 09:46 AM
hjs from 11211

is this a paid add. i hope this talk will include tablet PCs other than the ipad also.

Jan. 28 2010 09:44 AM
sr from NJ

gosh, imagine signing, 'replied from my i pad', it is so funny and embarrassing.

Jan. 28 2010 09:22 AM
Dennis from New York

*With new tablet device, Apple's Steve Jobs pushes unprecedented
extension of DRM to a new class of general purpose computers*

Please sign our petition to Steve Jobs at:

DRM is used by Apple to restrict users' freedom in a variety of ways,
including blocking installation of software that comes from anywhere
except the official Application Store, and regulating every use of
movies downloaded from iTunes. Apple furthermore claims that
circumventing these restrictions is a criminal offense, even for
purposes that are permitted by copyright law.

"Attention needs to be paid to the computing infrastructure our society
is becoming dependent upon. This past year, we have seen how human
rights and democracy protesters can have the technology they use turned
against them by the corporations who supply the products and services
they rely on. Your computer should be yours to control. By imposing such
restrictions on users, Steve Jobs is building a legacy that endangers
our freedom for his profits," said FSF executive director Peter Brown.

Other critics of DRM have asserted that Apple is not responsible, and it
is the publishers insisting on the restrictions. However, on the iPhone
and its new tablet, Apple does not provide publishers any way to opt out
of the restrictions -- even free software and free culture authors who
want to give legal permission for users to share their works.

"This is a huge step backward in the history of computing," said FSF's
Holmes Wilson, "If the first personal computers required permission from
the manufacturer for each new program or new feature, the history of
computing would be as dismally totalitarian as the milieu in Apple's
famous Super Bowl ad."

Jan. 28 2010 09:19 AM
sarah from Morristown

Seriously. Mark my words, this thing was not named by a woman.

Jan. 28 2010 09:16 AM
Dark Symbolist from New York City

Ok...I'll be the first to say it: The name makes me think of a maxi-pad...

Jan. 28 2010 08:05 AM
Jon from NYC

"...hybrid overglorified iPhone/underwhelming Macintosh..."

Jan. 28 2010 08:02 AM
Jon from NYC

1990s: Apple, under the leadership of John Scully, releases an innovative handheld called the Newton. It is the state of the art and ahead of its time - in both hardware and software. Its only flaw: the handwriting recognition leaves much to be desired by the public.

2010: The Apple Cult, under the "can-do-no-wrong" leadership of Steve "Just call me God" Jobs, releases a hybrid overglorified iPhone. It is a status symbol of geek chique, has a few flaws(*), and is years overdue. But everyone in the public is willing to overlook it because Steve can do no wrong and will change the world.

No thanks - I want better computers, not to be a slave to a company's vertically integrated revenue streams. uPad, iWon't.

(*) Handwriting recognition? GPS? Telephony? Camera? Sync via iTunes (why the hell does it do that, anyway?)? Runs iPhone's underwhelming OS? Proprietary lockouts to prevent porting full-fledged open-source apps?

Jan. 28 2010 07:58 AM
Joseph F. Fazio from Manhattan New York

I'm 62 and I struggle everyday with fear in this brave new world. I wish that I could find some place to live that was under threat of violence in all its forms. But what really frightens me is that when the time comes for me to die I won't have any control over the process. This could mean horrible pain confusion and delay.

Jan. 28 2010 07:36 AM

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