Other than my programming tasks, all of the tasks that I normally do in my laptop, I can do now using my iPad. I can surf the web, read email, play games, read books, etc… Computing is so much fun with the touch interaction. The user interface is beautiful and functional. I can only wish this device would have been out a long time ago. That way, I would never have to deal with the frustrations of having blue screen coming out, finding software ‘drivers’ to behave with the current system configuration, reinstalling OS after few months, removing viruses and making sure you have Norton software installed. A computer should help me get the job done not interfere with my work. It shouldn’t be so technical that it will take me a long to get used to it and be productive. I think I have that computer in my hand right now with the iPad.
Yes! My iPad pulls through! So I tried earlier to copy a picture that I had in my Pages doc and that would not paste into my email, therefore did not show up on my blog entry.
But this time I tried copy pasting from my iPhoto library and whala, please enjoy my picture of our cute little doggy. This is of course when he was a little 8 week old puppy. He is now a whopping 1 year old. And that old carrot of his has seen some difficult times since then.
￼We’ve been developing for the iPhone for about a year and a half now and it’s only now, after the iPad, that I begin to ask the question, what is touch computing and where will it take us? I wonder what we all would have thought if it was the iPad that came out first and then the iPhone and iPod Touch. Would we so easily pass by this remarkable device with the same carelessness that seems so prevalent? Have we gotten so used to the iPhone and the iPod Touch that we can look at it and say, “Man, it’s just a big iPod Touch.” Or can we take ourselves back to the innocence of 3 years ago and say, “Wow, what is this thing?”
It’s hard to tell. I feels like the temptation for many developers and onlookers is to build a bridge between what computers had been and what this touch interface computer is now. The computer of the past had such and such, and the iPad doesn’t so that’s what we need to build. The computer of the past had a data management system, or the computer of the past had tabbed browsing, or the computer of the past had background processing. And I’m not going to lie, I’d like all of those things on my iPad too. But I think the more important question to be asking is, what does touch interface computing and a truly mobile computer mean for the future?
Now that we’ve had a few days to digest the iPad announcement, I wanted to follow up with more thoughts on the significance of the iPad.
After weeks of pondering and discussing with our team about what the “Apple Tablet” might be, today Apple announced the iPad. It’s not what we expected. But after spending the whole day discussing it, I think the iPad just might be the dawn of a new era.