The iPad will be the most important product Apple has ever created

drjsway

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Nobody wants to use a mouse or a trackpad.

Sure, that's what we've gotten used to because of the limitations of technology but the ideal has always been the direct manipulation of objects with your fingers. That was always the next evolutionary step and the iPhone, with its wonderful multi-touch capacitive screen, was the first one to get it right.

The touch screen IS what makes the iPhone so enjoyable to use. When I'm already on my laptop, I still prefer to use my iPhone for certain apps: Fandango, Calculator, Stocks, iTunes, Mail, Mint.com, MyWireless, Zagat, Pandora, Skype (for voice calls) and most games.

When Jobs says the iPad has a better experience than a laptop, I believe him because the iPhone is already better at many tasks. The problem is obviously the small display. Tasks with a lot of reading are still more enjoyable on a laptop. Well, the iPad has all of the iPhone's strengths and solves its main problem.

While the iPad doesn't have 100% of the functionality of a laptop, I strongly believe that a lot of people can survive with the iPad being their only PC. Most people spend 90% of their time inside a web browser: surfing the web, checking e-mail, social networking. Other times, they might play the occasional game, write a paper/letter in Pages, check calendar or address book, or IM with friends.

They can do all of this with iPad, a product that is:

1. More intuitive, easier, and enjoyable to use than all other laptops.
2. Lighter and Thinner than all other laptops.
3. Half the price of the next cheapest Apple portable computer (MacBook)

I would even go as far as to say that the iPad is the first full internet device anyone can use. As easy as mice/trackpads are, you must still learn how to use them but anyone can pick up an iPad and browse the web in minutes. No one needs to be taught how to use an ATM.

As far as the keyboard is concerned, I type about 80WPM and 40WPM on the iPhone. If the iPad can give me 60WPM, that's good enough. Keep in mind also that most non-tech people "hunt and peck" anyway so it'll all be the same to them.

This is Apple's most important product because it's the first full computer for everyone, from 3-year-olds to grandmas and offers a browsing experience better than even the most expensive of laptops and does all that for a price point of $499.

My prediction: iPad will be the most successful product in Apple's history.
 

Chaos123x

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Nobody wants to use a mouse or a trackpad.

Sure, that's what we've gotten used to because of the limitations of technology but the ideal has always been the direct manipulation of objects with your fingers. That was always the next evolutionary step and the iPhone, with its wonderful multi-touch capacitive screen, was the first one to get it right.

The touch screen IS what makes the iPhone so enjoyable to use. When I'm already on my laptop, I still prefer to use my iPhone for certain apps: Fandango, Calculator, Stocks, iTunes, Mail, Mint.com, MyWireless, Zagat, Pandora, Skype (for voice calls) and most games.

When Jobs says the iPad has a better experience than a laptop, I believe him because the iPhone is already better at many tasks. The problem is obviously the small display. Tasks with a lot of reading are still more enjoyable on a laptop. Well, the iPad has all of the iPhone's strengths and solves its main problem.

While the iPad doesn't have 100% of the functionality of a laptop, I strongly believe that a lot of people can survive with the iPad being their only PC. Most people spend 90% of their time inside a web browser: surfing the web, checking e-mail, social networking. Other times, they might play the occasional game, write a paper/letter in Pages, check calendar or address book, or IM with friends.

They can do all of this with iPad, a product that is:

1. More intuitive, easier, and enjoyable to use than all other laptops.
2. Lighter and Thinner than all other laptops.
3. Half the price of the next cheapest Apple portable computer (MacBook)

I would even go as far as to say that the iPad is the first full internet device anyone can use. As easy as mice/trackpads are, you must still learn how to use them but anyone can pick up an iPad and browse the web in minutes. No one needs to be taught how to use an ATM.

As far as the keyboard is concerned, I type about 80WPM and 40WPM on the iPhone. If the iPad can give me 60WPM, that's good enough. Keep in mind also that most non-tech people "hunt and peck" anyway so it'll all be the same to them.

This is Apple's most important product because it's the first full computer for everyone, from 3-year-olds and grandmas and offers a browsing experience better than even the most expensive of laptops and does all that for a price point of $499.

My prediction: iPad will be the most successful product in Apple's history.
whoa that's allot of words. You could of just said it will do for computing what the Wii did for gaming. (alienate the base and sell a whole bunch of useless garbage software)

They both have funny names too.
 

drjsway

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The iPad does everything my wife does on a mac but because it didn't exist at the time, I bought her a MacBook and wasted $600.
 

drjsway

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And what's up with that Ives dude, he talked about the iPad like he wanted to knuckle one out on it.:D
Because it's the most innovative product he ever designed? God, it's amazing how out of touch MacRumors geeks are from the general public. This thing will outsell the entire Mac line guaranteed.
 

Chaos123x

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I don't see what's so special about Ives designs. There like rectangle with metal and glass. It's just like ok. I like it simple. But why does he praised for creating a square?

It's like those Porsche designed harddrives a few years back, the design was just a metal brick. WTF
 

admanimal

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I don't see what's so special about Ives designs. There like rectangle with metal and glass. It's just like ok. I like it simple. But why does he praised for creating a square?

It's like those Porsche designed harddrives a few years back, the design was just a metal brick. WTF
What do the tablets that you have designed look like? Are they comfortable to use? Are they inexpensive to manufacture? Do all of their internal components fit efficiently inside of the body while remaining as thin as possible and not overheating? Did you leave enough room for a battery that will last a reasonable amount of time?

Of course designs are subjective, but I think it's important to appreciate the thought that goes into it, even if it's just to make a "rectangle with metal and glass".
 

iBlue

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Because it's the most innovative product he ever designed? God, it's amazing how out of touch MacRumors geeks are from the general public. This thing will outsell the entire Mac line guaranteed.
No, you think it's the most innovative product he ever designed. You're entitled to think so but others not agreeing doesn't make them out of touch. Unless you mean out of touch with your line of thinking.

This crap winds me up. Why can't some people accept that others may have another opinion about it without trying to somehow "prove them wrong"?
 

drjsway

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No, you think it's the most innovative product he ever designed. You're entitled to think so but others not agreeing doesn't make them out of touch. Unless you mean out of touch with your line of thinking.

This crap winds me up. Why can't some people accept that others may have another opinion about it?
We'll wait until sales data comes out. If the iPad does outsell the entire mac line, then it is no longer my opinion and it's a fact that he is out of touch with the general public.
 

bmcgrath

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I think the iPad is a good product. I'm not sure it's going make a massive impact but it will certainly shake up the tablet industry.

For me.... I probably will buy it and get rid of my Macbook Pro in favor of a nice iMac. Then again.... I could happily sell my laptop, keep my iPhone and buy an iMac.

If I'm honest I found there to be a lot more buzz around the launch of the first iPhone and more of an oooh and aaah from people about the iPhone. I certainly won't rule out the iPad till I take it for a test drive. I'm sure I'll end up loving it :D
 

OllyW

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We'll wait until sales data comes out. If the iPad does outsell the entire mac line, then it is no longer my opinion and it's a fact that he is out of touch with the general public.
And if it doesn't then you are out of touch and his opinion becomes fact.

It still won't matter. :rolleyes:
 

iBlue

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We'll wait until sales data comes out. If the iPad does outsell the entire mac line, then it is no longer my opinion and it's a fact that he is out of touch with the general public.
I didn't say anything about the sales, did I? No. Feel free to try to dispute what I actually said.

I have no idea if it will outsell the mac products. Maybe it will. It's not as expensive as the average mac so it's less of a commitment to buy. So yes, the numbers may be higher, such as with the incredible growth of the iPhone.
It's not comparable to the mac line anyway though. The iPad (ghastly name, BTW) is not a proper computer. It's a giant iPhone, but one that is missing a camera, GPS and a whole bunch of other useful things (ahem: multitasking) that may come out in future revisions. Acceptable for some but not for me. FOR ME the iPad doesn't have everything I want or hoped for, so *gasp* I'm not going to buy it. We all have our reasons for wanting or not wanting something. Big deal. Trying to sway people to your point of view is annoying and pointless. That's my primary point. See signature below...