There has been allot of disappointment in the forums regarding the iPad. Don't want to rehash too much of what I said in other topics but . all we saw was the hardware and a glimpse of the software based on some Apple redesigned Apps to take advantage of the larger screen real estate. Since no one really had their hands on this device besides Apple, nothing tangible could be created to really show it off. All that was taken away was that this is an ipod touch with a larger screen since it runs pretty much all of the current Apps. I think this is also why there is a 60 day window before the first product is on store shelves. Leaves a long window to make tons of announcements to keep this device front and center and allow developers & Apple to show what this device REALLY can do. But where does that leave us ATV owners or Mac Mini Owners who are looking for a ways to show off and control our content in home theater settings. Yes you can control the ATV or Mac Mini's iTunes via the current Remote App on an iPod Touch/iPhone. Its nice and portable but not the most elegant thing to control your media. In the scheme of touchscreens, the iPad is dirt cheap compared to what other Home Technology companies charge for a touchscreen. Apple's Remote App or another 3rd party App could easily take advantage of the larger screen real estate to create a much better & richer control experience. I can see cool stuff like bring up DVD cover art and do a flick gesture forward toward the screen to "throw" it on the TV to play. Easily add a jukebox functionality showing what's playing in the room, add to Queue, etc. There could really be a cool wow factor and unique ways to play and control your media. Nice large screen real estate for development of a third part remote control app to control all your AV gear. I guess we will have to wait and see but I can see potential for great things. For those using a Mini, using the iPad virtual keyboard and allow easier text entry with the nice large virtual keyboard. Or use a VNC app and nice large screen to control the Mini if you want without having to use a computer to manage your iTunes library (Although an app for this would be better option). The iPod Touch & iPhone opened the door for this sort of control but the screen isn't large enough to take advantage of great functionality. There is only so much that could fit on a screen and you can only make icons so small. I think Apple also realized this as well and saw a benefit for the use of a large screen to make certain Apps way more functional, just like Apple did with the Mail, Photo and Safari Apps shown. The ability to have instant on functionality and a large battery life is key to using this as a control platform for Home theater / Home automation. I think the take way for the iPad is that it will be different things for different people. For some it may be sitting on the coffee table to control the Home Theater and media. Let you surf the web on the couch if needed and show off your photos as a digital picture frame while sitting in the dock. For others it may be a book reader and a way to surf the web. The price point is low enough that it can appeal to people many different ways. I think its also why the device comes with or without 3g. If you are using it in the house for control do you have a need for 3G? The price point is one where households could potentially purchase multiple units. BTW, I can also see this hardware making its way into the Next generation ATV. Lower power consumption (more energy efficient), Instant On (So you can actually turn the device off) and a faster processor. I think the iPad will pave the way for the ATV and turn a future version from a "hobby" in Apples eyes to a central part of a full home media experience. If what I conceive is true it would then help drive sales in both directions. Those with an ATV to buy an iPad for the unique control experience and iPad owners to get an ATV for use with their iPad for a rich media experience on the big screen.