Apple has at last done it. Apple has freed it is new tablet device, that is. The Mac public was expecting, in truth clamoring — for Apple to release such a device — and soon! For Apple to have failed to do so would have been a major letdown (to it is clients as well as it is stockholders). The momentum was just out of the question to resist.
After all, the iPhone is fundamentally a miniature tablet computer. Apple has shown that it may “do” such a device like no one else. So, in spite of Steve Jobs past protestations, freeing a new tablet was a no-brainer. All Apple had to do is scale up it is brilliant interface to a more prominent device.
Did I say “all Apple had to do?” The technical challenges in constructing this new device, called the iPad, were enormous. Apple had to basically design a whole new operating system that is not rather the Mac and not rather the iPhone, rewrite it is core apps from scratch, and fundamentally rethink the entire way a computer operates.
Apple was not the firstborn to release a new tablet computer, just as it was not the primary to release an MP3 player or cell phone, but it may well be the company that succeeds in making the tablet computer genuinely “catch fire” with the public.
Apple has a immense head start out with 140,000+ apps for the iPhone, and it wisely designed the iPad to take vantage of them. The iPad may run iPhone apps at their primary size, or in “pixel doubled mode” twice the size as on the iPhone, so that they closely fill the iPad screen. Developers may effortlessly rewrite their iPhone apps specifically for the iPad in such a way as to take vantage of it is new features.
How will the iPad affect Internet marketers? Of course, the “i” in it is name stands for Internet (and it’s likewise a clever play on the name of the “iPod”). Surfing the web will be a joy, and a more spectacular screen will give users much more room to work with. Apple’s developers brag that it’s like “holding the entire Internet in your hand,” or like reading a physical book or magazine.
Creation of new apps for the iPad by developers could rival the gold rush that sprang up around the iPhone. Apple offers the SDK 3.2 beta for developers with the tools they need to start out creating apps for the iPad, and an iPad simulator that lets them build and run apps on the Mac, lay out the user interface, test memory usage and debug.
Web graphic designers and artists will take delight in the included Brushes application on the iPad’s larger screen, though galore may feel that it is something like fingerpainting — a stylus that works with the iPad will not be supported, at least not initially.
Apple has exclusively rewritten it is productivity software iWork for the iPad. Keynote holds habit graph styles, custom-designed themes, animations and effects, and brand-new features designed just for the iPad. Pages includes Apple-designed templates and formatting tools. Numbers offers over 250 formulas, flexible tables and sophisticated charts.
Want to catch up on your retail reading? Apple has worked hard to make reading e-books, magazines and newsprints pleasurable on the iPad. Apple’s e-book reading software has an interface that looks like a bookshelf. Flip the bookshelf over with your finger, and you’re brought to the online store where you may buy new books.
The iPad’s built-in Safari browser works just like the one on your Mac. And, like the version on your iPhone, you may scroll through pages by flicking your finger throughout them, or pinch or double tap to zoom in on a photo.
The Mail application offers a landscape view with a split screen showing both the current e-mail and the unread messages in your inbox. Want to view the current e-mail message by itself? Simply turn the iPad to portrait mode and the message zooms to fill the screen. The iPad will work with usual e-mail suppliers such as mobile me, Yahoo Mail, Gmail, Hotmail and AOL. To compose a message, you just tap and get started typing.
This brings us to the onscreen keyboard. Many pundits wondered how text entry would work on Apple’s new tablet device. You may use an external keyboard for typing long documents if you wish. However, I think Apple made the right decision in not attempting to build a physical keyboard into the tablet. The goal of the iPad is to fetch your selective information and web surfing up close for an intimate feel. A keypad would merely get amidst you and the screen.
The on-screen keyboard is much larger, of course, than what is possible on the iPhone. In landscape mode, the keyboard is closely as huge as that on a usual laptop. With just a few tweaks to the word acknowledgement and auto-correction features of the iPhone software, typing on this virtual keyboard, I suspect, could be closely as fast as using a real one. Plus, I believe that voice dictation apps could come quickly to the iPad, just as they have to the iPhone.
And, of course, the iPad includes all of the same features as the iPhone, only in a larger form–video, YouTube, the iPod and iTunes, interactional satellite maps, the notepad, a calendar totally redesigned from the ground up for the iPad, Contacts and Spotlight search.
The iPad will be shipped in three dissimilar internal storage configurations and with the option of Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + 3G, for a total of six dissimilar models. The base model, the 16 GB Wi-Fi only, will start out at a reasonable $499, while the top of the line 64 GB Wi-Fi + 3G model will tip the scales at a still lowcost $829. Apple has said that, while most new technologies are introduced at a higher price point and tardily work their way down, Apple wanted to do things differently.
When will the iPad be available? Apple expects the Wi-Fi models to ship in late March and the 3G models to ship in April.
The thinness, just 0.5 inches, the light weight, just 1.5 pounds, and the flexibleness of this new device are sure to make the iPad ordinary with Internet marketers and any person on the go. With it is high solution LED backlight, it’s more prominent display, it’s responsive multi-touch screen and it is powerful Apple-designed processor, the new iPad will be thin and light sufficient to take anywhere. And I suspect that some people will choose to do precisely that.