I’ve been following the stories about the Apple iPad and with the release announcment now official I wanted to take a few minutes to comment on this technology and how it might effect the future.
I am a real fan of Apple technology. I use a Mac every day and use it exclusively for web development, graphic design and video production. Mac has always been on the creative cutting edge. When the iPhone and subsequently the iTouch were released, I couldn’t help but think then that Apple’s next step would be a highly portable, but more functional unit that was similiar, but better than what those products offered. They have done exactly that with iPad.
I am convinced that the Apple iPad is the next step in the evolution of computer/human interface concepts. Cell phone technology has been improving rapidly, but let’s face it, the physical limitations that cell phone size presents to operator interface and data storage limits not only the audience for that technology, but how far it can be advanced. The Apple iPad has solved that problem by creating a book size device, with very intuitive interace, that anyone can use. I don’t text much on cell phones. My fingers are to big. My vision is to poor and for my types of usage, it just doesn’t quite hit the mark. My mom uses here cell phone just for calls for the same reasons. The Apple iPad’s size is probably it’s best asset. Small enough to be portable but big enough to usable, iPad will bring a lot of people “into the fold” when it comes to using this kind of technology.
The newspaper business is dying. The internet and cable TV are killing it. It’s probably better to say that the newspaper business is having to convert into the content development business and the internet advertising business. People who still subscribe to a daily newspaper for home or office delivery, read it over breakfast, or after dinner in the easy chair, maybe on a break at work or in the train station during a commute, but millions of people have abandoned the historic interface between humans and the newspapers we read to access news and information easily and instantly via the internet and cable news. Now comes the iPad. It’s portability makes the breakfast table, the easy chair and even the morning commute a great place to read the newspaper again. However, instead dropping a quarter in a newspaper stand, you just touch your iPad link to your favorite newspaper.
The iPad is green technology too. Think of how many trees can be saved because instead of printing books or newspapers, you can just download them onto your iPad. Think of the savings in manufacturing.
It has long been the stuff of science fiction and science fact that computers would become easier to use. Instead of you having to get smarter to use the computer, which is the way it used to be, the computer is now getting smarter so it is easier for you to use. The Apple iPad is leading a giant leap forward in towards easier interface and more daily usage of technology by everyone.