Tim Oppenheim
Standard Geek

Apple iPad

Okay it’s out and I have read and heard all the p
undits so once again I feel obliged to comment.

1. People need to understand that Apple is a hardware company. Steve Jobs and Woz made the decision when they started that this is what they do. That’s why they don’t license their software. They want to build and, better still, support the whole widget. I rarely have problems with my machines and when I do they are usually taken care of quickly and professionally. Yes, I do pay for it, but the loss of aggravation and run around is worth it. I know that developers enjoy more loyalty and less headaches by developing for one platform...ask Microsoft.

2. It’s not open. OMG! No it’s not. Thank god. I have no problems with malware or the other constant problems that plague other platforms. Apple users expect their stuff to “ just work “ and it does. I hate it, but Symantic will make good money off their Android Anti-Virus software.

3. The iPad is just a big iPod touch. Yes good. I like the iPod touch, but wish it were just a bit bigger. If you look at vertical markets this device could be killer. Deployed in my organization; a device that could easily be carried and used to fill forms in application like a clipboard, but locked from installing malware seem perfect. I hope that our main vendors work to make their applications iPad ready.

4. iWork? Perfect, now I can do actual work with an application fitted to hardware. Who here has used MS Office with a tablet? If you have you will immediately grasp the issues.

It was time to rethink the tablet. I have used a couple and we have one floating around the house. They are heavy and a pain to use, This will be a huge success for Apple.