Apple iPad: Views from the web
Apple has unveiled the iPad, a touch-screen, tablet-style computer that Steve Jobs has described as 'magical' and 'revolutionary'. But what do the great and the good from the world of technology think?
Gizmodo: "If this is supposed to be a replacement for netbooks, how can it possibly not have multitasking? Are you saying I can't listen to Pandora while writing a document? I can't have my Twitter app open at the same time as my browser? I can't have AIM open at the same time as my email? Are you kidding me? This alone guarantees that I will not buy this product...And no support for Flash videos is annoying but not a dealbreaker on the iPhone and iPod Touch. On something that's supposed to be closer to a netbook or laptop? It will leave huge, gaping holes in websites."
James Friedland, analyst at Cowen & Co: "This is not an ereader -- this is a device that can be used to read books, but it will be priced three to five times more expensive than the Kindle. Even though Apple is launch the iBookstore...it doesn't change the game. You can already get a Kindle app for the iPhone. Our view is that over time, Apple and Amazon will emerge as the two largest players in ebooks."
Cnet: "With the iPad, Apple has finally made an attempt to blend all the recent advancements in modern computing into one product. Being a larger platform with support for a variety of gestures, the new iPad brings all the computing benefits of the iPhone with similar portability. Granted it will not exactly fit in your pocket, but it is still small enough to easily travel anywhere with you."
Ned May, analyst at Outsell Inc: "Apple has done it again, not because they are doing one thing so uniquely well, but because they are doing a lot of things much better than they were done before. It's pulling together a variety of needs in a universal entertainment device. What once occupied half your living room can now be dropped in a bag."
Stuff: "The iBook Store and application is beautifully realised...The iPad is really thin and light. It feels much more like an overgrown iPod touch than a fully fledged tablet PC...But you wouldn't want to type for too long on the iPad's virtual keyboard."
James McQuivey, analyst, Forrester Research: "I don't actually think that many people are going to end up buying the $499 model...those are the people who are going to buy iPod touches. But anyone else who's going to use this device in the way it was shown is going to need more memory and is going to need 3G."
GDGT: "Will people buy it in droves? Is there actually room for a device between smartphones and laptops? That I don’t know — I’ve always been sceptical there’s room for a third category in there. But if there is a contender for this space, this is it."
Stephen Baker, analyst, NPD Group: "So far it looks like a big iPod touch wth some more power under the hood, smoother ways of doing things and a bigger screen to support that...But I'm not sure what the 'killer app' is yet and what the reason is for buying this product."
Engadget: "The screen is stunning...the speed of the CPU is something to be marvelled at. It is blazingly fast. Moving in and out of apps was a breeze. Everything flew. But there's not multi-tasking at all. That's a real disappointment. All this power and very little you can do with it at once. It's a real setback for this device...The ebook implementation is about as close as you can get to reading without a stack of bound paper in your hand. The visual stuff really helps flesh out the experience. It may be just for show, but it counts here."
Seth Jayson, analyst, Motley Fool: "I thought this would have had a little more functionality. Reading books on computer screens is not what people have wanted to do. It's horrible on the eyes. I doubt this will be the Kindle killer anyone predicted. I have my doubts that the people at Amazon will be too worried about this...It's tough for me to figure out who needs this device, because most people are doing everything it does on the iPhone...I think the iPad wil be a tough sell in the current economy. The iPhone does almost everything, but it fits in to a pocket, and most people have laptops. Apple really is competing against itself."
PC World: "What was all this about saving old media? While the New York Times briefly showed off an app, and we saw an online bookstore called iBooks, Apple didn't show any radically new content or business models, and no magazine subscriptions, just free web sites. The iPad is very much a large-screen iPod touch."