Did Apple underdeliver with the iPad?

The hype and speculation around what Apple was going to announce yesterday was quite incredible. The realty of it at the end of the day though was that everyone was expecting far more, something far more revolutionary and game changing, and instead we got a giant iPhone that’s not even a phone.

I can’t help but feel underwhelmed. I was ready with money in my pocket to run out and get one (the first model with WiFi only is available in 2 months, Wifi + 3G in 3 months), but now I’ve got the details I can’t see why I would want one – It overlaps with everything else I already own but doesn’t replace anything:

  • It’s a large phone-like internet device but it’s not a phone, so I still need my phone.
  • It has a screen like my laptop (ok, touch enabled), but it’s no where near as powerful as my MacBook Pro.
  • I can run anything on my laptop, but the iPad is restricted to iPhone apps
  • It doesn’t have any cameras, forward facing or rear facing, so no good for video calls
  • It doesn’t use eInk or similar technology – if I wanted an ebook reader I’d most likely buy a Kindle instead because it’s easier on the eyes for reading ‘print’
  • It doesn’t have any USB connections for connecting my camera, and looks like there’s no iPhoto equivalent
  • If you want to connect anything to it you have to buy a variety of dongle connectors, which are extra (?!)
  • It’s too big to carry around, won’t fit in you pocket, but too small to replace my MacBook Pro
  • It’s too expensive and underpowered compared with practically any other netbook. Steve said in the presentation why would you buy a netbook when you can have one of these, but that doesn’t make any sense. If I’m going to spend 400 on a small form computing device, at this point I’d rather get a netbook because you get more computing power and flexibility for the same if not less money

So I don’t get it. This device isn’t obviously aimed at me or people like me, so who is it aimed at? If you didn’t already have a laptop but wanted to surf the web from your sofa, would you be interested in one of these? Possibly, but it still seems too expensive

I seriously think Apple undelivered with this gadget. But maybe that was intentional to keep the price low – the result is though that for the money you get something which is quite underwhelming, and I think you could get far more for your money if you shop around

Big day for both Oracle and Apple today (1/27/10)

Sun will be announcing their plans for Sun & Java going forward at 9am PST today, and Apple are holding their press conference at 10am PST to announce what ever it is they are going to announce.

Based on all the iTable/iSlate/iPad rumors, here’s some features that I would like to see:

  • multifinger gestures
  • proximity sensing interaction (popup menus as your finger approaches the screen?)
  • texture/tactile feedback
  • stream HD output wirelessly over wireless HDMI

My bet on the name is that it won’t be the iPad – the recent fuss over this name was just to keep competitors away from a name that’s too close to the iPod, plus it sounds too much like some electronic sanitary product. My bet is going on either iTablet or iSlate, or maybe even the Apple Slate, or Apple Tablet

Will Apple’s tablet announced next week be called the iPad?

Up until now most people have been speculating the iSlate or iTablet – the iSlate since Apple registered this name a few years back as a trademark and also registered the islate.com and islate.co.uk domain names through an intermediary back in 2006. The interesting thing is while most articles have been talking about the iSlate or iTablet, last week there was an article on the local Sacramento TV news about the upcoming device and they kept referring to it as the iPad – strange I thought, since no-one else was refering to it by that name.

Well, this morning, this article claims the latest rumor is that the device will be the iPad, since Apple registered this name through a dummy company owned by Apple most recently in July 2009. Doing a few more searches, there was a Borders book survey back in August 2009 where one of the questions asked if they were planning on buying an ‘Apple iPad’ – maybe at the time with was just a typo?

So there you have it. Could it be that the tablet device to be announced next week is the iPad?