2012 - the year of "breach"
Feed... THE Feed. No need to be humble. It will be awesome.
Perhaps one of the points here is that some of us are not the target market for this device.
One of my grandparents has just spent a couple of months learning her way around a Windows PC so she can communicate with the kids and grandkids, use the web, and so on. (After 25 years of GUI computing, should people really have to take classes to do the basics? Sorry, tangent there)
These things are never going to be an intuitive task for her, and it doesn't "just work". It's a means to an end. She doesn't like it much, but she likes what she can do with it.
There is some enthusiasm there for an iPad. For her, the iPad might do something her computer can't do, which is get her excited about using technology.
The iPad may in some ways be an "in between" device, but I am becoming quite struck about how there really does seem to be a market for it. I think it will be a hit.
Here's more on the iPad, Apple and where they're going with file systems. Very interesting reading.
Closed devices like the iPad may be the future for a lot of people.
Will I be able to read the UK Empire on my iPad or will I be stuck with the crappy Australian one? Inquiring minds want to know. And the iPad is all about content.
The great Apple ecology (ecologists?) promised us access to a huge world of content, like movies and TV, through the iTunes store. But in NZ there are few deals for this content after several years. A handful of expensive movies. I can't help but wonder if there will ever be access here to more than a handful of books. I know that rights and licencing are difficult, but still ...
And that’s before we get to the issue of broadband caps, and downloading your content or moving it around.
Here in NZ we take up new consumer technologies quickly and upgrade the structures and agreements that support them very slowly. I’d really like to see something like the iPad take off and help a bit of progress here.