In my 37 years, I have yet to see any single company that innovates like Apple does. We had the Apple I and Apple II years ago (my first touch of a computer system), followed by the development of the Macintosh Computer system in 1984. A flurry of advancements in processing power, capability and functionality spurred Apple forward through the 80's and early 90's. During the Early 90's it really seemed like Apple was losing it - bad marketing, execution, development almost laid waste to what was an awesome company... Only with the return of Steve Jobs and his electrifying personality, did Apple find new life and a new found resurgence.
With the advent of Mac OS X, new Apple computer designs and increased stability (thank you NeXTStep), Apple was starting to grow again and reach new persons. The iPod was a phenomenal success and what a revolutionary device (except for the DRM stuff, which proved to just be more problematic than anything). The iPod helped spur better design and innovation and led ultimately to the iPhone - and for the first time, we had a device that was as close to converging computer and phone and multimedia player than anything had done before.
For the Record, I was an early adopter for the iPhone - best purchase I ever made.
Now we come to the Evolutionary change announced today and it is truly a jump forward. Companies have been pushing and touting their tablet based PC's with Windows OS, but have been hampered by mediocre performance or kludged operating system implementations. I also admit that the NetBook craze of the past several years has really driven the market forward, but that craze did not seem to last very long.
The advent of, what I can only characterize as an iTouch on Steroids, the iPad will bridge the gap between my iPhone and my MacBook Pro 13".
Let's look at some of the key points of the device:
- Runs Safari, E-Mail, Photos, Video, YouTube, iPod, iTunes Store
- Enhanced Maps
- New Notes application
- New Calendar application
- New Contacts application
- LED IPS display (9.7"), 1024x768 display
- Multi-Touch capable
- Thin and Light (1.5 lbs and .5 inches thick/thin)
- 10 hours of battery life (probably will be more like 6-8)
- Wireless (WiFI)
- 3G capable (separate unit due out in April) (called WiFI + 3G Model)
- New 1 GHz A4 (Apple Developed) CPU
- 30 pin dock connector (like iPod/iTouch/iPhone)
- Audio - speaker and microphone built in - and headphone jack for privacy
Well - there are a lot of criticisms on the Internet (especially from Gizmodo site) about the device and I have to say that this is an impressive piece of technology and artwork and it will enhance my life and my technological arsenal. This device will not be for everyone, but it is helping setting the stage for other hardware manufactures to step up their game, once again, to meet Apple and try to beat them - without the iPhone, the HTC based phones would look like crap and don't get me started on Android.
Thank you Apple for once again setting the bar. Let's see if Microsoft and the PC hardware developers can follow suit - I hear Dell has some cool things on the way.