Introducing The Apple iPad

Posted on 22 March 2010


I guess the big question about the iPad is, “What am I going to use it for?” Until Apple released its mysterious tablet everyone was sure they didn’t want a tablet PC considering the availability of other similar devices and the beauty that is the iPhone. Now that its out, however, many are beginning to wonder if the iPad is even something they need. To find out what you might use the iPad for it makes sense to look at how Apple is marketing it. Steve Jobs specifically placed it between the iPhone and a Notebook like the MacBook. I use both and don’t know if I need something in between but I think Apple is hoping enough people don’t have both and will willing to try something in between. Another major factor in the overall usefulness of the product is going to be the great selection of third party iPad cases and covers like an iPad book cover.

A good deal of the reviews I have seen about the iPad that decry its usefulness are by techies like me who already have gadgets a plenty and can’t see the need for something with this kind of niche. On the other hand, I have many friends who like Apple products but don’t have them because work requires them to have a Blackberry and their PC is only allowed for work purposes. I can see these folks using a tablet at home to check email and catch up on the news. For these people the iPad might be a financial relief over having to buy a new home computer they only use for checking email and surfing the web. The apps on the iPad will also open future possibilities.

I can also see the iPad becoming a controller for your TV, Stereo etc. as I am sure someone will find a way to create an infrared transmitter and an app for that. In the end I think the iPad will fill the niche just as Apple expects. While it may never become ubiquitous in every home, it will be useful in those homes that adopt it.

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