January 27, 2010 Leave a comment
The iPAD is not a feminine hygiene product. This was a thought expressed by a friend of mine on Twitter. To clear up the confusion, it is a new product offering from APPLE.
I have not seen this new gadget, but have read some news articles about it. It is being touted as a bridge between a smart phone and a laptop. The device does not have a regular keyboard, but does have an on-screen keyboard.
The price is said to start around $499, with upgrades available for an additional charge. As far as I can tell, it is APPLE’s answer to the Netbook market.
The tablet style, with a touchscreen, makes it a little different, but the 10 inch screen is about the same as one would find on a conventional Netbook. It reportedly has an electronic reader built-in, and is being positioned to compete with the Amazon Kindle to some degree.
I am not sure about the reader functionality, since the Kindle is built for long-term use, but it is pleasing to see new technological innovations occurring at a relatively low price.
The iPAD has an available upgrade to include 3G wireless, like some Netbooks, so it would not be surprising to see it offered by one or more wireless providers. I do not know if it will be exclusively sold through AT&T like the iPhone currently is, but would not be surprised if that is the case.
For the most part, I am not an APPLE fan, but I do like it when more competition exists. Just a couple of years ago, Steve Jobs said that APPLE would never make a $500 computer, because he considered them junk.
My how times have changed.
It will be interesting to see how the marketplace responds.