Let’s face it, it’s only just been announced, so not every single fact is set in concrete (except the Kotaku link, because they were at the announcement). But here’s my personal pull-no-punches take on the new Apple iPad.
First things first, it’s an iPod Touch the size of an A4 refill pad. Hence iPad I suppose. The biggest size capacity you can get them in is 64GB. Which is alright I suppose when you consider the size of the thing, but compared to other laptops that you can get for the same price, not enough. That same 64GB is the same capacity of the most high-end iPod Touch. It’s built-in web browser (Apple Safari, obviously) won’t be supporting Flash. There’s no USB support. There’s no CD support. There’s no webcam. There isn’t even multi-tasking.
Wow, talk about Captain Negativity! There’s a vast myriad of reasons already that I won’t be dropping dimes on this, and that’s before I even mention the prices. As seen on Kotaku:
WiFi only models are:
$499 – 16GB
$599 – 32GB
$699 – 64 GB
3G models are:
$629 – 16GB
$729 – 32GB
$829 – 64 GB
For what you get back out of it, it seems somewhat extortionate. I suppose there is a market in there somewhere, but lack of built-in camera’s also already killed the Skype market, and with the iPod Touch/iPhone comparisons in size and capabilities still ringing from earlier, I’m not too sure who this is supposed to appeal to. A lot of the sites I go on, the same people hyping it up are the same people that are now uninterested because all it is is the same as what they have, only for people with bigger hands.
I think the hype train really outdid itself on this one.
I wrote this under both categories because, well, I’m pretty sure there’ll be more than games on this machine.