I for one won’t be buying an Apple iPad once it’s released in a months’ time. I don’t see enough compelling reasons to buy such a “lame” product. I watched with keen interest the Apple iPad video and identified a long, long list of essential features that are simply not there…
For example, the screen is far too small to use in a conference environment, presenting to 200 delegates — which, let’s face it, is the least we could ask for. There isn’t even a version of Microsoft Office, so all hope of a thrilling Powerpoint presentation is gone.
In one fell swoop, Apple eschew the entire business presentation market, abandoning sales executives and marketing managers alike.
Then there’s the lack of military-grade GPS technology, as well as a toughened transparent aluminum case, which makes using the iPad in the upper echelons of elite, secretive government foreign intelligence agencies impossible.
Clearly this will hit the counter terrorism efforts the hardest, leaving them with little alternative but to look to competing tablet device manufacturers, those that offer retinal and finger print scanning.
Frankly, I’m appalled by the complete absence of “hard light” holographic visualization technology, I’m personally devastated at not being able to watch a slide show of the photos I took of my kids playing with Susie, our pet poodle, in tactile holography mode, allowing the kids to pet a holographic Susie, as she was really there — which she is most of the time anyway, but that’s not the point.
Designers will find little cheer when they discover that the iPhone doesn’t support Adobe Creative Suite 4. Instead, they will have to make do with Photoshop Mobile and it’s crude collection of photo editing options.
It’s still not possible to use Apple’s iPhone as a remote control for the Hughes M230 Chain Gun 30mm, single-barrel automatic cannon. And now all hope of the iPad supporting this of most basic of military field operational needs is gone, also. The confidence of our armed services will sink to a new low. They will have to make do with playing Need For Speed Shift instead.
If you’re a digital archivist, forget about iPad. With a maximum storage size of just 64 gigabytes, no upgrade path and no mass storage support, any thoughts you had of support for multi-patabyte document management systems is just a dream.
What the experts say
“We were really hoping the iPad offered support for stereo-lithographic 3d modeling, but I guess that’s something [Apple] will be work on? It’s a shame, though.” Forensic facial reconstruction expert, working for the Miami-Dade police department in Florida, USA.
“When I realized Apple had forgot to include full PVR support, as well as options for satellite, cable and terrestrial TV, I just laughed. Honestly, these are just basics, surely?” Home entertainment columnist writing for a popular consumer technology magazine in France.
“As far as I’m aware, there’s no waterproofing, certainly not sufficient for underwater use. As an oil rig engineer and experienced diver, support for deep sea diving is a minimum.” Senior dive team member, working for British Petroleum.
It’s hard to put into words how badly Apple have managed the development of the iPad, or how the market will react to such a clearly weak, insufficiently equipped and already out-of-date product that fails to meet the simple needs of so many different industries and groups of people.
Only time will tell whether Apple have made the right choice…
BTW: just in case you read this and thought I was being serious, well I’m not — this is a follow-on from my iPhone article, way back when. So no angry misspelled verbiage in the comments, please!