So, today Apple announced the much-anticipated, much-rumored iPad, a device somewhere in between an iPhone/iPod Touch and a Macbook.
I think it’s brilliant. (But you’re not surprised, I know.)
It’s not a tablet, it’s not a netbook, it’s not an iPod. So what is it?
Essentially, it’s what you’d get if a Kindle, a netbook and an iPod Touch had a threeway, the iPod Touch got pregnant and then God intervened and, in his mock-turtlenecked wisdom, made the bastard child way more fucking awesome.
So, for those of you who weren’t hanging on every word of the announcement today, here are some of the highlights of the iPad:
- The ability to view full web pages, as it has a 9.7-inch display.
- Only half an inch thick and 1.5 pounds heavy.
- Besides the expected iTunes/iPod, Safari and Mail, YouTube is now HD and it will run iWork.
- Oh, and it’s going to beat the shizz out of the Kindle as far as eBook-reading goes.
- Transfer your already-bought apps from your iPhone or iPod Touch. And I can’t wait to see what apps developers come up with just for the iPad.
The entire time I was watching the liveblog feed from Engadget, I was biting my lip waiting for the price. And when they announced the pricing structure, I about pissed my pants. $499 for 16GB? Yes, please.
Now, initially I thought I would want the 3G-enabled version, which at $629 is a bit of a kick in the pants. But I’m not sure. Will I really be using it so often when I’m not within range of a wireless station? Probably not. But if my habits ever change, it would be nice to be able to sign up for the 3G service (from AT&T again, of course). Especially since, contrary to most wireless company’s data plans, no contract is required. And $14.99/month for 250GB of data (or $29.99/unlimited) is unprecedented. And very reasonable.
But I’ve got some time to decide. I don’t exactly have $500 or $600 just laying around, and I’m not entirely sure I want to get in on the first version of this product. I’ve learned from experience that when buying a new, revolutionary product, it’s generally best to wait for version 2.0 (unless you have the cash to burn, of course). When the iPhone was first announced, despite having dreamt of it for years and years, I knew that the second version would be much improved. So I waited, and was not disappointed.
I guess I’ll give it some time and see what kind of apps are developed, and pay attention to how I think I would use it to better determine if it’s worth the extra $130 for the 3G capabilities (I’m already leaning toward yes, though).
Oh, and the name? Give it a rest, people. Yes, period jokes, iTampon is next, blah blah. Someone already said what you’re about to tweet there, guy. And really, what did you expect it to be called? It fits with the iPod name and accurately describes what it is. As my friend Jamie asked, “Do you snicker when someone says ‘notepad’?”
Bottom line: No matter what you call it, it’s a game-changer.