My friend Tim Challies has written a very negative post about Apple's new iPad. In fact he's calling it "the greatest disappointment in human history." Tim, where has your discernment gone? Go read your own book!
Admittedly, I am a mindless Apple fan so what I say here doesn't have much merit. But I'm putting my money on Apple and betting that the iPad will be another success. I remember people freaking out because the first iMac didn't have a floppy drive and only used USB ports. The naysayers had similar complaints about the iPod's battery life and the limitations of iTunes. Now, 250 million iPods later, I guess we could say the naysayers were wrong.
Now my brother Tim is upset that the iPad doesn't have a camera and more input options. But that's the genius of Apple. They know what to leave out. Before we even know ourselves, they figure out what we'll actually use and how we'll use it. Sure, the iPad will get better. We'll look back on this first version like we do the clunky first-edition iPod. But I think this will be a game changer for how people interact with media and the internet. Seeing my kids interact with the iPhone has convinced me of that. We want a computer we can touch.
My prediction: look for a blog post by Challies in the next year sharing how he bought an iPad just to review it, really mostly for his kids, and how it's not so bad as he initially thought. He'll gripe about several features just to save face, but will also be driven by integrity to mention that he uses his iPad constantly and his Kindle is in the dustbin. Of course I could be wrong. And if I am I'll do a blog post with the title "Challies Was Right About the iPad." But don't hold your breath!
Update: A web designer named Mike Rundle makes the case much better than I did in a post entitled "The iPad is For Everyone But Us." I agree with him. Power users like Tim Challies aren't the target audience for the iPad. (via @RevTubbs)