Yesterday, after months of rumors and anticipation, Steve Jobs revealed Apple’s version of the tablet.
The first sign of trouble for the new tech gadget is the name: iPad. Does Apple’s dev team have no women? Do they not pay attention to the rest of society? Needless to say, a flurry of jokes were made at the expense of the ill-named product, quickly nicknamed the iTampon.
“Yes, the iPad is small, lightweight and slim. But can you swim with it?”
Rumors prior to the event suggested the device would be called the iTablet or iSlate. Much better than iPad.
I had high expectations for the tablet. I’ve been wanting a tablet PC for awhile and figured now would be a good time to invest in the Mac OS since it seems to be the industry standard among web and photo companies. Turns out the thing is just a glorified iPod Touch…same idea but bigger and costlier. Still only allows apps from the App Store. Using 3G technology requires a monthly fee of $30. No contract required for that one, thank God.
Apple would’ve been better off making a netbook–they’re all the rage these days. With the cheapest Apple laptop coming at $999, they’re pricing themselves out of industry. Current netbooks cost around $300. I would gladly put down $500 for a Mac netbook, as would thousands of other people.
Only big tech junkies will buy the iPad. Bad move, Jobs.
Gizmodo has created a list to discuss (complain) about the new product: 8 Things That Suck About the iPad. And the list was quickly expanded to include three more things that suck.