It seems every where we look, or read, or Tweet there is something said about the iPad. But who can resist? It may be my bias, because I happen to really enjoy Apple and all of their marketing and their iMac and iPods and iPhones, but I think that Apple has upped the ante again.
Yes, the Kindle and the Nook connect to the Internet, and for $259 I could own either of them and read my books. I could download a new book if I felt like it.
But can I read the New York Times (in color) on either of those? Can I play the latest John Madden game? Can I Tweet, blog, or Facebook?
The iPad offers users some unique features, driving every company, brand, and blogger to develop “an app for that.” With so many platforms available literally at a users fingertips, I posture that this is going to change the ball game.
We are undoubtedly going to see the birth of new social media applications that are specific to the iPad and the way users interact with their new toy. The iPad is going to drive the expectation for every comparable gadget that comes out. It is also going to drive upgrades for already established readers such as the Kindle and Nook to get up to speed and feature applications. As Bob Dylan said, “times they are a changin’.”
The iPad may also be the saving grace for print media. Users can obtain the tactile satisfaction of turning pages without inking up their fingers from a newspaper. If the price point is lower for electronic versions of Vogue, Elle, and The New York Times, I would most certainly load them all on my iPad. I don’t have to remember to pick the newest magazine up at the store, or wait for it to come in the mail. I don’t have to go out in the rain to pick up the paper at the bottom of the driveway, hoping it isn’t soggy. And I don’t have to waste paper ordering subscriptions, mailing in payments, or throwing editions away.
Only time will really tell the impact the iPad will have, and it won’t take much longer than a few weeks to start feeling it’s influence. With its release tomorrow, my next post just might come from my lap.