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    considering I still have no use for a laptop, PDA, or cell phone..
    I dont see myself getting an ipad any time soon!

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    I think it's neat, but certain things conspire against me getting one:
    1. No expansion ports. I'd love to be able to take this thing on the road to do diagnostics on some of the equipment I do work on, but w/o a way to connect to a serial interface, it's useless to me.
    2. Single-tasking OS. Come on! This might have been acceptable 10 years ago, but now it's just sad!

    I'm sure that in time Apple will change their approach, but I'm not gonna go for this first gen product.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brokken View Post
    I'm sure that in time Apple will change their approach, but I'm not gonna go for this first gen product.
    I'm not so sure they're going to modify their "approach" (since it works) but their product's features - absolutely. It would be interesting to know how far out they've already planned for added features, but based on history, rev 0 is just for getting warmed up..... There's a long list of easy-to-add stuff that they'll probably include in the next 1-2 years and then there's the stuff that will blow your mind that no one else is doing that they will throw in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brokken View Post
    I think it's neat, but certain things conspire against me getting one:
    1. No expansion ports. I'd love to be able to take this thing on the road to do diagnostics on some of the equipment I do work on, but w/o a way to connect to a serial interface, it's useless to me.
    2. Single-tasking OS. Come on! This might have been acceptable 10 years ago, but now it's just sad!

    I'm sure that in time Apple will change their approach, but I'm not gonna go for this first gen product.
    To say it doesn't multitask is an abuse of terminology. The underlying operating system is by no means single-task; they just don't let you run external applications in parallel. And that's a pretty good design decision for the niche they're aiming at. Multiprocessing is a huge pitfall for designers - that's where most of your day-to-day crashes and bad behavior comes from in a computer. For a low-power device that isn't going to be doing much anyways, it's a solid choice. For one thing, a single-processor device is also single-task in the sense you're using the term; you just don't notice because the applications and operating systems have provisions built in so that you don't notice the switching. Well-made iPhone apps act the same.
    Besides, you can do all sorts of things while running an arbitrary application in front. You don't stop receiving Wi-Fi signals when you launch your word processor. iTunes still works. On an iPhone, you still receive push notifications, and apps can actually register hooks that allow them to do tasks related to push notifications in the background in a limited, don't-poke-your-eye-out-so-use-these-round-tipped-scissors sense. The iPhone OS runs Apple software in the background because that's the only stuff they have control over; they can quality check to make sure that there aren't any glaringly obvious oversights.
    Still, it is a kind of unnecessary carry-over from the iPhone; if I were trying to make a 911 call, however, and my phone locked up because I had two pieces of third-party software that didn't want to play nice with one another, I would toss the device and never look back, no matter how attached I were to the brand. But I couldn't care less if my iPod Touch or iPad crashed because of some sloppy programming oversights.
    I totally agree with you Brok that the first revision is not a gotta-have-it toy. I have a feeling that the iPhone/iPad family of products will move further from computer-type tasks as touchpads get cheaper and tablet-style computers running full-fledged operating systems become affordable to produce. Apple loves a tiny form factor so I'm sure that one day soon the iPad or it's successor will be a solid e-paper type device. I'm not going to stand around and whine that they didn't build the machine I wanted; I'm not the typical user. I'm thrilled with my MacBook Pro, and if it just had a touchscreen I wouldn't even be interested in reading about the iPad.
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    Here's another thing the iPad can't do; Blend

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAl28...ature=youtu.be

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    Eh, I don't see the need for or attraction to it. I've already got devices that can do what I like adequately.

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    Not me, though I am on the Mac side of the spectrum -- and have been since college (that's what we had on hand). I did, however, walk by the several block line outside an Apple Store in San Francisco's Union Square, just waiting to drop a bare minimum of 500.00 for something that will have better bells and whistles within a few months; and those Sunday morning purchases will appear -- cut-rate -- on eBay by September. You'd think you'd have something better to do with your Easter weekend.

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