Three days after Apple introduced
the iPad media player, the feathers
are beginning to settle. Plenty of tech-heads are still grumbling about
, but others are taking the long-view, predicting what kind of role the device will play in our lives. Soothsayers envision the tablet in any
number of places, from garages to hospitals to frontiers we haven't
even dreamed of yet.
- Buy a Few, Leave Them Around the House At Business Insider, Henry
Blodget offers the following advice: wait for the inevitable price
drop, then stock up. In the world of tomorrow, iPads "won't live on
desks, the way desktops do, and they won't be carried everywhere, the
way mobile phones are. They'll just be there, around the house, on
tables and counters, the
way today's books, magazines, games, and newspapers are, booted up,
ready to use."
- Save One for the Glove Compartment Matthew DeBord at The Big Money
suggests a partnership between Apple and the foundering auto industry.
"The iPad could be, and could in fact radically transform, the owner's
manual... It would a fully
integrated digital resource that wouldn't just outline a vehicle's
operation and maintenance schedule, but that would bolster the car
- The iPad Will Heal the Sick Ryan Kim at the San Francisco Chronicle
relates the story of a California hospital that stopped using tablet
computers "because of their bulk, short battery life and screens that
weren't always easy to read. However... the iPad is promising enough to
make the hospital consider a move back to tablets." They could make "an
amazing tool," says one administrator.
- We Don't Know What We Don't Know At Oxford University Press, Dennis
Baron takes the most philosophical view, noting that if past
technologies are any indication, Week One of the iPad era is way too
soon to guess what lies ahead. "Writing was developed not to transcribe
speech but to keep records of
inventory. Pencils were developed by cabinet makers to make cut marks
on wood, not for writing words or drawing pictures. Computers were
invented to crunch numbers, not process words."
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