While we've got our own iPad live blog coverage going on, we also thought you might be interested to hear what our sister site, MacLife has had to say about Apple's latest touch-controlled doohickey. We'll be updating this page throughout the day with links to the continuing MacLife iPad coverage.
The first article goes over the initial reveal: yes, it's what everyone expected, and the look of it even matches all the photoshop jobs we've seen. It's basically a giant iPhone. It's got a 9.7in screen, it weighs 1.5lbs, and packs in 16GB to 64GB of flash storage. See the full details here.
It's no surprise that the iPad will run apps in a similar manner as the iPhone. Scratch that - it will run exactly all the same iPhone and iPod Touch apps. On top of that, the larger screen and faster processor means custom apps can be made just for the iPad to take advantage of its unique properties. We've already seen a couple of games demoed, so yes, the iPad could be the next big gaming device...
Okay, so we know what this thing is, but how will it be used differently from your laptop? Well, considering its ultra thin dimensions and lightweight portability, it's much more convenient than a clunky, big-ass laptop, and even easier to handle than the netbooks that are all the rage right now (or, more accurately were the rage until this morning). See all the places the iPad will ameliorate (look it up) in MacLife's feature.
Have the Kindle and Nook just become irrelevant? With the same functionality as those two e-readers, and with a sexier design and way nicer screen - not to mention all the other stuff the iPad does that those readers don't, it looks like Amazon and Barnes & Noble just got some serious competition.
Still trying to figure out what exactly you'd use the iPad for? Sure, it will fill a niche as a leisure device, but how about for work? Apple's iWork app has been redesigned to work with the iPad's interface so you have one more excuse to convince yourself you need this thing.
We've seen a lot of what the spruced-up tablet can do, but MacLife has already figured out a whole bunch of stuff it doesn't do, and should have been able to. Where the heck is the camera, or the USB port, or HDMI connectivity? Are we going to have to buy a bunch of accessories to make this thing worthwhile?
Jokes have already been circulating in the office on the numerous ways the iPad can be nicknamed. Especially when you begin to consider upgraded future versions. MacLife provides some alternatives, although how better they are seems dubious.
As we mentioned before, there will be obvious competition between the big-name e-readers. So which one will come out on top? This piece is not a bit of fluff - MacLife goes into some serious detail and discussion.
Sure the iPad seems pretty cool, but we're still all wondering if it will be a true revolution or another hyped product that disappears into tech history. There are plenty of things Apple could have announced that would have been more exciting, and MacLife has some ideas.
Today's announcement had a whiff of familiarity, and not just because everyone knew exactly what it was from all the leaked info over the last few days. Tablets aren't anything new, and even Mac tablets aren't new. The Axiotron ModBook was in some ways the precursor to the iPad, and came out just a couple of years ago. Since it's already available, how do the two devices stack up?
Jan 27, 2010