I pick the new Apple iPad, not because of what it does but how it does it. The iPad does everything an iphone does and most of what a laptop does. This thing is more than a “gadget”. It is a new way to “flow” with your technology. I have a good friend that first introduced me to the “flow of technology”. What I learned is that good technology gets out of the way of that flow, like the first mp3 players. Great technology enhances that “flow” and allows you to customize it to fit your needs, like the first iPhone. Apple has lead in technology “flow” devices and software for years now, and they lead the way in to a new class of device.
Tablet Computing. The use of just our hands to manipulate everything. The simplicity of our access to data. For example, as an artist I would buy the Apple iPad for the Brushes Application, alone, at $499. Brushes is an application that is a streamlined digital illustrator that can be used just like Adobe Illustrator for your iPod Touch and iPhone.
When I used Brushes this way I only had one gripe, “Man, I wish the screen was larger and I could zoom in closer.”
Obviously I wasn’t the only person with that desire. With the cost of a drawing tablet ranging from $200 – $3,000, $499 for a tablet that has an OS and Software that does all that and more is a fantastic savings. If illustrations from an iPod Touch can make it to the cover of The New Yorker three times in one year, then I shake with anticipation at the possibilities of Brushes on the Apple iPad!
This is only one application from a company of one person. Now you add access to over 100,000 applications in the iTunes AppStore and you start to glimpse the possibilities.