The first thing I've got to say is the title of this post was supplied in a tweet from Alan Patrick
), but it perfectly encapsulates the controversy
going on in the geek world around the new Apple tablet device
announced on Wednesday. Is it going to be as successful and "game changing" like the iPod and iTunes, or a flawed failure like the Apple Newton
? I believe it will be very successful as an e-book reader, for news consumption and Internet access, but also in bringing a whole new audience of technologically challenged people for whom a laptop or a netbook are just too complicated to own and carry around.
It was fascinating to hear how Steve Jobs was positioning both Apple as a manufacturer of mobile devices larger than Sony, Samsung and Nokia in that context, and then the iPad as a new category of product in opposition to the netbook
. It's well worth listening to the keynote
, and watching the slick demonstrations. For me iPad follows two important paths. The first is simple user experience and the second is Darwinian divergence
in product categories.
On the first path, the iPad uses the iPhone operating system ...