You may be one of the lucky few whose sweet spot is tickled by Apple’s new device. Or you may find yourself in the overwhelming majority that find the over-sized iPhone wholly underwhelming. At least gauging from the various social networks, this seems to be the rough distribution of reactions to today’s over hyped event.
I won’t bore you with the litany of technical issues that have elicited a mild “meh” from me about Apple’s latest. The fact that the only means of distributing applications to the iPad discussed is the App Store eclipses any other complaint I might have.
My love affair with my iPod Touch is enough of a dirty shame I have to bear. At least I can rationalize my purchase and use by focusing on the fact that I use it almost exclusively as a media player.
I have vastly different expectations of a tablet, even one as stripped down as the iPad appears to be. How does Apple justify hobbling the device? Wireless carriers have begun offering comparably stripped down computers, netbooks, that are still open to the end user installing whatever they like. I might concede that a single distribution channel makes the experience better. And Apple is clearly more about experience these days than substance.
But why does the experience of some have to preclude the ability to exercise owner override? Would the App Store be any less used if power users could still install their own bundles? If the arguments Apple makes about their captive channel really hold water, why not open the device to both and see if the market agrees? Allowing users to install simple application bundles like on a regular old Mac would be the shortest way to turn around much of the negative PR the approval process for the App Store has generated almost since day one.
Usually I am skeptical of the need to actually protest the premeire of such a DRM-riddled gadget. The fact that this comes so close to a general purpose computer, even a very low powered one, makes even my hackles rise. If the hardware and OS has the potential to do anything, then I expect there should be no limit on how or why I take advantage of that by running the software I want, from the source I want.