iPad, iHype, iCool, iWant,
If you have any interest in technology, and were not living under a rock this past week, you eagerly anticipated the news about the upcoming launch of what was rumored to be the iSlate. Now you know it is officially the iPad, and you likely have read at least bits and pieces of reports about the cool new hardware that Apple is planning on having available in 60-90 days.
It starts out with thousands of apps, an incredible screen, wi-fi, 3G connectivity, beautiful design, and great marketing. As you can imagine, the event on Wednesday was attended by a huge mass of media, financial watchers, competitors and partners. Some in amazement, some in hopes that Apple does not crush them like it does many of it's competitors, or throw a huge wrench in their business model, like it has for the music industry. Of course the stock has been on a wild ride for the past year, surging from a low of about $78 last year at this time, to a recent high of $215, and then falling off a bit on the buy the rumor, sell the fact move this week, to a still incredibly high price of $191.
So whether you love it, loathe it, or don't care that much about the device itself, in my mind it is still an incredibly cool story about technology, a very successful company, great marketing, smooth timing, the financial markets, publishing, media, a captivating leader with vision, and pop american culture.
Here are some of the best and the brightest pieces of content available on the event, the iPad, the competition, and the buzz around it. These and 16.5 million other links for iPad are available on the web.
Point Counterpoint - One of my regular technology sites is CNET. Have always read the magazine which is a bit like porn for propeller heads, and their various sites regularly do very good job of giving you stacks of reviews, videos, and in this case a good piece on Debating the merits of Apple's iPad
There's been no shortage of opinions on the iPad, for sure. Some think it's just a big iPhone that can't make phone calls, while others see it as the tablet of the future. To get into some of these points, CNET's Ina Fried and Josh Lowensohn weigh in on some of the issues.
Also, be sure to check out CNET Reviews' Editor's take by Donald Bell.
If you want to watch a cool video made by Apple all about the device that starts with "when something exceeds your ability to understand how it works, it sort of becomes magical". Now don't get me wrong - I think the device is cool as hell, but if you are using that terminology, a solar calculator at Walgreen's for $5.99 would be magical then.
If you are an Apple geek, and just enjoy watching Steve Jobs smugly show off another "coolest device on the planet", you can watch the keynote speech on the Apple site. Yes he is smug, but yes he did once again come out with another incredibly cool product that is head and shoulders above what else is out there. Admire him or loathe him, but the guy and his company, routinely drill their competitors.
If you are a Kindle fan from Amazon, or interested in how this stacks up as an e-book reader, check out this thorough piece from zdnet.com
If you want to read a "distinguished" paper go on about sophmoric humor related to the products name, and discussion of companies that will have a name issue with the device, you can check out the New York Times
If you cannot get enough through all of those means, you can go to engadget.com, one of my favorite sites for loads of detail on all things digital, here is a list of the various pieces that they have in store for you:
Live from the Apple 'latest creation' event
iPad powered by custom 1GHz Apple A4 chip
iPad can run all iPhone apps unmodified, new iPhone SDK out today lets developers tweak apps for iPad use
Apple's iPad keeping Adobe Flash away from your couch
Apple reveals iBookstore and app for the iPad
Apple announces iWork for iPad
Apple iPad 3G service plans on AT&T, $30 for unlimited data
iPad has optional keyboard dock, camera connection kit and Apple-designed case
iPad vs. iPhone... fight!
Apple iPad first hands-on!
iPad vs. iPhone: what does 3G cost you?
All I know is iWantOne.