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Johann Dowa

iPad Development Thoughts Roundup

The iPad is still on everybody’s mind, and I’ve been wasting time reading many of the commentaries and brainstorming app ideas.  Here’s a roundup of some of the more insightful, and humorous posts I’ve seen from iPhone developers on the iPad along with some other articles providing technical knowledge that wasn’t really covered in the press conference or on Apple’s website.

iPad – First Impressions – Very insightful post about new development opportunities arriving with the iPad
iPad: What Developer’s Need To Know
– A good summary of iPad features relevant to developers
Gizmodo Knows About Sucking Apparently
– A passionate response to Gizmodo’s iPad Bashing
Apple’s A4 SOC Unveiled – some details on the CPU/GPU powering the iPad

My own thoughts is that while I would have liked to have seen some extra hardware such as a camera built into the device for video chat.  Apple seems to have fulfilled their vision though of  creating a device that fits directly between the Mac and iPhone and won’t cannibalize the sales of either.  I see the iPod Touch needing a price drop as I don’t think anyone in their right mind will buy one of the higher end iPod Touch models now.

There’s also seems to be a big outcry about the iPad lacking specific software.  In my opinion that’s a good thing, as rather than creating this software themselves it gives us developers greater opportunity.  The iPad is destined to become essential in schools (I saw a newscast yesterday showing that many students now take notes in College lectures using the iPhone – as ridiculous as that is).  There’s also markets for which tablets have been essential for some time such as the medical market.

So many new opportunities are being presented to us with this device, it will sell to not only the core market, but to people who would never buy a smartphone or iPod touch.  My head’s already popping with more iPad specific ideas as I right this, and the more I think about it the more excited I get about this device.€

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