January 2010 Archives
[Updated a few hours later to add a couple details I left out in the first draft.]
I just followed the live step-by-step blogging of the iPad release over at Engadget. The device looks pretty much like what I expected and its functionality is pretty much what I expected. It's basically... a giant iPod Touch. (I had expected a camera, though.)
I must admit, however, that its "low" starting price was a pleasant surprise: between $499 and $829. I had predicted something around $800 and hadn't figured on so many different models (6 in all).
According to the hands-on comments from EnGadget and Gizmodo, the iPad has plenty of power (1GHz "A4" CPU) for browsing the web, etc., but no multi-tasking (grrr) and... if you look closely at screen shots of Steve Jobs' demo, you'll notice... The Blue Lego Cube of Disappointment.
All iPhone/iPod Touch owners will recognize it instantly. What it means is that despite its size, power and (much-hyped) promise, the iPad's Mobile Safari has no Flash plug-in.
In his presentation, Steve Jobs called the device "magical". Well why don't you just whip us up some magic there Steve and get Flash to work on your freaking device? I'll bet you a Silicon Valley latté that Adobe will do it for free.
Anyways, enough from me. With your hopes mercilessly dashed once more, all you Flash Platform developers can now return to your regularly scheduled hand-wringing.