It’s here: The new Apple e-Reader/tablet/giant iPhone thingo that will singlehandedly save the media, revolutionise news and make you a sandwich at the same time — has been unveiled.
Here’s the big reveal:
So what does it do? Is it worth the hype? Let’s ask the nerds:
Techland: Apple’s iPad: The Specs Sheet
CrunchGear: Live from the Apple Announcement
Macworld: Live Update: Apple Event
Gizmodo: Apple Event Gizmodo liveblog
Techland: Apple “Latest Creation” Liveblog
The Daily Beast: Apple’s Mac-Killer Unveiled
Beyond the hype, style, and speculation, the truth is that the iPad is really just another tablet device. A really big PDA, where a touchscreen does what a laptop’s keyboard used to do.
For the iPad to succeed, it has to reach beyond that tight-knit fraternity, as the iPhone did. Best guess: This may not reach much farther than the Apple TV.
John Birmingham, Brisbane Times: Steve Jobs is my master
Every rumour was true. Every app will run on this thing right out of the box … The Kindle is dead.
CrunchGear: The iPad: our take
I simply don’t get it. It’s not an iPhone replacement because it’s not a phone (duh); it’s not an iPod touch replacement because it’s not portable; and I already have enough “real” computers that I don’t need a tablet.
Mashable: iBooks: Apple answers the Kindle like no other
iBooks offers an impressively beautiful book reading experience.
Guardian: The first review
The big problem I had was in trying to understand what the iPad was for: the answer, it seems, is everything.
Gawker: Print media’s big tablet letdown
… there was not one demo of an i-magazine, just a quick visit to Time.com, complete with a Flash media error (reportedly). No wired version of Wired, no singing verion of Rolling Stone, not even a video-enabled Sports Illustrated.
Gizmodo: 8 things that suck about the iPad
It has some absolutely backbreaking failures that will make buying one the last thing I would want to do.
Stay tuned for more analysis as it comes to hand.
And Crikey‘s favourite take on it all:
Claiming that he completely forgot about the much-hyped electronic device until the last minute, a frantic Steve Jobs reportedly stayed up all night Tuesday in a desperate effort to design Apple’s new tablet computer