Enterprise Mobility: 10 Things Apple Doesn't Want You to Know About the iPad

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2010-02-08
 
 
 

10 Things Apple Doesnt Want You to Know About the iPad

by Don Reisinger

10 Things Apple Doesnt Want You to Know About the iPad

Hobbled Web surfing

Although Steve Jobs didn't talk about it during his keynote, the device's browser doesn't support Flash. That omission ensures that a large percentage of Websites won't work on the iPad. It also ensures that some elements of popular Websites that don't entirely rely upon Flash won't work either. It's a major problem.

Hobbled Web surfing

No multitasking

Those who are hoping to work in iWork and surf the Web at the same time will be disappointed with the iPad. Once again, Steve Jobs failed to mention that, due to iPad software limitations, users won't be able to multitask. Being able to work with multiple programs is not only a desired feature in today's tablet space, but it's quickly becoming a necessity.

No multitasking

Wheres the video output?

Although the iPad will boast HD content through iTunes, a quick glance around the iPad reveals that there isn't a video output slot, making it impossible for users to transfer video content to an HDTV or monitor. For now, it seems that the iPad's video capabilities will rely only on iTunes.

Wheres the video output?

Try printing

When a user receives an important e-mail on their Mac and decides to print it out, they simply click the "print" button and do it. The iPad doesn't boast that luxury. Although Apple is marketing the iPad as the device that can bridge the gap between the iPhone and the laptop, the company's tablet computer won't allow for printing to a connected device. It's a major omission that could make some think twice about the iPad.

Try printing

No DVD/Blu-ray drive

The iPad lacks an optical drive. Admittedly, the iPad is meant to be a mobile product that won't replace a computer. But if Apple wants to market it as an entertainment product, wouldn't it make sense to make it easy for users to view or rip movies and television shows on the device?

No DVD/Blu-ray drive

The $499 version is not a deal

Some point to the iPad's $499 price tag as a reason to pick up the device. Let's be honest, the $499 version lacks 3G and it has the smallest available hard drive. The device's price tag is great for folks who want to only use the iPad at home and won't add much content to it, but the iPad is meant to be a portable iPod Touch that can house entertainment content. A 16GB hard drive with no 3G connectivity won't adequately deliver that experience.

The $499 version is not a deal

Reading wont be fun

Since the iPad doesn't offer E-Ink technology or an OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diod)] display, reading on its display might be difficult for extended periods. It's another feature that Apple has glossed over. Yes, the iPad's technology allows for viewing e-books in color, but E-Ink is so successful as an e-reader technology because it mimics a real book and allows for longer reading periods without eye strain. The iPad will be like reading a book on a larger iPhone display. That's probably not best for most readers.

Reading wont be fun

Forget about USB

Although Steve Jobs touts the iPad's many built-in features, what about all those peripherals that users might want to add to the device? Since it lacks a USB (and FireWire) port, connecting to peripherals won't be so easy. Admittedly, Apple has said that the dock will be used for some add-ons, but that requires users to buy yet another device to get their products to work. Omitting a USB port was a major blunder on Apple's part.

Forget about USB

The apps wont all work well

Apple spent considerable time with developers showing off applications for the iPad. It even said that every app in the App Store will run on the iPad without any extra tinkering on the developer's part. That said, it conveniently glossed over the fact that any app that hasn't been updated to work with the iPad won't fit the device's display. That's a bummer.

The apps wont all work well

There are potentially better products out there

Steve Jobs said the iPad was revolutionary during the iPad announcement. But further inspection reveals that it's really nothing more than a larger iPod Touch. More importantly, it's competing in a space where several products, including those from Dell and HP, might provide a better tablet experience. Of course, Apple doesn't want users to know about the competition. But they might be surprised to learn that when it comes to tablets, the iPad isn't necessarily the best offering.

There are potentially better products out there

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