Apple’s newest offering to the world of tech is the iPad. Following on the heels of the iPod and the iPhone, Apple has managed to keep hush-hush on the details on their new iPad computer, and these days industry secrets are tough to hide!
The new iPad is a great in-between solution for nearly all things online. Where you might be able to browse the ‘net from your mobile device, how many times have you wished the display was easier to see? Or how often did you wish you had your home computer or bookmarks with you on a trip? The iPad seems to address many of the issues that users today seek: small size, great display, good resolution, good batter, simple to use, and most of all COOL!
Designers can take their iPad to a client meeting and show them designs, websites, and layouts, without having to clear off a table or desk. Photographers can have their photos ready to show customers and run a nice-sized slide show of their photos – with music! Web designs and sites can be reviewed full-screen and high res on a device than can be handled easily. Other beneficiaries might be: working on research for work/school; reading freshly published books online; bringing up your to-do lists while you are in your car, video chatting with family, friends, or co-workers; even keeping the ‘news on’ while you prepare for the day. There are many possiblities than a cell phone and laptop simply can’t compete with.
Here is a condensed version of features of the new iPad. There is plenty more on Apple’s site, so we’ll hit a few of my favs here…
- Size: 9.56″ H x 7.47″ W x .5″ D
- Weight: 1.5-1.6 lbs.
- Resolution: 1024 x 768 @ 132 px
- Fingerprint-resistent display
- Touch-sensitive display that adjusts to horizontal or vertical depending on how you are holding it
- Browser: Safari (default)
- Finger/hand navigation: point or tap to select, scroll by sliding your finger across the screen, zoom in/out by pinching the screen
- Mail and e-mail fully integrated
- Photos can be easily added or stored in album ‘stacks’, stacks can be tapped opened and viewed easily.
- Videos can be watched without navigation squeezing into view. Videos play full-screen and only when you touch or tap the screen does the video controller appear, leaving users with the full screen for videos!
- iBooks can be collected by a free app and stored into ‘shelves’ for future reading and organization. The large screen makes reading very easy on the eyes.
- Maps can be viewed through Google services, and offer all the advantages of Google Maps on your iPad. So locate places to eat, find your way, figure out where you are, and you can actually SEE where you are on a large display, not on a puny cell screen!
- Keyboard is build into the touch-sensitive screen. In landscape mode (horizontal) keyboard is very close to standard size and configuration.
- Accessories include a charger stand that will support the iPad and can be used in conjunction with a wireless keyboard for desktop use. Many more on Apple’s site.
- Price (Wi-Fi): 16 GB = $499 / 32 GB = $599 / 64 GB = $699
- Price (Wi-Fi with 3G): 16 GB = $629 / 32 GB = $729 / 64 GB = $829
Today, making contact with others for business is about being fast-paced. The days of stacking samples into your car, truck, or van, and taking a briefcase for a long meeting with a customer or potential client are gone. Now things are ‘what do you have time for?’ and taking as little as you can with you so you can move fast. The iPad could be a solution for such crisis. Now you can take most, if not all your computer with you to meet with clients and customers, leverage the display to your advantage to show your work, take notes, even share ideas that can be recorded. Seems there is great potential for this new bit of tech from our friends at Apple.
The iPad will save you time and effort in design related support activities and will play a huge role in presenting your work. It will not replace your phone, laptop or desktop.
They say it’s all about presentation, and if that is true, this might be the tool for you!
It might be a while before I can run out to get my own iPad, but the features it offers are more than a little enticing!!
- Got an iPad of your own? Tell me what you think of it, good or bad. I’d like to hear about your experiences!