Ok, the count down is on. Time to make your predictions. Let's see who can get the closest to the actual thing. This time around I'm trying to restrict my predictions to what I think it will have rather than what I want it to have.
Here is my overly detailed prediction:
[Updated to compare with actual]
There are many possible names floating around, I prefer the 'iPad'. [YES: Ipad it is]
Built in Applications
So how did I do? I'll give myself 1/2 point for things that were close. That gives me a computed accuracy of: 50% Better not quit my day job
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(Note: shameless plug for my friend's app.)john, January 25, 2010 11:28 PM:
I don't know if these pics are real or not, but this pretty much what I think it will look like.J, January 26, 2010 08:10 PM:
I agree with you on pretty much all of this, although I have no idea about the actual measurements. Definitely pa semi and modified iphone os. Hmm, I have a hard time with it not running iPhone apps. I agree that they won't run stock (a small windowed mode would be dumb). But I think the API will be so similar that a UI expansion and re-compile will be an easy port. Also, given Apple's history with "fat binaries", I imagine the SDK will let a single .ipa file to contain both the iPhone and the iPad UI with a common shared back end logic.
BTW, I don't like the name iPad - sounds like something you get at a drugstore for your girlfriend.
I also reaaaallllly hope they surprise and have a camera on front and back. Front for video conferencing and back for augmented reality.
I think they won't announce all the potential of all the apps, like full online application suite integration. They will focus on the media subscriptions and kindle++ aspects of this.
I'm guessing it won't have Don't Panic written in large friendly letters on the cover, which is a shame.
I'm guessing someone will make a cover for it with the words 'Don't panic' on it.FredB, January 27, 2010 01:54 PM:
I guess the name iPad is ok. iSlate was too Laura Engles for me, did not convey any sense of modernity.John, January 28, 2010 01:10 AM:
Updated the post to compare the predictions to actual.
So how do I feel about it? Well I tried to set my bar pretty low, or rather tried to filter out the un-realistic hype that has been on the web. In the end I was still way overly optimistic on things like cool new UI, multi-tasking and handwriting recognition.
There were some positive surprises however, like works with external keyboards including bluetooth, and battery life. Also I was expecting something 200 - 300 more expensive for wifi only. So all in all I think it is pretty cool.
The mood on the web seem pretty negative at the moment. But that is to be expected. No product could live up to the Apple fan boy speculation machine. I think we'll see long lines at the Apple store, yet again, in 2 months.FredB, January 29, 2010 11:10 AM:
If I can vpn, remote desktop and use a keyboard and mouse, then I'm in. This would adequately replace my uses for a netbook. The missing camera is a bummer. And would at least one usb port really kill them? I guess an adapter is possible to connect thru the bottom, but if we're talking mobile here then why force users to have more dongles and adapters? I'm still uncomfortable with the size. Seems a tad too big, unless I go everywhere with a messenger bag, no doubt sold by Apple as well.
And if you could put 25 cents in the side and eject a tampon out the bottom, that would be cool too.