IPad buzz and live feedsUpdated: 5:20pm: So unless you're living in a cave, you will have heard by now that tablet computers are/maybe/aren't the great hope to save the publishing world.
As in most things digital now, everyone has been waiting for Apple to put it's weight behind the category. Well first off most missed the mark on the branding, the name is IPad. And so far from the bits and bites you can glean live online from engadget and elsewhere, it looks promising. Not so much a game changer i think as clear progress in the ongoing evolution of digital media.
Especially the entry price point which will make it possible for most people to get into the game - $499 for a 16gig wifi model! [see here for the different configurations and prices]
The thing itself is not quite as slick looking at first blush as some of the speculative images that have been posted over the last few months. But i think it's probably more practical, with a wide boarder on all sides and no buttons to accidentally press while reading. Bellow I've posted a couple of video clips, and at this time the engadget blog
The name is getting a bit of flack for being tauntable in a school yard context. ISlate or ITablet might have been more macho, but I do think this might just be the player people have been hoping for in the print world. It's much more powerful than most of the other low end tablets and e-books out there that it's entry price let's it compete with, and comics are going to look really good on that color screen, much better than a kindle or other e-readers.
With a large keyboard and access to google docs it will make a viable alternative to netbooks for many users, and with 3G options it can play the roll of phone for some. The only thing i think is missing that keeps it from being an all in 1 is a built in camera, and no Adobe Flash! ouch. That makes Marvel cautious about the device, but even so the niche's this thing can play in are pretty wide ranging. Anyone feeling like being my sugersomone should be made aware that i'd love a wifi model myself. :)
Comics news site Newsarama has an extensive posting here too.
Parts of Steve's presentation in San Francisco
Apple's slick product ad
First hands on clip from engadget
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