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Part II - What Will It Do?

January 20, 2010 - Dave Hecei
Let us assume for the moment that Apple does have a Tablet/Pad arriving in the next month or two. If and when it becomes available, what will this device do?

Most tech pundits agree that this mythical device will be based on the iPhone OS not the Macintosh OS. Since this is to be a portable media/Internet device it makes more sense to base it on the iPhone and not a MacBook. Apple has stated time and time again that they do not want to make a ‘netbook’, a cheaper smaller notebook.

So let us say that the Apple Pad will have the iPhone OS. This opens the possibilities of expanding the iTunes Store even more. From this store you will be able to purchase and/or rent HD movies, subscribe to podcasts, magazines, and newspapers, and have access to many thousands of iPhone/Touch Apps.

Depending on the screen, the Pad will make for a great video device. A 10-inch screen, which most everyone agrees it will have, is very capable of showing 720P Hi-Def content. For that sized screen you don’t need 1080p, trust me.

Apple likes to use very high quality LCD screens so the Pad should be very crisp and colorful. Photos or even slide shows should look great. Even more so, magazines and newspapers will look good too. If Apple can wrangle the publishing industry in a similar way it has done with the music industry, then electronic publishing will start to flourish.

Just think of the possibility of a new section in the iTunes Store for e-books. You would be able to easily browse through hundreds and hundreds of titles. Just find what you are interested in, hopefully preview the selection and then easily click to download it. Books would sync to the Pad just like music syncs to an iPod. Now do all that, but with a newspaper based on a low cost subscription.

Probably one of the biggest surprises in store for the Pad is going to be gaming. This has really been a huge hit for Apple and especially the iPhone developers. The iPhone/Touch has cut deeply into the gaming slice occupied by Sony and Nintendo. Just think, a 10-inch portable gaming platform similar to the iPhone but based on a more powerful processor and video chip. Trust me, gaming will be huge on the Pad.

Once Apple gets the deals for content, whether it is video, print, audio, software, etc., the Pad will change everything.


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