Apple Ipad Revealed
"After nearly a decade of rumors and speculation, Apple's finally unveiled the iPad. It's a half-inch thick and weighs just 1.5 pounds, with a 9.7-inch capacitive touchscreen IPS LCD display, and it's running a custom 1GHz Apple "A4" chip developed by P.A. Semi. Apple says there's room for a third device between the smartphone and the laptop, and that it has to be better at tasks like browsing, email, photos, e-books, and videos than both -- netbooks, says Steve, "aren't better at anything." It looks just like the leak we saw, with a large touchscreen keyboard that Steve says is "a dream to type on," and an interface that's very reminiscent of the iPhone, although it's significantly expanded and altered. The apps are much more Mac-like than iPhone-like, with versions of iPhoto and iTunes that look like touch-oriented versions of their desktop counterparts. There's also some built-in location services that lets the Map app auto-locate. Obviously the iTunes store is built-in for previewing and buying media."
Source : Engadget
Looks like an intersting device from the medical side. Medical imaging of x- rays, ct scans and MRI would look great. (Here are the latest scans doctor...hands me an ipad). It should also be useful for patient education and to access hospital computer systems on ward rounds. At a price of USD499 for the non 3g version it sounds pretty good. Still let's wait and see how it does in the wild without the hype.
The iPad reminds me of the various PADD devices on Star Trek. Now all I need is a medical tricorder once I have my iPad.
A lot of reviews complain about the iPad being too much like an iPhone on steroids. However I think it's a good thing. A lot of doctors are terrible at computers and smartphones but have embraced the iPhone because it is almost idiot proof. My 4 year old daughter has basically taken over my iPhone and I may have to get another one! So with the iPad being an easy to use device I am sure it will do well. Nuff said.