Why I am not going to get the new iPad . . . yet

First, let me get it out of the way.  What is up with the name?  As a boy who lives in a household of all women, what were they thinking?  How do folks NOT go there? My cousin comments well on the naming conroversy here.  For the record, I was banking on iSlate or even iTablet.  Heck even iGiganticiPhone would have been better . . . oh well, they must have their reasons.

Moving on.

Okay, so pretty much all of my “issues” of the past few months can be filed in the “Champagne Problems” folder.  Add that file the reason why I’m not going to get the new iPad . . . yet.  While I am getting used to the name – Again, good grief, really? – I am usually one who will wait until the second generation is out.

My main complaint about the iPad is that there is no camera.  What?!?!?  How can there be no camera in a day of social media and web interaction?  Oh yes . . . because Apple and he-who-shall-not-be-named is a master at luring us into group frenzies of technobliss without us even batting an eye.  Some of us will buy it now, we’ll show up at MacWorld to caress and ogle and then when they “magically” add something that should have been there already, we will say thank you.  Remember, they did it with the iPhone.  No . . .  they didn’t have video and cut-n-paste technology before the first generation iPhone.

Suuuuuuuuure they didn’t.

So I will hold out because I have your number Mr. Jobs.  I want my camera and then maybe, just maybe I’ll take another drink.  And by “maybe, just maybe” I mean “as soon as you put in a camera, I’ll be ordering my iGiganticiPhone.”



Image: from roncassel and brought to my attention by Landon.


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  • BelovedSpear  

    What bugs me most is the marketing approach. This is “revolutionary?” Or worse yet, “magical?” It isn’t either of those things.
    The iPhone was a teensy bit magical. I can recall goggling in delight at it. It felt really, totally new…something that worked in a way that was just plain cool and unprecedented. This…object…just doesn’t have that mojo. It does nothing we haven’t seen before.
    And without a camera? Dang.

  • Joshutk  

    The Java runtime, like Facebook’s fancy schmancy photo uploader. Oh geez if it didn’t do Javascript that’d be HUGE.

  • Will*I*Am  

    Does it really not support JavaScript? ‘Cause the iPhone and iPod Touch do…

  • Steve Lindsley  

    Yeah, the missing camera thing is a puzzle. I also think it’s about five years before its time, when wireless internet will be as prevalent as cell phone signals are (unless you’re with AT&T…..oops, did I just say that out loud?)

  • Trina  

    I think “iGiganticiPhone” is a much better name! 🙂

  • Joshutk  

    I’m finding it hard to believe that something touted as an internet device and isn’t capable of displaying anything written in Flash or Java is going to succeed. The lack of Flash forces people to buy an ‘App for that’ and pay for what they were previously doing for free. Add in the lack of a camera and App store walled garden-ness and I’m definitely out.

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