It’s an understatement to say there was so much build up prior to Apple’s unveiling of the iPad. The net was buzzing with what Apple would introduce. Would it be an iSlate or iTablet or some form of a netbook? When they introduced the iPad and its feature set, most people thought it was just a larger version of the iPod Touch. In a lot of ways it is. It basically runs a modified version of the iPhone OS. It doesn’t have a camera or a keyboard. It doesn’t do Flash or true multitasking. A lot of people were basically underwhelmed.
Naysayers have anticipated that Apple’s iPad would be a failure because of what it is missing. I tend to disagree. Like the iPhone, the iPad is really a vessel, a 1.5 pound sack of potential. Nobody has cared to create content for tablets−until now. There will be over 150,000 apps for the iPad on the first day of release. Some will be free and most will cost between 99 cents to $9.99…but all available to download right from the iPad. The iPad will use a modified version of the iPhone OS with its clean, friendly and intimate user interface. 75 million people already know how to use the iPad because of the iPhone. The iPad will be a computer your grandma uses to send emails, browse the Web and edit photos, and the same computer a toddler can pick up and play games without having to learn to type or click a mouse.
Will the iPad succeed? If Apple continues to innovate with clean, user-friendly interfaces and provide developers with a profitable ecosystem, then I don’t see why not. Apple will continue to expand its lead in the mobile space with devices like the iPad. It’s hard to bet against a proven strategy that’s worked so well for the iPhone.