The iPad: The Read Web is Ushered Back In

Credit: Inc Magazine

Credit: Inc Magazine

Lots of pontification today on whether the iPad will become that third device that removes the claustrophobia of surfing the web on a mobile device, yet takes some of the clunk away from a regular laptop.

Om Malik on GigaOm has one of the best analysis on this, saying:

Despite their evolution, laptops and desktop computers as we know them are essentially work tools. They’re designed for content creation — be that of writing blog posts (or a book), editing photos or creating videos. On the iPhone, we create content of another kind — personal, communication-centric content.

The consumer web is slowing moving away from ‘Read and Write’ mode, back to ’Read More, Write Little’ status as I tweeted earlier today. But not as we saw in the pre-social days before blogs and wikis.

We’re going to be writing more than we ever did, just a lot less every time we do. Tweets are 140 characters, the Re-Tweet is the new gesture to simply express acknowledgement or endorsement, LinkedIn imposes character limits on some of the fields in Groups, Yelp Reviews are a paragraph or so. And auto posts from Tumblr and Posterous to Facebook are primarily visual media uploads with a few lines of description. Lots of limits on each gesture. But many many more of them.

That’s just touching on the writing elements of our web experience. Gaming, enjoying videos with your family at the dinner table,  and other visual consumption models are overdue for some fresh blood as well.

And so the iPad will sell and will sell big. Save a few really ridiculous omissions (seriously? no webcam?) it’s the perfect device for the type of text based communication that’s becoming more and more prevalent. And sadly its the optimal device for the attention deficit online world we’re participating in, every day.

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Jeff Wilfong
Jeff Wilfong

I own a Mac Book Pro and iPhone. I would not get an iTab at present because it is not a work horse. I would hate typing on the virtual keyboard into a tiny window within a tiny screen.I see this as more a table book for people to pick up, surf the internet and do some minor work. This is not a take-along product. Although, an wireless mouse, keyboard, and peripherals could change this.

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Max Israel
Max Israel

There's much talk about our ADD world, but it misses a couple of points. First, people are reading plenty of non-ADD stuff, as Amazon's recent milestone of digital content vs. paper, um, illustrates.Second, what some people think of as ADD is either a limitation imposed by the medium OR blessed conciseness. My prediction is that the iPad won't fulfil that part of our lives which involves reading deeper content, like books, unless and until it makes a big leap in battery tech. A quantum leap. A kindle can go everywhere because it needs so little electricity. A 10 hour charge on the iPad is completely useless in my life, especially when I need to keep my other devices charged.

Sameer
Sameer

If silicon valley follows madison ave's footsteps, anything can happen

Sameer
Sameer

Yep - It won't eclipse the iPhones success (the iphone replaced an existing consumer budget item) but its what laptops will certainly start to look like. And Im so happy to finally be able to untether the keyboard from the screen!

grlloyd
grlloyd

Sameer - I agree with your read + write more in little chunks analysisof the sweet spot for iPad. But the ability to run the very slick iWorksuite with data in the cloud + great email and calendar with more spacethan smart phone is very inviting for home and roaming travel businessuse. iWork is amazingly good working with MS Office docs. And whenBack to My Mac and MS Remote PC come along ...

Spiro Spiliadis
Spiro Spiliadis

Today was an interesting day following all the hype and observing all the blogs, chats, and conversations around the water cooler about the new ipad.I'm very intrigued at the possibilities for my own personal experience with t he device, and i'm sure some great compatibility apps will be made, specifically mindmanager, on ipad will help tremendously with captruing content as well, The ibooks intrigued me the most.no webcam? i agree. flash issues?but overall, can't wait.

Esteban Kolsky
Esteban Kolsky

Welcome to the content economy... we have been building towards this for a long time. I think you will be also surprised at how stick figures and charts with squares and circles will become the new killer content.The iPad is a paradigm shift in knowledge workflows -- and the adoption of it is what is going to make it so. Or not.Cannot wait (btw, don't forget you can use a keyboard with it -- so it is a laptop -- if you want)

Sameer
Sameer

Insightful points on the productivity front, Greg. Its got the thin client appeal of a netbook thats ready to embrace cloud based apps. Just far, far sexier ;)

Sameer
Sameer

Yep - It won't eclipse the iPhones success (the iphone replaced an existing consumer budget item) but its what laptops will certainly start to look like.And Im so happy to finally be able to untether the keyboard from the screen!

Sameer
Sameer

Yep, its the interaction platform (well, almost, given no webcam) for tomorrows mode of gestures. The stick figures and charts comment was, well, off the charts :)

grlloyd
grlloyd

Thanks! I think it will be particularly effective in extending the seamless Apple cloud, commerce, lifestyle appliance model that shifts value from a single computer or application. Apple interoperates with the MS and Web world very well while providing a seamless experience whose boundaries grow year by year. Jobs learned a *lot* from 30 years of competion vs Gates. Looking forward to what he does vs Balmer and Google. Chuckle!

Esteban Kolsky
Esteban Kolsky

ah, hope you mean that in a positive way :)trust me, wait and see... wait and see.

Sameer
Sameer

If silicon valley follows madison ave's periodic retro tastes, anything can happen

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