The iSlate, or iPad, or for now the iDon’tknow

Those of us in the Geek community, whose favourite flavour of rumour is ‘Apple’ (don’t you just love the little red lines it draws under words you’ve spelled properly on this thing… but I digress), are uniformly almost wetting themselves over an announcement coming later today, which promises to change the world as we know it. Or maybe should I say the world as we hold it in our hands. Yes, Apple is soon to release it’s latest iGizmo, this time being one in it’s genesis about as long as Cameron had been contemplating Avatar, going back to attempts like the Apple Newton. Yes, they are indeed hoping to sell just as many, too.

I’ll admit it, I too believe this has the potential to change forever how we communicate with computers. It also could solve a very serious problem that we have been having up until now- that being that we spend far too much time fiddling with the computer itself instead of fiddling with, I mean communicating with, each other! By having a touch-sensitive interface, we really can feel like we are poking and stroking our friends, anyway I digress again, what I really mean to say is that the experience promises to be a lot more immediate, if not actually more intimate.

A lot of people have trouble with conventional email, they just don’t feel they can express themselves through it. Facebook has solved that quite a lot for me, along with it’s various methods that let you decide how near or far you wish to be to people. Of course, the new buzz-word is ‘rich media’ and if you can’t say it in words, there is nothing to stop you saying it with photos, films, or even a song. I expect that the iPad, providing it has a video camera and mic, will make this kind of  long-distance communication more feasible for everyday use. Why, I now Skype my girlfriend more than phoning and for even longer- sometimes for as much as 3 hours! But we need to be sitting at a computer to do this… something that may well soon change.

Given the right screen, it will be great for reading, movies, web-browsing and of course a whole truck lot of apps. This could actually prove tricky, as a screen that is good for movies isn’t necessarily so good for reading books, something the success of the Kindle highlights. This is no prediction, but I expect the iThing to err on the side of glossy brightness and be better for rich media than books, though good enough for the latter that many don’t mind… but, even sometimes  iAmwrong (honest!)

Well, we will all find out soon enough, so until the iSoon arrives, stay tuned to this space to hear the most incredibly interesting iReaction to it. Or not, as the case may be.

Some possible designs?

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