Originally Posted by holymadness
I would like to have seen:
- everything that is missing: removable battery, webcam, USB ports, kickstand, flash support, multitasking, etc.
- dual LCD/e-ink display for use during e-book reading
- handwriting input and recognition program Ã la Microsoft OneNote, especially for use with college textbooks (the current major disadvantage of ebook readers for the educational market is that note taking is impossible)
- better integration with media partnerships for downloading tv shows, movies, and magazines. I am not convinced that this is going to 'save the print media' until I see what NYT et. al. come up with to convince people to start paying for content instead of grabbing it from google news.
The iPod was revolutionary because it gave us 64GB of storage space when everyone else was offering 500MB. The iPhone was revolutionary for the obvious reasons (touchscreen, accelerometer, GPS, etc.), as was the App Store.
I don't understand the need for a removable battery. I would not need/use a webcam, but I can see why someone would miss it (sounds like an opportunity for a 3rd party vendor), kickstand is silly, there will be a milllion products made for this thing, I'm sure some kind of kickstand will be a part if it. Multitasking is also rather silly but whatever.
The Dual thing is a non starter as you know Apple wnats everyone to use what they have or hit the highway. It's worked for them so far.
The handwritting thing, I can see why people would want it, but my experience is that handwritting software is not that useful and the screen takes a beating after extended use.
The media thing, if Apple builds it, they will come. Disney is already talking about how they love the IPad.
With a display device that is different than anything else out there, the media companies will most likely look to take advantage of this by offering exclusive (paid) content.
5 years ago, very few here or anyone for that matter, would have said "yeah, I'd love to buy a device that I carry around to read books in black and white text". More likely than not, the response would have been, what is the point??