Originally Posted by MacTripper
Also it seems Apple has introduced it's own processor and graphics chip, so this will be interesting. Also it gives Apple a very nice hardware lock, something they lost when they had to switch from hot PPC's to Intel processors.
Oh, no SD slot and no USB port. The only way to get content on it is from the device itself or via another computer.
No iSight cam or camera, means no video or taking pictures. No visible way to get the pictures to the device via a camera.
Also it's a closed and limited box, people are going to have to accept that, a tough sell as well.
This is not entirely accurate. First, Apple is a fab-less ARM design licensee. Their license grants them the write to make proprietary design changes to the reference ARM designs as is the case with many other developers, but the underlying core design and technology is very much ARM. Although Apple is calling their chip the "A4" it is likely based on a goosed-up version of the Cortex A8 (iPhone 3GS) or A9 (multi-core/multi-thread capable). Additionally, Apple holds a small but significant stake in PowerVR which makes the SGX graphics core for the iPod touch and iPhones. There is no reason for Apple to use anything else at this point. So we can also assume that a PowerVR graphics core (unmodified) is either integrated into the A4 SoC, or sits on its own on the board.
To the issue of camera connectivity, if you look at Apple's spec page for the iPad, you will see that they are offering a camera connectivity kit specifically to address the lack of USB and SD card slot. I can imagine plenty of people who will never have use for it on a mobile device and will simply wait to get home to load their photos on their computer. But for those who want that functionality, the kit provides two adapters that plug into the 30-pin dock connector in the iPad. One allows you to hook up a camera directly using its USB cable, while the other is basically an SD-card reader on 30-pin connector so that you can bypass the camera itself. Photos can then be transferred directly into the Photos app.
This is clearly an advantage of using OS X as the basis for the iPhone OS, since you don't need to re-engineer the functionality of camera connectivity. It's already there, and you avoid the complexities of needing to make specific drivers for every iteration of camera out there. My hope is to see Apple extend this adapter's functionality to the iPhone an iPod touch in the next software update. It only seems logical. But it should also serve as a reminder that there is a lot of untapped functionality that can be added to the iPhone OS should Apple decide to do so.
Finally, my $0.02 on this product is that Apple is on the right track. Yes, there was nothin earth shattering today, certainly not on the level of the original iPhone. However, if you pay attention to where Apple is going with this, they are focusing on the core mobile experience; NOT computing. It has a more than capable web browser and now in an easier to use 9.7" screen. It plays music and videos, reads newspapers and textbooks and novels, etc. None of these functions requires an optical drive, a physical keyboard, or a trackpad, or even a 13"/15"/17" screen. You just need something big enough to use for these purposes without the extra weight and heft of all the unnecessary "stuff" on a full funtion laptop/desktop. And Jobs is right, this is the job that netbooks attempted to accomplish, and in many ways, even the new slate (no pun intended) of tablet devices from other manufacturers are attempting to bring a desktop-like computing experience to a tablet form. But yet again, Apple has demonstrated that what people are looking for in the mobile space is a streamlined and highly focused device that handles the majority of core mobile functions exceptionally well.
I know some people disagree, but to me, this device really does make sense.
P.S. I don't recall a single mention of McGraw-Hill during the presentation. Hahahaha!