Originally Posted by nkhm
Yes, that's the whole point of the device.
It's not a replacement for anything, it's a new type of device.
Did you watch the keynote?
It's for people who don't need the 'full' computer experience - people who just want to browse the web, check their email (hotmail probably!) and listen to music while reading books.
Yes... and it's also for people like me who want to use it to extend or supplement existing desktop/laptop systems (I have both a mac pro and a macbook pro)...
The first app I'll be running in the iPad is TouchOSC (or equivalent). I can't wait. TouchOSC lets me remotely control the faders, knobs, and other parameters of the music "DAW" software running on my full-powered computer.
I do this now using my iPhone. The biggest downside is its screen size. Limited number of elements, have to flip between screens, etc. With an iPad, and an updated version for iPad? I'll have a fuller-sized multi-touch controller screen to use... and the connection is via WiFi, so no cables there.
It's truly a dream....
It's basically a slightly smaller version of this: http://www.jazzmutant.com/lemur_overview.php
And that's just ONE app... it's easy to extrapolate and imagine incredible new applications for this device.
No, it doesn't remotely "replace" my desktop or laptop. It's more like my iPhone on steroids from a UI perspective. That's something I can definitely get behind...
I know no fewer than 15 people who will order the thing on day one... from 20 "polled". We've been waiting a long time for something like this.
Is it perfect? Definitely not. But a huge step in the 'right' direction. I'm a customer for sure...