Sure it does. Leave your desktop running and use Go To My PC to access the desktop. You'll have access to your full desktop environment while you're making your rounds.
Or Go To My PC (they told me the iPad version would be out 'soon'). Or any of a dozen other thin client software packages.
Is there any reason to believe that you won't be able to turn off the 3G signal (or the WiFi for that matter)? You can turn it off on the iPhone, so why not on the iPad. After all, these things will be heavily used on airplanes, as well.
I think he's more interested in a integrated cross platform based solution for the need at hand, something that runs well on Windows, the iPad and OS X in case he switches platforms too. Of course this would require Windows and the third party software to update and manage the iPad, something I think Steve will not allow.
I guess you missed the 140,000 apps in the app store. There are a number of iPhone clients that offer what you want. If you really must use Windows, leave it on your PC and use any of the PC clients listed above. Bingo. Problem solved.
I think businesses would embrace the iPad if Apple guaranteed full long-term commitment.
As a businesses, I would still see too many "Look at Newton" shadows to be comfortable making an initial large-scale investment. Anything medical costs a fortune to deploy; the last thing anyone wants is to base their business on a costly iPad-specific app, only too see their investment orphaned down the line.
This is, of course, absurd. What Apple product has been 'Newtoned' in the past decade? Apple's commitment to its products is easily as good as anyone in the industry.
I design and develop applications used in hospitals for a living; I believe I have some credibility in this area. I agree that the concept of adopting a new operating system platform may be a bit challenging to hospital IT departments, but it is for this reason that the closed ecosystem of the iPad actually works for the device, whereas a full MacOS implementation would not. Why? Because it is virtually impossible for the user of the device to screw it up. Hospital IT staff can disable the installation of applications, iTunes, YouTube - this is a huge plus for them.
Exactly. This is not a PC. It's not meant to replace PCs. It's not even meant to replace laptops or netbooks. It's a portable device with limited capabilities for specific applications. And it's going to sell like hotcakes.
To be fair. Apple has over promised and under delivered with every iPhone OS since they changed the mobile market.
Apple has a very sad track record of only giving the users what will drive up market share before the next release of the iPhone OS (Can't speak for Mac OSX, not a user).
Your first statement is total BS. Apple doesn't promise anything at all. They don't announce products until they're done - so what you see is what you get (unlike the rest of the industry which thrives on vaporware). All the 'overpromising' comes from media hype and that's not Apple's fault.
I'm still trying to figure out what you mean by the second sentence. So Apple has a very sad track record of giving users what they want to buy? Is that really what you're trying to say? Why is that a complaint?
Oh, and maybe you should stop spending so much time whining about Macs since you don't use them and obviously don't know anything about them. Stick to a topic you know something about.
Two words to describe the iPad:-
Exactly. Citrix / Go to my PC / etc will be the killer app.
I've considered that to be the one concept that could make up for most of the iPad's limitations. It looks fine on the iphone but clearly just needs a bigger screen:
This solves the problem for businesses that already have a server setup that can easily deliver this kind of experience. When it comes to home users though, there needs to be something more.
Apple could bundle some sort of Clouded Leopard as part of MobileMe that allows users certain parts of a full desktop OS experience and optimized for touch interaction. The downside is making sure the experience works well over the user's network connection and some things are just going to be unworkable.
There comes the issue of software licenses. If you already own software at home, how can you run that on an Apple server? Thin client solutions will work in some cases - probably the best examples being the medical industry - but it won't be the best solution for everyone.
Look up Go To My PC. There is hardly anyone that won't work for.
That's one of the sillier arguments I've ever seen. The fact that not all data is on the computer affects the entire industry - not just slates. If you have data available on your computer, it's available to the iPad. Period. If it's not available on your computer, then the specs of the iPad are completely irrelevant