Originally Posted by frankie
I still can't understand how this thing doesn't have a USB port...
Seriously I don't get it.
As other people have pointed out, it does. Just not a standard A- or B- port.
(BTW, one thing I'm not clear on and perhaps someone can straighten me out, does the iPad have a USB *host* controller chip in it, or only a peripheral chip?)
I suspect that Apple could wing a USB stick driver for the purposes of downloading photos from a flash card; but without a true host controller (or OTG controller), they're not going to be connecting too many peripherals to an iPad.
Then again, what peripherals do we really need? Bluetooth and WiFi handle most of the devices I'd want to hook up.
Sure, I'd love to add more storage, but as a developer I'm quite aware of the limitations of the iPhone OS file system, so I'm not sure there'd be much to gain by adding a USB memory stick to the thing.
Joysticks and game controllers would be nice for gamers, but my understanding is that people can already build game controllers for Apple's 30-pin connector; where are those things at?
The way I figure it, my Mac is my USB peripheral for an iPad. And it can do just about anything I'd want a standalone USB device to do (even be portable, if I use my MBP).
Of course, *your* use case may be different than mine; perhaps you absolutely, positively, *must* connect a USB device to your tablet computer. No sweat. Buy someone else's tablet. I don't think Apple will miss your sale or sales to people who have the exact same use case as you do. Lots of people couldn't handle the limitations of the iPod; they bought RIOs and even (God help them) Zunes. Most were very happy with their decision and recommended their device to all their friends. That didn't stop Apple from selling a boatload of iPods, however, I suspect you'll find that the lack of a USB port is not going to stop Apple from selling a boatload of iPads.
Personally, I think the failure case is that Apple left off the firewire port. Or maybe a floppy drive :-)