Originally Posted by Iandanger
I get why apple left off the USB port, but there really should be a way to hook multiple devices in to the thing, and at a bare minimum, an SD card reader, the ipad could easily fit one. I really hope to see some 30pin connector audio gear come out now that this thing is so successful already, it would make composing beats and dj'ing on the ipad a lot easier
You just don't get it.
Apple is one of the only people in the industry designing things the way they do: figure out what you want the device to do and then distill it down to the essentials needed to do that very, very well.
Everyone else thinks that more features and more ports improves a device, but that's just not the case. Adding features that only 0.01% of users need doesn't make sense - it makes the device more expensive, heavier, and more breakable for everyone in order to satisfy a tiny number of people - most of whom are better served with a regular laptop, anyway.
If Apple adds USB (even if they could find a way to make it fit) and an SD card, why not a CF card? Or any of the other 30 memory card formats? Then, what happens when a new one comes out? Throw your iPad away?
If you want to transfer files from your phone to the iPad, the camera connection works for ALL cameras - regardless of which memory card format it uses. It is also likely that future cameras will continue to have USB connections, so the iPad will be useful with the next generation of cameras, as well.
Let's see the logical extension of this "Why couldn't Apple have added an SD slot or USB slot". A small number of people use parallel port printers. Why didn't Apple add a parallel port. And we control some devices with serial ports. It needs a serial port. Oh, I have an old ADB keyboard around here somewhere. Apple should really have included ADB. And I might find myself somewhere with Ethernet, but no Wifi and too remote for 3G service, so it needs an Ethernet port. And what if I'm on a desert island with no Ethernet, either? They need to put a modem in this thing.
ANY of those items could be argued, but Apple did the only rational thing - they narrowed it down the the minimum required to be a great device - the tiny percentage of people who need something else can find a workaround or buy a regular laptop. It doesn't make sense to add a zillion features just because SOMEONE might want them.