Originally Posted by boomhowler
Yes, a garageband mobile (just for recording and easy midi-editing, only using simple effects.. ) together with a usb-interface would actually make me sell my macbook. I'd do the major editing on the MacPro but all "on the field"-recording on the iPad.. that would be great. Ahh, one can always dream ;D
I don't do audio recording at other than a very, very amateur level, so I may be wrong, but isn't decent audio recording fairly CPU intensive - particular wrt latency?
If so, I just can't see the iPad doing that.
Originally Posted by jlandd
It's backwards thinking to say that Apple couldn't put a USB port on the iPad because there isn't the room. Just because it wasn't designed to accommodate one doesn't mean it couldn't have been, or shouldn't. I'm a fanboi, but to not have made a space concession the size of a pea in one corner to have one is, to me, giving the critics valid ammo.
I have a Wacom Intuous tablet that would make a fine casing size for a tablet, and it has two ports.
Once again, you just don't get it. There are tradeoffs to any engineering design. Apple decided to include only those items that are needed for this 'media consumption device'. As soon as you start arbitrarily adding ports, where do you stop? Maybe someone needs 2 USB ports. Or 3. Someone else wants an SD slot. Then, you get the people with CF cameras who want a CF slot. Or why not a parallel port - since some printers still require that. We have some electronic equipment that requires a serial port, so better include that, too. Pretty soon, you've doubled the weight, cut the battery life in half, and reduced the structural rigidity by 60%.
It's not that it would have been impossible to include a USB port - a mini USB port doesn't take much space. It's just that the tradeoffs aren't worth it. What is the average iPad user going to do that requires USB? Absolutely nothing - it was designed to make use of WiFi for everything.
Hard Disks? Not needed - iPad has no user-accessible file system
Printers - use WiFi
Cameras - use WiFi or Camera connection kit
video out - cable available
Audio in/out - mic/headphone jack
videocam - will plug into 30 pin port when available
Then there's the added problem. If you put a USB port in, people start plugging in everything in sight - and wonder why it doesn't work. 99% of the time, they'd blame it on the iPad. It's not meant to be a full blown computer.