From what I can see so far, I will want an iPad. I won’t be happy with the name – my Mac’s iPad? Ugh! But according to the spec I can use an accessory connector to import images from an SD card over USB, and I would hope in the future to be able to use a similar accessory to use a standard external USB hard drive.
If that hope is fulfilled, the iPad just might wind up replacing my MacBook, and either the iPod touch would go away or wind up as a supplementary device (i.e., go back to being mainly my music device). On the other hand, if it isn’t possible to use some form of external storage, I would be much less enthusiastic about the tablet, though I would still be able to maintain external data using software over the WiFi connection (the way I currently work with stanza, for example). I expect my desktop would remain, but even that might change if I can use a USB drive with the iPad.
It looks as though I can read books adequately using the existing ebook readers, which means I’ll have access to the Baen books which meet my criterion for ebooks (prior post). In addition, there are enough other apps which I already use that the iPad will be a useful device right away and will become even more useful later, particularly as developers extend and adapt their existing products and release new ones.
The price. OK, I’m not entirely happy with that. It’s fair for the feature set, but obviously lower is better, particularly in light of my retirement last year. Living on savings is difficult at best, and every new device will add to the problems (Have I mentioned before about how I’d like to see certain business
leeches people taken out and shot for what they have done to the economy? No? Consider it said.).
The iPad won’t be available for a couple more months – and maybe in the meantime additional info will have cooled me down – but for now, I’m jumping up and down in anticipation.