Short note on the iPad
Doctorow’s right, Apple (that is, Steve Jobs) should have opened up the iPad. The iPad will not foster revolutionaries; it won’t be the tool for those who think different. It optimises what we have – e-mail, Internet browsing, watching films and photos, and other established software applications. At that, I think it will excel; I think it will sell; I think it will improve the user experience in the shallow sense for most casual computer users; I think it will be the first computer my grandfather could use without hassle; and I think it will change how and where computers are used. But it doesn’t have leverage that excites me the way the smartphone has.