Some thoughts …
I thought it would be a good time to put down some thoughts on the iPad having had time to consider in more depth what it means for me and what it means for mobile music.
Let’s face it that rumours around this product have been around for ages. From the iTablet to the Mac Nano we’ve heard everything, and have ended up with the iPad.
So what is it. Well, it is obviously bigger than the iPhone / Touch and has a faster processor, both of which give it the potential to do more than the smaller class of device. However, it is running the same OS. Or is it? The only thing I’ve heard about differences between the iPhone OS and the iPad OS is that there is some form of file sharing available. It makes me wonder if this is indeeed the only difference, or if it is a start point for Apple to slowing differentiate the 2 device categories.
Of course, this is just conjecture, but it could happen. When Apple first announced the iPhone they billed it as OSX on a phone. But we all know that it isn’t really OSX. This time Apple have pitched the iPad as occupying the middle ground between the iPhone and a laptop, so will the OS follow suit and allow functionality halfway between the locked down world of the iPhone and the more open world of the desktop? Perhaps. I know that this would go some way to pleasing Peter Kirn and many others who were disappointed in the iPad.
But things could change completely as they have done in the past. When Apple launched the iPhone it was completely closed to developers, but they changed and the impact has been enormous. It is not inconceivable that they’ll do something similar again.
Some personal views
I felt a bit let down with the iPad. I was hoping for the Mac Nano. A tiny but fully fledged OSX, like my ancient libretto, but up to date and able to do everything. I don’t think I’m ever going to get that now, I don’t think Apple are interested in such a device.
Personally I don’t see where the iPad would fit for me. Don’t get me wrong, I still want one, but these days I’m more wary of tech for tech’s sake. I’ve had too many toys that were fun to play with but in the end served no purpose, and there’s a limit to the amount of stuff you can keep ‘in case it is useful later on’, if you know what I mean.
I can see the target audience for print media and other industries too, but I still struggle to see how I might find it of use.
What iPad might mean for mobile music
More importantly now what might it mean for mobile music making? Well there’s been lots of talk about the likes of lemur and the iPad and how they’ll need to evolve their business etc. Of course, the scope for controllers is massive, but if we start to think of this hardware as Apple have described it, as a middle ground, or filling a gap, then perhaps we should explore more about what gaps there are between current mobile music software and desktop?
What does fit in the gap that Apple are trying to fill? If Apple have found a new genre of device, will we see a new genre of software for mobile music? Thinking back to the launch of the iPhone SDK, it has done incredible things for mobile music, so perhaps we should expect a similar revolution from the iPad?
Wouldn’t that be something wonderful for 2010?