Ihnatko on the iPad

Andy Ihnatko on MacBreak Weekly discussing the iPad.


Andy is obviously gushing about this new piece of hardware. I don’t have the funds to consider an iPad- my netboook/iPhone will just have to do me for mobile computing, at least for the next year. But when the haters pile in, remember this, from Fraser Speirs’ excellent blog post in January.

The Real Work is not formatting the margins, installing the printer driver, uploading the document, finishing the PowerPoint slides, running the software update or reinstalling the OS.

The Real Work is teaching the child, healing the patient, selling the house, logging the road defects, fixing the car at the roadside, capturing the table’s order, designing the house and organising the party.

Think of the millions of hours of human effort spent on preventing and recovering from the problems caused by completely open computer systems. Think of the lengths that people have gone to in order to acquire skills that are orthogonal to their core interests and their job, just so they can get their job done.

If the iPad and its successor devices free these people to focus on what they do best, it will dramatically change people’s perceptions of computing from something to fear to something to engage enthusiastically with. I find it hard to believe that the loss of background processing isn’t a price worth paying to have a computer that isn’t frightening anymore.