Why Apple’s iPad is the future for home computing

“I have seen the future of home computing, and it is the iPad. I’m convinced of it,” Kenneth van Wyk writes for Computerworld.

“When I got my iPad, I immediately installed several software packages on it. Most of it was for entertainment (e.g., Netflix, ABC Reader), but I also installed a couple of apps that could at least ostensibly be used for business (e.g., Pages, Keynote). Each installation was simple: I ran the App Store application, found the tools I wanted, and clicked the purchase icon. Within moments, each package installed,” van Wyk writes. “The installation process gave me absolutely no choice as far as where the software would reside on my iPad. In fact, I had no choices whatsoever beyond yes/no to purchase the apps.”

“Once the apps were installed, I was able to get some of my Keynote presentations and Pages documents over to my iPad via an iTunes synchronization to my MacBook Pro,” van Wyk writes. “But here too, I had absolutely no way of controlling or choosing where the documents were placed on the iPad. Once I synchronized the device, the documents appeared for their respective applications.”

“For many of my fellow techies, the words ‘lack of choice’ are the kiss of death for a device like this,” van Wyk writes. “But for the average consumer, ‘lack of choice’ can be interpreted as ‘simple,’ by and large. And to get to the masses, simple never hurts.”

van Wyk writes, “The result of all this is a platform that is simple, intuitive and highly usable for common home computing tasks… And, even though I am not an average consumer of high-tech devices, I have absolutely no need to understand the underlying organization and architecture of the iPad. The apps I’ve installed just plain work. How can that not be a boon to the consumers of the world? …I’m convinced the model that Apple has laid out with the iPad is the future of home computing.”

Full article, which discusses how iPad’s model will “virtually obliterate” malware (including lazy Adobe’s Flash), here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dow C.” for the heads up.]

33 Comments

  1. More and more fawning like this just confirms the certainty that Apple’s remaining days in the real computer business are fewer and fewer. Hello AMDC Inc. – Apple the Mobile Device Company courtesy of one Steven Paul Jobs.

    In 3-5 years at the most, our only option if we want to create something more complicated than an email, we’ll have to open our MBP, fire up Windows, and hope for the best.

    But we’ll be having a great time wasting time playing mindless games, surfin’ around the net, and forgetting why we downloaded a couple of iPad apps that we completely forgot about.

  2. Simple is Right
    Sure, but you think Apple is going to let all the content creation to the other platforms. You don’t have a clue. Macs are more popular today than ever. Why would Apple kill a profitable revenu stream that has 92% growth potential. At the time that it is gaining traction. Don’t presume you can predict Jobs, because a lot more deciated folks have tried and filed.

    The Mac is here to stay buddy. I might change form, but it is not going away any time soon.

  3. Hey “Simple is Right”

    Fire up WIndows?

    Are you on drugs?

    What are you doing on Mac Daily News?

    Get out of here, Now!

    My new i7 MacBook Pro is the best computer any person
    who knows anything about computers could have ever
    dreamed of owning.

    You? a complete moron, correct?

  4. @Simple is Right

    Luddites like you are the main reason the computer industry has been held back by mediocre and dysfunctional systems like Windows for the past decade. You are clearly too stupid to understand the enormous implications engendered by the iPad and thus you have no place in the brave new world that Apple are promoting.

    This is an entirely new device with profound implications for the education, service and medical industries – it does not supplant either desktop or laptops but complements them. The good news is that fools like you are destined to go the way of the dinosaur. The iPad will engender a new breed of computing, one that is user-centric, and I fully expect other manufacturers to follow, once again, where Apple leads as they have always done.

    =:~)

  5. @ Simple is Right

    You’re kidding (like Zune Tang), right? Because if you are, you’re not very good at it (like Zune Tang).

    People will still have a need to do things that are not possible or inconvenient on a touch-based computer. Apple is not going to cede that opportunity to Microsoft. Why would Apple create such amazing Macs like the 27-inch iMac and just released MacBook Pros, if Apple was not serious about Macs?

    If anything, the popularity of iPad will fuel Mac sales. After the early adopters, a significant majority of ongoing iPad sales will be to non-Mac computer users. They will be getting an iPad to use with their “traditional” computer, which based on current user share, will more likely be a Windows PC. If their experience is positive (and it is based on current reaction), then when it’s time to replace that Windows PC, they will replace it with a Mac.

    “Halo effect.” It already happened with iPod and then with iPhone, and it is the reason why Mac sales are increasing year or year, at a rate that beats the industry average. Why would Apple abandon a business that is GROWING each year?

  6. No “Simple” you have it wrong. In 3 to 5 years Apple will have launched a new Adobe killing suite selling it for $599 and $399 pre installed on any “pro” mac ordered. The mac is going to get better, not die.

  7. Does anyone actually believe what van Wyk is describing is “computing”.

    Enjoy your love affair with this 10 in. square gadget of glass and plastic – give one to your grandmother because it is so simple, but please don’t call it any kind of computer.

  8. Thanks for this post, MDN. The IT guys at work really appreciate light humor to close out the week. I-Pad is the future of home computing? Hilarious.

    I highly recommend you MAC fangirls get over yourselves and ask your certified IT specialists at work what computer makes the most sense for use at home. Why do you follow the smug and pretentious herd just to be part of a shiny toy owners club? The IT guys where I work have seen the future and it includes a stylus, lots of ports, Windows 7 and Zune Marketplace. Sorry to say it but I-Pad buyers will be missing out.

    Your potential. Our passion.™

  9. Hi Steve Ballmer. The iPad also doesn’t have any physical keys. Also, no Microsoft Windows or Adobe Flash. I am sure people will not want it either.

    Steve Ballmer is nominated to be the village idiot again for the full 2010 year! It is also hard to find a good experienced dancing monkey.

  10. I played with one for the first time an hour ago.

    It will serve well for about 90% of the tasks that 80% of the potential users routinely do.

    So it may cannabilize some laptop sales.

    I have a Macbook, a slot-load iMac for backup, but an iPad will serve for 90% of the time that I leave my house.

    Enough said.

  11. I just have one question here—why then is there a lineup of 15 (and counting) competing tablet products (labeled “iPad Killers” while suspiciously resembling iPad) suddenly being rolled out and touted by every other COMPUTER manufacturer? And their spec sheets drooled over, and their future success prayed for, by throwback tech bloggers and pundits?

    GMAFB

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