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Well, surprisingly a lot of developers like the crippled OS, for web security reasons, for offloading daemons, etc to the webserver, and in general that might not be such a bad idea. Personally, I don't care for toy apps and OSes, but those toy apps might have been due to the limitations of the iPhone itself, as the other surprising thing is that a lot of iPhone developers and ex/refugee developers really really like the iPad, as they couldn't do what a lot of stuff that they wanted due to the iPhone screen size, and now feel they've got a good app platform, and so it's expected that some really cool apps are going to show up for the iPad. For a lot of developers now, it's all about the iPad.
And you know what they say about applications . . .
That sucker's got to multitask, though - I don't get that at all. That's the crippler.
Nah, I'm not missing the point of this device. I'm missing the point of putting a crippled OS on it, which is clearly limiting what it is intended to be used for.
The points already made about not being able to have your AIM, Skype, Messenger and/or whatever IM you prefer on at the same time you're surfing and/or checking and sending email are true, it's crippling to say the least. Especially for a web device. Lot of my use with the MacBook is also incidentally surfing the web on our couch, and it also involves skyping, IM'ing, sometimes IRC'ing with my friends, sharing links, reading and responding to emails, billing clients (Numbers->PDF->email) etc.
This Apple's direction of moving to closed system architecture is, well...
Being able to multitask certain things would be nice. Who knows, maybe the 4.0 software will enable some of this on the iPad.
As far as being a closed architecture …you are still seeing this thing like a Laptop and not an appliance. It's no more closed than an Xbox or PS3 …or smart phones like the Pre. Those are the type of devices this should be compared to. The fact that it does things that people normally associate with a PC use is causing confusion.
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