The almighty iPad
So, the latest creation of Apple and the most anticipated device since the iPhone, a touchscreen tablet dubbed the iPad, has been revealed. Steve Jobs, the company’ CEO, revealed it at a press conference in San Francisco in late January and said that “it’s so much more intimate than a laptop and so much more capable than a smartphone with this gorgeous, large display”. Rumor has it that Jobs has even said the iPad “will be the most important thing I’ve ever done.”
In a nutshell, iPad is 9.56 inches (242.8 mm) hight, 7.47 inches (189.7 mm) wide and all of its built-in apps take advantage of multi-touch screen and work in any orientation. It can be used for browsing webpages, doing e-mail, organising calendar and contacts, writing notes, enjoying and sharing photographs, watching videos, listening to music, playing games and reading e-books, etc. It has maps application, satellite view, the App Store, the iTunes Store and Spotlight Search for searching across iPad and all of its built-in apps, etc. The starting price of this new gadget is $499 (approximately £325) and the shipping of Wi-Fi and 3G models will start in late March.
Many book publishing companies, such as Taschen in which books Kent House published some of our finest brand identity logos and the EventManager case study, are taking the new iPad in their stride and are expanding their digital media departments in order to digitise all their books for the iPad. It looks like Taschen is one of those companies that can quickly adopt to new technology and change.
Google for some time now has wanted to create the world’s largest online library but recently it got into copyright monopoly trouble with US authors and publishers and several organisations including Amazon, Microsoft and Yahoo!. I just wonder how soon Apple with its iPad and e-book concepts will get drawn into the Google book fight…