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The iPad

Well we got our hands on an iPad last week. In a word: Amazing!

A picture of the accessibility features found on an iPad.

A picture of the accessibility features found on an iPad.


It has been interesting to hear and see people’s reactions on campus to this new tool. Even the most devoted Apple Fans find the iPad mesmerizing.

In addition to exploring the iPad firsthand, we have been trying to keep up with the online information explosion. A search on iPad in Google this morning produced over 60 million hits. Here are a few resources we found useful in monitoring the emerging iPad story:

1. Apple sold 300,000 iPads in the first weekend and 500,000 in the first week.

Apple iPad launch Weekend Roundup
http://www.engadget.com/2010/04/05/apple-ipad-launch-weekend-roundup/

2. General impressions of the iPad have been extremely positive.

The Apple iPad: Hands-on Review
http://www.labnol.org/gadgets/ipad-review/13425/

3. Accessibility is a key design feature. In fact, Apple promotes their commitment to accessible design: “iPad comes with a screen reader, support for playback of closed-captioned content, and other innovative universal access features — right out of the box. There’s no additional software to buy or install. These features make iPad easier to use for people who have a vision impairment, are deaf or hard of hearing, or have a physical or learning disability.”

iPad Accessibility Features
http://www.apple.com/ipad/features/accessibility.html

User-Centered Design and Web Accessibility Blog
http://anikto.com/wordpress/?p=317

4. Similar to the business model established for the iPhone, apps are viewed as the key to driving hardware sales.

Top Apps for the iPad and Early Trends
http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/ipads_top_apps_and_early_trends.php

iPad Apps: For Your Reference
http://www.engadget.com/2010/04/05/apple-ipad-launch-weekend-roundup/

5. Naturally, not everyone agrees with the hype. A provocative dissenting viewpoint is articulated by Cory Doctorow:

Why I won’t buy an iPad (and think you shouldn’t, either)
http://www.boingboing.net/2010/04/02/why-i-wont-buy-an-ipad-and-think-you-shouldnt-either.html

6. Finally, the significance of the iPad has produced some interesting social commentary. A couple of examples that made us chuckle and shake our heads…

How Will You Carry Your iPad?
http://www.geekculture.com/joyoftech/joyarchives/1348.html

The Tablet Commandments
http://www.geekculture.com/joyoftech/joyarchives/1375.html

Will it Blend?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAl28d6tbko