Unless you have been living under a rock for the past couple months, you know that Apple has just released a new tablet computing device called the iPad. Unlike the Tablet PC that Microsoft designed several years ago, the iPad has no keyboard and no stylus. This means applications have to be redesigned to work using the multitouch interface in order to be usable on the iPad. That’s a lot of work. Luckily, apps written for the iPhone and the iPod Touch will also run on the iPad, so there are thousands of apps already available, though most won’t take advantage of the larger screen.
Two influential writers have praised the iPad. First, Walt Mossberg, the tech writer for the Wall St. J. has a review of the iPad. He says it may revolutionize the way we interact with computers. An expanded video review is available. Walt’s product reviews have had enormous impact on the way products get built and how they are marketed, so his endorsement will give the iPad a big boost.
Second, Martin Cragan, the marketing guru at Silicon Valley Product Group has praised the iPad team in his blog. Most of Martin’s blog entries are chock full of advice to help product teams understand the product discovery process. Today’s entry to his blog is very different. It is simply his impressions of how the iPad may be the first “domesticated” computer.