Here’s my initial thoughts on Apple’s big announcement, culled from Notepad and Twitter.
- iPad?! Really?! REALLY? Gosh, I’m sorry I no longer have a Nook now. They would have been great partners.
The iPad, now available in Light, Maxi, and Super (8Gb, 16Gb 64Gb)? As Tessa Dare said, are there NO women at Apple who could have given them the heads up (HA) that this is a BAD NAME?
Please someone tell me they’ll just name the next device iVAGINA and be done with it? Is this how they’re targeting female technology consumers and book readers? Sweet holy crap.
- Yadda yadda bunch of stuff it does yay.
- iBooks: HOLY LAMESAUCE people. It was a throwaway app demo, with more time spent on games and on their iWork suite.
- It uses ePub. Water is extra wet sometimes.
- Helloooo? DRM? There’s none in iTunes now… so, absence of mention makes me very curious. Like, if you have to ask, you won’t like the answer.
- The amount of time spent on iBooks made it insignificant, especially when I stopped to ponder what COULD have been shown.
There was a momentary display of the store, and the pricing therein didn’t thrill me, and a display of animated page turning. Woo. A choice of fonts… five fonts.
This isn’t “standing on the shoulders of Kindle.” It’s giving the Kindle half a nod from across a ballroom full of other people you’d rather talk to.
Then there was copious onanism about iWork, particularly Pages, and this is where I got really annoyed. How is there not more integration between iBooks and the iWork suite, especially as their featured demo was a term paper in progress with illustrations and source material?
What about onboard social networks, email functionality, or notation from inside iBooks? Wouldn’t that be a key feature to intregrate with the endless onward wanking about Pages? For example: writing a report… and easily with a single gesture including both the source material and the citation using iBooks and Pages?
I realize that reading isn’t the utmost important thing for everyone else, but come on now! Productivity in all forms includes printed material. The lack of interaction demonstrated in iBook makes me hope for other reading alternatives on the iPad (DEAR GOD THE NAME). Color me underwhelmed in a big, big way.
I am planning to order one, as I’m very curious about iBook, and about whether or not I’ll be able to use Stanza on it. Stanza on the iPhone is a hot sexy revelation.
With the iPad, my biggest concern is will my retinas hate me if I read on it. I love the Stanza features while reading, especially the email and Twitter integration, but the eyestrain I get from focusing on such a tiny screen is so painful it’s unreal.
Reading on the iPad may be awesome and comfy, despite the backlighting.
IF I’m able to use Stanza. iBook didn’t wow me out of the box, (Heh heh. Box.) and I hope I have options. However, as Jane pointed out in conversation on Twitter, alternative video or music or app stores are not on the iPhone. I hope this doesn’t mean I have to hack my iPad to use Stanza. And tape it together. Using wings.
Finally, one last thought about the iPad: someone, anyone, ask a woman before you name a device. Please.
You can watch the presentation online already: