5. If you need it, iPad can provide it.
An accessory keyboard dock combines a charging station with a full-size keyboard. The dock's connector enables connection to an electrical outlet using the USB power adapter, for syncing to one's computer and accessing accessories like a camera connection kit. Providing the camera kit as an accessory allows for a flexibility/space trade-off according to the user's preferences. I doubt many users would use the iPad to take pictures while mobile, so the need for an on-board camera is questionable.
6. This is more than a new product; it's the continuation of a commitment. One blogger caught this comment from Apple chairman Steve Jobs at the iPad rollout: "More than 75 million people already know how to use the iPad; these are the owners of iPhones and iPod Touches. And there are more than 125 million customer accounts with credit cards, all enabled for one-click shopping on iTunes, the App Store and the new iBook store. We are at scale, and we are ready for the iPad."
7. Technology wins over hype. According to one blogger, the iPad's A4 is a system-on-chip that integrates an ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore with a memory controller. According to that blog, brightsideofnews.com, the SoC is mostly ARM IP clocking at 1 GHz, which is the " thermal sweet spot of the core, given that the maximum achievable clock of 1.3 GHz comes with a significant thermal penalty." Speed is everything in touch computers' screen response.
8. It's multilingual. According to Apple, iPad language support includes the following languages: English, French, German, Japanese, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, simplified Chinese and Russian. Keyboard support is provided for English, French, German, Japanese, Dutch, Flemish, Spanish, Italian, simplified Chinese and Russian. Dictionary support is provided for English, French, German, Japanese, Dutch, Flemish, Spanish, Italian, simplified Chinese and Russian. Don't quibble about what "support" means.
9. Apple has gotten a bum rap for too many years. According to the blog entry iPad or iMonopoly?", the iPad is being positioned as a media consumption device, an electronic outlet for large publications, like the New York Times or Wall Street Journal, and as a device to be used in manufacturing or for giving demonstrations on the fly. Apple could control the user experience and the applications market. Take that, Microsoft.
10. EE Times was banned from covering Apple's launch event. Reverse psychology works. I didn't get to play with the iPad, but I feel in my gut that my fellow engineers who love the iPhone and all its high-tech apps will also give the iPad its due as a technological achievement.
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