Clay Shirky tells the story of a four-year-old girl who expects all screens to come with a mouse. I have a three-year-old godson who expects all shows to be replayable. This one-year-old baby expects all magazines to be tablets.
The next generation has no tolerance for media you can’t control. To them, passive media consumption is an alien concept.
By now, you’ve already heard about Apple’s new tablet device, the iPad. You know it’ll run the iPhone OS, it’ll have a 9.7 inch multitouch LCD screen, it’ll have a ten-hour battery life, and it’ll cost $499 up. Like the iPhone, it’ll be locked into the iTunes app store, and it won’t support Adobe Flash. Unlike the iPhone, it has no camera. You can check out Apple’s iPad product page for the rest of the specs.
As I watched Apple CEO Steve Jobs reveal the iPad yesterday, I felt like I was watching a parody video straight out of College Humor. He used words like “magical” and “revolutionary” to announce something that, stripped of such hyperbole, looks patently ridiculous: a giant iPhone. What’s more, this larger device actually lacks the camera of its smaller twin. Click here to continue reading “The iPad is a Giant iPhone”…