Like you, I’ve read, heard or seen a number of iPad articles and reviews. What single feature (pro and con) was mentioned most often? Here’s my summary. Yours may be different.
Most Magical: The NUI – Natural User Interface
Touch, multi-touch, gestures, speed of response and the ability of end users of all abilities and ages to quickly use the device. In a single word – Usability.
Geekspeak: More on NUI
(Yes, I know NUI is often associated with Microsoft, and Bill Buxton of Microsoft Research in particular. Let’s not get parochial here.)
Most Needed: Improved Multitasking
I say improved because the iPad does have some multitasking and it does support background processes. You can listen to music playing or receive new email while using other apps. However, this capability is currently reserved for Apple’s applications on the iPad and is not availability for third party apps.
Apple’s recently announced iPhone OS 4.0 will offer improved multitasking, including music, location-aware and voice over IP applications. The new OS 4.0 will be available first on the iPhone and iPod Touch (though likely not for the earliest models) this summer. An update for the iPad will follow in the fall.
Geekspeak: The technical among us may argue that the multitasking of the upcoming OS 4.0 is not true multitasking, since app switching will often suspend apps rather than allow them to continue running in the background. Fair enough. More on this here.