a disconcerting trend

apple has released a new product, and people are going nuts.

it seems as though people are in one of two camps: they love apple’s new toy, or they’re disappointed by it. this is pretty much par for the course. plenty of people have predicted the eventual rise the iPad will experience, and it will be interesting to watch the world as it reacts to apple’s product once it’s in consumers’ hands.

what I’m more worried by is this division that I see forming between people who believe that most (if not all) consumer-level computers should use this model, and people who want a traditional OS.

to be clear, I’m a big fan of the evolved idea of the“information appliance”. I think it’s a great idea, and it’s like the technology we see in movies. a morphing, adaptable device that can be used in a variety of situations and is both intuitive and powerful. naturally, then i’m a fan of the iPad. I think it’s a device that fits what has become my lifestyle and way of processing information.

I’m not, however, about to declare anything “new world” or “old world.” what I will do, however, is say that I enjoy where apple is going with their ideas, and I think that havin devices that offer a powerful, focused experience just makes sense.

to say that this is where apple (or any company, for that matter) is going from now on is…presumptuous. this may be an experiment on apple’s part, and it may be their new focus, or it may be a blend of those two spheres of thought. who knows? I know that I’d rather not look like an idiot when apple continues to release products with full operating systems.

just because it’s a good idea doesn’t mean it’s the only idea. I hope someone challenges apple and tries to do it better, but it looks like everyone else is just plain scared.

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