<p>There's going to be a lot of buzz surrounding the new Apple iPad announced by Steve Jobs today. I won't rehash all the news that's already on the blogosphere, but I did want to point out a few caveats:</p>
- Get the 3G model if you want location services. Yes, it'll cost at least $629 instead of $499 for the base model. But you need the 3G SIM card to get GPS. Otherwise, you get the same wifi-based location services that the 2G iPhone used. Given how many apps these days are location-aware, the extra money is worth it to have the GPS hardware on-board. Also, I wouldn't be surprised to see an announcement this summer for an iPhone 4G and a iPad 4G. Assuming AT&T can handle the data demand.
- Apple crippled the video-out. It will play HD 720p video on the internal screen. But the video out port is analog-only. Which means VGA to a computer or Standard Def 576p to a TV. Blech. Maybe an AppleTV refresh is coming based on this thing's video engine, but the iPad isn't an HDTV convergence device yet.
- They could have called it the iPod Touch DX instead of iPad. Steve Jobs may call it "magical", but its not revolutionary.
- The iBooks app looks a whole lot like Delicious Library. And it's recycling a name from Apple's consumer portable. I wonder how many of these are going to be sold on ebay by mistake.
- It ships in 60 days. Good luck getting one. While I'm not blown away, I'll be in line for one anyway. It looks useful as a color Kindle or upscaled iPod.