Gavepakke til deg som vil diskutere (kritisere?) iPad på et litt høyere nivå (enn hva som er den flotteste appen)

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Ja, så kom iPad-anmeldelsene til Norge nesten like fort som til USA, og Klassekampen kunne bruke forsida si på si at noen andre hadde sagt at iPaden var fint. (Det er greit å skrive masse om iPad, hvis grunnen er at man sier at det er dumt at andre gjør det, tydeligvis).

På tide å ta kritikken til et litt høyere nivå! Jeg har samlet sammen en del av de mer interessante artiklene som er blitt skrevet i forhold til hva slags betydning iPad vil få på lengre sikt. Vi har tidligere oppsummert ryktene før iPaden kom, og jeg har selv synset om hvem iPaden passer godt for). Det kommer en blogpost til med flere anbefalinger, den handler mer om hva iPaden betyr for bok- og avisindustrien.

Dette er vanvittig mye tekst, men det er nettopp det som gjør det til en gavepakke. Jeg har gjort grovarbeidet.

Jeg føler meg truffet, og henviser derfor til andre kloke hoder i dag. Illustrasjon: Handholio CC-BY-SA

iPaden har en lukket platform! Gjør det noe?

Joe Hewitt utviklet Facebooks iPhone-applikasjon, og skriver blant annet

Of all the platforms I’ve developed on in my career, from the desktop to the web, iPhone OS gave me the greatest sense of empowerment, and had the highest ceiling for raising the art of UI design. Except there was one thing keeping me from reaching that ceiling: the screen was too small.[…]

Seriously, if you’re a developer and you’re not thinking about how your app could work better on the iPad and its descendants, you deserve to get left behind.[…] My only problem with Apple is the fact that they insist on pre-approving every app on the App Store. […] So, in the end, what it comes down to is that iPad offers new metaphors that will let users engage with their computers with dramatically less friction. Les mer om hva Hewitt synes om iPaden

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Peter Kirn er musiker og teknologiskribent, og skriver blant annet

We could have had a Mac tablet today. Instead, we have a giant iPhone – and that’s a decision that has some serious repercussions. It’s a blow to open source alternatives, but also to open development in general: the power of interchangeable hardware and software, on which everything we do with music and visuals on computers is based. […]

I know what the objection will be: but this computer isn’t “for” people like me. But that’s the whole problem. Apple threatens to split computing into two markets, one for “traditional,” “real” computers, and another for passive consumption devices that try to play games without physical controls and let you read books, watch movies, play music, and run apps so long as you’re willing to go through the conduit of a single company. Les hele Peter Kirns blogpost

Jeff Jarvis trenger neppe noen introduksjon, og han skriver

I see danger in moving from the web to apps. The iPad is retrograde. It tries to turn us back into an audience again. That is why media companies and advertisers are embracing it so fervently, because they think it returns us all to their good old days when we just consumed, we didn’t create, when they controlled our media experience and business models and we came to them. Les hele blogposten til Jeff Jarvis

Aaron Swartz, som blant annet var med å grunnla Reddit, skriver

A lot of people have argued that requiring Apple to approve every application for the iPhone OS is some kind of “mistake”, something they’ll remedy as soon as they realize how bad things have gotten. But recent events […] have made it clear it’s not a mistake at all. It’s their plan.. […]

I don’t know why they’re doing it. It’s hard to see how it makes them more money. (Curating all those apps must be expensive, not to mention the lost sales from the unapproved ones.) I can only presume it’s a result of Jobs’ megalomaniacal need for control — not only does the hardware have to be flawless, the software must be too.  Les hele blogposten til Aaron Swartz

iPaden kan brukes «..selv av min mor». Brukervennlighet vs ‘tinkering’

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Daniel Tenner er grunnlegger av Woobious, og skriver blant annet

In short, most people don’t really need a proper computer at all. And they mostly don’t want one.[…]

Many people are comparing the iPad launch to the iPhone or the iPod […] A better comparison is with the Nintendo Wii. While Sony and Microsoft competed in the cut-throat market of consoles for gamers, the Wii also created a new product category: consoles for everyone else. It worked pretty well for them – it turns out that there’s a lot more non-gamers than gamers, and making a device that appeals to 95% of the population sells better than making one that appeals to only 5%.

And that’s exactly what Apple is doing: making a slick “uncomputer” that’s tailored to those people who don’t actually need a computer. Many gamers ended up buying Wiis too, and I’m sure many geeks will buy iPads, but the real money-maker will be those who don’t even have a Mac, and probably won’t ever have one because it’s too expensive and they don’t need it. Les hele Daniel Tenners blogpost om iPaden

Alex Payne jobber som utvikler (engineer?) hos Twitter, og skriver blant annet

The thing that bothers me most about the iPad is this: if I had an iPad rather than a real computer as a kid, I’d never be a programmer today. I’d never have had the ability to run whatever stupid, potentially harmful, hugely educational programs I could download or write.[…] The iPad may be a boon to traditional eduction, insofar as it allows for multimedia textbooks and such, but in its current form, it’s a detriment to the sort of hacker culture that has propelled the digital economy. Les hele Alex Paynes blogpost om iPaden

Utvikler Fraser Speirs skriver blant annet

For years we’ve all held to the belief that computing had to be made simpler for the ‘average person’. I find it difficult to come to any conclusion other than that we have totally failed in this effort.

[…] Ask yourself this: in what other walk of life do grown adults depend on other people to help them buy something? […] With the iPhone OS as incarnated in the iPad, Apple proposes to do something about this […] Those of us who patiently, day after day, explain to a child or colleague that the reason there’s no Print item in the File menu is because, although the Pages document is filling the screen, Finder is actually the frontmost application and it doesn’t have any windows open, understand what’s happening here.

[…] Many will cling to […] the idea that the computer-based part of it is the «real work». It’s not. The Real Work is not formatting the margins, installing the printer driver, uploading the document, finishing the PowerPoint slides, running the software update or reinstalling the OS. The Real Work is teaching the child, healing the patient, selling the house, logging the road defects, fixing the car at the roadside, capturing the table’s order, designing the house and organising the party. Les hele Frasier Speirs blogpost om iPaden

Dmitry Fadeyev i Usability Post skriver blant annet

One great thing about the iPad (and the iPhone) is how responsive it is. When you scroll, the content scrolls without any interruptions and lag — it’s very, very smooth. Why is this so important? It’s important because this level of responsiveness blends the borders between analog and digital media. When you use an iPhone, the content follows your finger as you scroll it — it feels like there’s a physical piece of paper moving under your hand. It feels this way because there is no lag. If the scrolling effect isn’t 100% smooth, this illusion of physical media breaks down and you’re back to struggling with an interface, waiting for it to catch up. This is a big problem that plagues almost all of competing devices. […] This is the beginning of the end of paper. Les hele Dmitry Fadeyevs blogpost

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Mark Pilgrim jobber i Google, og skriver

Once upon a time, Apple made the machines that made me who I am. I became who I am by tinkering. Now it seems they’re doing everything in their power to stop my kids from finding that sense of wonder. Apple has declared war on the tinkerers of the world. With every software update, the previous generation of “jailbreaks” stop working, and people have to find new ways to break into their own computers. Les hele blogposten til Mark Pilgrim

John Gruber er teknologiskribent og skriver

He’s 13 years old and he has created (with the help of his friend, 14-year-old designer Louis Harboe) and is selling an iPad app in the same store where companies like EA, Google, and even Apple itself distribute iPad apps. His app is ready to go on the first day the product is available. Not a fake app. Not a junior app. A real honest-to-god iPad app. Imagine a 13-year-old in 1978 who could produce and sell his own Atari 2600 cartridges.

Somehow I don’t think young Mr. Kaplan sees the iPad as hurting his sense of wonder or entrepreneurism. Les hele blogposten til Dan Gruber

Dan Moren er en av redaktørene i MacWorld, og skriver

The key here, as with the iPhone, is to abstract the nitty-gritty details of the underpinnings and remove obstructions in the way you do things. Much of the negative response to the iPad seems filled with anger—which, as Yoda adroitly pointed out, stems from fear—and it mostly comes from the kind of power users who like dealing with the underpinnings.

But I don’t think the iPad heralds the death of the personal computer or, as many people seem somewhat strangely concerned about, the end of tinkering. It’s not as though the iPad is going to murder curiosity. Some complain that Apple keeps locking out the jailbreakers with every revision of the iPhone OS, but the key point there is that the jailbreakers keep finding a way in. Cars are harder to tinker with today, but that hasn’t stopped people from becoming mechanics. It’s just that the vast majority of people don’t care how it works under the hood, as long as it gets them from point A to point B.

For Apple, it’s not about killing off tinkerers, but ensuring that not everybody who wants to use a computer has to be a tinkerer. […] The iPad won’t kill the computer any more than the graphical user interface did away with the command line (it’s still there, remember?) […] Les hele blogposten til Dan Moren

Les også:

Apple reinventing file access, wireess sharing for iPad

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