As I just wrote in my last post, I don’t really think the iPad is a revolutionary device itself.
But I do get why people think it provides a glimpse of the future. In this way, it’s a little like the iPod, which basically showed the way to the iPhone (except the iPod was so new and so fresh and so powerful, it qualified as a truly revolutionary device in it’s own right).
As I’ve used the iPad the last day, it’s got me dreaming of the device that I think Apple will most surely build that will revolutionize computing: an extremely lightweight, thin MacBook that supports touch and runs OSX.
Microsoft tried to do something like this with their first tablets but they ran, well, Windows. And were the opposite of elegant.
I’d love a device that combines my Macbook and my iPad. Where I can toggle between a touch-driven app and regular, keyboard laptop functionality. With their new A4 chip and Jony Ive and Steve Job’s vision, Apple can and surely will make this device. Can’t wait. When they do, that will be the revolutionary device, and the iPad will have paved the way.