by AJ George
So it doesn’t multi-task. There’s no camera. It doesn’t support Flash. And it’s still only on AT&T’s network.
But, Apple’s new iPad is pretty remarkable. It weighs in at only 1.5 lbs and is .5 inches thick. The 9.7 inch screen is an LED backlit, IPS (in-plane switching) Display and is large enough to see full web pages at a time. It can be rotated and viewed nearly any direction. The keyboard is right there on the screen. There will be nearly 140,000 apps available from day one, including the iWork productivity apps that have been redesigned for the iPad and are available for $9.99 each. Meanwhile, the iBooks bookstore with its huge library of books, beautiful bookstore with shelves, changeable fonts and sizes and its virtually flippable book pages, basically makes the Kindle look like a dinosaur. Additionally, the iPad is touted as making gaming, email, viewing video and photos, and surfing the web better than ever before now that its literally right in your hands.
Perhaps the most remarkable part: the price. The base price for a 16 GB device is $499. The most expensive device comes in at $829 for a 64 GB Wi-Fi enabled device with 3G. Wi-Fi enabled iPads will begin shipping in late March (3G models begin shipping in April).But what I’m really looking forward to seeing is how this new device can take mobile learning to the next level. One of the most common complaints about mLearning is that viewing eLearning on such a small screen will be unacceptable to some learners. Could the nearly 10 inch screen be the missing piece to making mLearning a universal reality? Or will the lack of Flash cripple any such chance?