Apple, we are so close here. Yes, as I got older I found that I consume more than create so this would work for me. I love the performance and it comes close to what I wanted. My iPhone actually does a little more than the iPad but I am not looking to make calls from the iPad or even take pictures, but I could see why people would be interested in the video conferencing capabilities, but the way I tend to hold it most of the videos would be looking up my nose anyway.
The part I don’t get is why I still need to dock at all. Why can’t I wirelessly sync with the main computer in the house? If I could do that I don’t think I would really need more. I can see a future where we just have the main computer (an iMac in this case) acting as a “server” and the rest would just be iPads as thin clients. Make it so that the iMac doesn’t need to have someone logged in to sync or access their data and it is all the better.
Access is the second issue. Why can’t I just use the content on that iMac without syncing? You already let me do this with the AppleTV so why not with the iPad? So close to making this work for everything that I need but those 2 items are kind of big for me.
Until then this remains what it is – a really nice iPod Touch with a beautiful screen and fantastic performance. We are so close here Apple, but I’m sure you already know that and are holding back these functions for some non-technical reason. And yes, I did post this with the WordPress app for the iPad, so I guess I do still occasionally create after all.
One more thing. Would it really kill you to include a simple alarm clock function? Sure I can get third party apps for that but they have to run in the foreground to work and I don’t want to have to do that. With the dock this thing is perfect for the nightstand but I want it to function as an alarm clock as well. Give me that and I won’t give you a hard time about the lack of calculator. ;p