Look outside the box people. The article writer hit the nail on the head - don't worry about any other application for these devices other than sat in the studio with a Lemur type interface running on them. Total control of every AU (or VST), every channel, everything. These things runs software already out for the iPhone and there is already plenty of DJ and studio software available for that device. All of this will immediately by available on a larger less clumsy device. And it won't be too long before applications are built specifically for it.
It will multitask (eventually) - but this isn't a computer. It's a device for running specialist applications very well. Your computer running Cubase, Logic, Pro Tools or whatever will be doing the donkey work. You will simply have the ability to control it remotely. And this same use could be ported to stage use - just look at the new Orbital rig, using the jazzMutant screens to trigger samples and midi sequences on Ableton...
Well I have just seen the Ipad from Fujitsu, doesn't even look vaguely resemble it...
Fujitsu might even sue Apple, they have a similar product already on the market for a few years, so I read today in the paper.
Fujitsu is registered trademark owner of the word "iPad". Looks like another iPhone to me.
indeed I give them props for making it at least so dam sexy!! hopefully the evolution in to a full blown laptop wont be too far off on the horizon... the future is touch screen, have you seen "Minority Report"? or "The Island"?
And that will undoubtedly come soon after the initial product. I guess they have to start somewhere.
I think it's a niche product, something to have laying around the coffee table or couch to quickly have access to the net. If it would have been a full blown computer running Mac OSX then I'm in!! It seems to me that other then running specific Iphone or Ipad apps- will make it pretty useless for most musicians.. The next step for apple will be an I-pad with full blown macbook specs offered in different sizes.
Also no flash, no widescreen video, no HDMI, no USB, no cam, no SD and Apple Store only, so no third party music apps you can install (without a jailbreak)...it really is an Iphone Touch (same OS) without being able to call, I was a bit excited too about the whole multitouch thing but this thing is closed, only Apple approved apps. Some functionality like USB can be bought optionally though with adapters.
I assumed that was just in the demo only, how could you have a tablet machine without multitasking? I guess musicians will just have to buy like 10 of them and spread em around a big table.
I think it is a useless for music as it doesn't even multitask, people on the Iphone are still waiting for multitasking BTW. And what about that name eh?