Sunday, January 15, 2012

Adopt the Right iPad Mindset - ADOPT THE PIONEERING SPIRIT

Apple would like the gadget-buying public to believe the iPad is a magical device that will forever change the way people interact with digital media, the Internet, and each other. It’s not merely a big iPod, a keyboard-less laptop, or a tablet computer that just happens to be running iOS instead of the Windows, Linux, or Android operating systems. It is, in fact, an entirely new category of device that will break old paradigms and spawn new ones.

And you know what? Apple may turn out to be right about all that. Years from now we may all look back on the introduction of the iPad as the moment the world changed. But if that happens, it won’t be because of a chunk of aluminum, glass, plastic, and silicon. It will be because of the clever apps developers came up with, the novel uses iPad owners discovered for their devices, and the ways in which those two factors influenced the development of hardware and software— including future generations of the iPad, competing products, and spin-offs from Apple and other manufacturers.

My point is this. Even though Apple has sold millions of iPads and developers have shipped tens of thousands of iPad apps, this platform is still in its infancy—and you, as an early iPad owner, are a pioneer, a trailblazer. You are among the people who will figure out what the iPad is best for, and who will create the demand for new and improved apps, accessories, and iPad models. What you do will help determine what the iPad is, and what it becomes.

As a pioneer, you should not expect that the solution to every problem will be neatly packaged and readily available. Everyone—Apple, app developers, other iPad users, and writers—is still figuring this stuff out, just like you. I’ll share with you what I’ve discovered so far, of course, but I don’t pretend to offer definitive solutions.

Instead, I encourage you to think of using the iPad, especially for work, as an adventure. It’s like going camping—you’re not entering entirely uncharted territory, but neither will you have all the conveniences of home or the familiarity of your normal surroundings.

Be prepared to improvise, and to embrace odd solutions. You’re on the cutting edge, and with all the excitement and advantages of that comes some uncertainty. Go with the flow. You may have to employ some unusual workarounds to do what you want to do right now, but in the future, almost everything about the iPad will get better. And in the meantime, you’ll still be more productive than your coworkers, and the envy of your iPad-less friends!

Source of Information : TidBITS-Take Control of Working with Your iPad 2011
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