SHORTCOMINGS IN APPLE IPAD
After three years Apple is back to what it is known to be
best at - launch new product. The computing giant
launched iPad, a sleek table that aims to revolutionise the
publishing business the same way as Apple iPod
transformed the music industry and iPhone transformed
the telecom industry.
But can iPad really do what iPod and iPhone could in their respective
domains? While there are many who are going gaga over Apple's new
launch and see it as a disruptive technology. There are others who are
cautious and apprehensive.
The critics are lamenting the absence of some features which they feel are
basic for any product of iPad's category. So what is it that is missing from
Apple's big launch? Read on to find out:
Lack of camera
One big miss in Apple iPad is camera. Lack of camera seems
disappointing especially since the device is said to be
somewhere between a smart phone and laptop and in today's
smart phones presence of camera seems almost default.
Lack of camera means there is no option to video chat or videoconferencing.
No SD card support
With iPad coming in 16, 32 and 64 GB versions, storage seems
big. Extra storage is always welcome and with no SD card
support that option is not available.
No Adobe Flash support
Another big miss is absence of Flash support. With a screen as big
as 9.7 inches, Flash support is surely to be missed. As surfing the
Web without Flash is not same. The `big, empty video boxes in
the middle of a page' that will appear are sure to disappoint.
People won't be able to access miniclip, play farmville, watch
In iPhone 3GS too when users browse through Web pages with Adobe
Flash, it displays empty spaces with missing icons.
Lack of multitasking with applications.
Multitasking seems to becoming a computing norm, with even
mobile OSes offering it. However, there is no multitasking option in
iPad's OS. This means for example users can't listen to FM while
they surf the Web, or switch back and forth between Facebook and
Twitter, or write an email while talking on a VOIP call.
Analysts feel that a 4:3 aspect ratio may be just perfect for
using iPhone apps in full screen mode. However, a similar
aspect ratio may not be as good for media. Especially since
the digital world is rapidly moving to widescreen formats.
Digital ink and paper
Being touted as a 'Kindle killer' by many, Apple iPad is not
exactly that. For, Apple iPad lacks the advantages of a digital
ink and paper which are considered to be integral parts of an
No HDMI Out
There is no facility for HDMI output in iPad. This means
users will not be able to view HD videos on a large TV
screen even if they have downloaded the same from
Need of Adapters
The design may seem just seamless. But, you may find it
too seamless when you will figure out the number of
adapters you would require with it. Apple iPad has no USB
ports reportedly. So, whatever you want to use with it
camera, printer or even a USB, you would need an adapter
Can't 'download' Apps
In ipad one can download applications only from Apple's
AppStore. iPad doesn't allow users to download any apps
other than from the App Store!