Apple launched their latest Juggernaut yesterday (27/01/10) as I'm sure you are all aware. Now the question on everybody's lips is who will buy one? Will I buy one? Not sure.
In my role as Assistant Sound Editor at Soundelux London, I have a number of roles. I have spent the last 2 years trying to come up with innovative and business useful ways, in order that I could stop paying for it myself and have it supplied by the company. Well good news is I'm almost there with that, but I'm so used to paying for it myself now that I wouldn't change. Why the ramble about it? Well the apps that I've come to love and require on a day to day basis are all compatible with the iPad.
What are these applications?
Mail - Obviously very important in todays world. Majority of my communication is conducted over email in some form or another and therefore requires access all day, every day.
Omnifocus - Get Things Done I use this for everything from my shopping list to dealing with turnovers from the picture department. Maybe not in the traditional GTD format in all it's glory but to some degree. Omnifocus for iphone has Location matching ability too which is great and I use frequently.
Bento - Databasing. LFOa lists come from the picture department and I use Bento to track those. Along with Conform lists and the changes within a reel as required.
Yammer - Corporate Twitter. Being on Mix stages, ADR Stages, Away from the office etc etc means that keeping up to date with goings on at the office can be difficult. We use Yammer to inform our colleagues of happenings on projects (hashtagging) and job assignments (@username). The client for iphone is superb. It has push capability and is a clone of the mac version in its entirety. Invaluable.
iPad fulfilled? : I'm not sure that it would add anything to the experience. The only thing that would make it more valuable on the iPad than on the iPhone was f it were possible to attach files (not just photos) like you can on the Mac client.
iPad fulfilled? : Yes, would also have the advantage that when I make a mistake everyone in the room can read it not just me ;)
I really want to like the iPad as a concept. It's a beautiful design but I just don't think that we have a market for it. It's too big to be pocketable. It's doesn't have the ports that a laptop has; as much as Apple seem to want to deny it there is still a place for external hard drives, memory sticks etc.
While it would be great for collaboration on some levels it would be a nightmare on many others. The apps that I use everyday while they may work and even gain more function in heir iPad versions would be let down by the fact that due to it's middle size, I just wouldn't carry it.
As I said I really like the idea, but it's just not for me. For us.