It seems as though Dr. Anderson's critique of the ipad as a consumer product is confirmed.
"And the techies are right about another thing: the iPad is not a laptop. It’s not nearly as good for creating stuff. On the other hand, it’s infinitely more convenient for consuming it — books, music, video, photos, Web, e-mail and so on. For most people, manipulating these digital materials directly by touching them is a completely new experience — and a deeply satisfying one."
David Pogue, New York Times
(He is a hilarious and awesome tech writer.)
Open Source as seen in the Apple App Store
The most powerful form of open source development most visible in our cultural landscape today originated in one of the most secretive, tight-lipped companies on the planet. Often in the area of technology secrecy is essential for success, but with the Apple app store this idea is being redefined. Apple opened up its source code for the iphone/ipod touch (and now ipad) allowing any individual on the planet to develop, publish, and possibly make profit on their creations. This change in company dynamics has allowed apple to foregos a need to constantly come out with new software, but focus on hardware. This handover has allowed developers to take control and develop innovative programs for any aspect of life. The result is 140,000 applications and 3 billion downloads. They have been able to draw out those truly innovative at home developers and highlight their accomplishments.