Have you seen Apple's new iPad? It was just announced today, with all of the usual Steve Jobs hoopla. Looks like an iPhone on steroids. Some of the functionality you can see in videos online is pretty awesome — like pages flipping when you read an ebook, for instance.
For all it's inherent Appleness, however, the question hovers: "Do I need this thing?" Of course, three years ago I didn't "need" my iPhone. 26 years ago, I didn't "need" my first Macintosh computer. Now, of course, I can't imagine getting through the day very well without them. (Of course, I didn't "need" Apple's failed foray into the PDA world, the Newton, and neither did a lot of other people...)
So only time will tell if the iPad is a "must have" of great social and business import. It will help to see the thing up close and personal. Even maybe get my mitts on one. Even better would be Apple's realizing how useful it would be to have a certain cantankerous author seen toting one around from coffee shop to coffee shop in high visibility style.
I would do that for you, Steve. Really, I would.
I'll be waiting by my iPhone for the call.
— Marc Hershon