The IPG Media Lab team weighs in on Apple’s release of the much anticipated iPad device.
Is the iPad a game changer?
Scott Susskind, IPG Lab CTO: I donâ€™t know if I would consider it a “game changer.”Â However, I do think it raises the bar.Â We saw several tablet devices this year at CES that leveraged the Google Android platform that have some similarities to the iPad. Â However, the iPad will quickly leapfrog the competition due to the maturity of the iPhone OS and breadth of the existing application ecosystem. The heavy lifting was already done. It allowed Apple to focus their efforts on smoothing out the user experience for this form-factor as well as developing special ports of business apps that make it an attractive device for the workplace.
That said, I think it will be a short-lived lead.Â As the Android App ecosystem matures, the marketplace will swell with a variety of Android-based devices Devices that will either compete directly with the iPad, or fill smaller, niche markets that would be too costly for Apple to support through multiple hardware versions. Â And since the content (and app) distribution model will likely be based on an open ecosystem, I would wager that the lion’s share of the market will be non-Apple inside of a few years. Continue reading “iPad: Game changer or iPod Touch for Boomers?”