There's plenty of fans of either persuasion here, scgf. I have a particular dislike for false advertising and shoddy build quality, and from a hardware engineers POV Apple encapsulate both of those entirely. If I'm going to mash something with a screwdriver in a rage, I want it to either work or be cheaply repairable afterwards ;)
This is all before you try to get your head around locking down 100 of these school supplied devices with proper network settings and backups of pupil files etc as iPhones are not the easiest of things to move files around from. Remember most apps cant access other apps data on the iPhone.
When its balanced out I can only see a lot more negatives for supplying these in schools then the benefits. More upkeep/management time, more hassle and less functional over netbooks/tablets/laptops. Also I wouldnt want to do long usage without the keyboard accessory as RSI would call I bet...
Apple could though unrestrict the app store but somehow I doubt it.
I would be using it myself. There is no way i would voluntarily use Windows - I hate it. Shoddy, klunky mess that it is. Currently I use my own MacBook Air at school because I won't accept a school-provided laptop, so the iPad would do what I need perfectly.
Ooh - just down the road from me apparently.... http://www.myviliv.com/eng/wheretobuy/wheretobuy.asp
Orders must be placed in non sequential bills and in plain manilla envelopes :D
Your right, there is lots to it to keep it working, as there is in an OSX environment when you have to run 100's of PC's. If you were in a OSX school environment, you would find you had no more power over the machine than on a Windows machine. It's called Security Management.
Personally, the management tools for Windows environments are more mature and you have more options - whilst both OSX and Windows have their good points, Macs and OSX are not main stream because of this.
Security by obscurity (and decisions by market share) is why OSX has less viruses written for it, Plus from experience it's the generally more tech Savvy (although not so much recently) that use them.
If you were a criminal, would you write a virus to steal data from machines owned by
a) the majority.
b) a minority.
I like quite a few Apple products, the iPod and iPhone were revolutionary (And i have one of almost every generation), I just think (from reading around) that everyone seems a little underwheled by this.
I would have thought strongly about buying one if it was more full osx to iphone distro and paid a little more. They could still have the custom app builds (aka ipad iworks etc) but the ability to run other full osx stuff like you do currently on your air, now that would have been a killer product imo.
Imagine Air with a touch, roatating display to turn it into tablet mode with access to iPad apps... ooooh
This was actually the first apple product ive ever been excited for... ill know better next time :(
Well, I've been waiting a while for this to surface (see what I did there!), but the sad fact is that is too large. I was hoping for a 7" device about the size of the Sony ebook reader we had on the stand at BETT. That would have made a great travelling companion as it fits very nicely into the inside pocket of my jacket. Even my Acer One is smaller than the iPad. I was hoping for something I could browse the web, quickly do my email on and have some multi-media features, but it is simply not transportable.
Time to invest in a Lenovo X series device I think, and if anyone saw Rics at BETT you will know just how small and nice they are. Sorry Apple, but I think you missed a trick here.