Will the iPad Change the World?
Probably not. But the buzz surrounding the iPad continues and the true potential of Apple's tablet remains to be seen. The Board of Directors weighs in.
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Across the media, publishing, and technology worlds -- and elsewhere -- speculation continues over just how big the iPad will be. Will it replace the laptop? Does it represent new opportunity for entrepreneurs? Can we live without keyboards? And do we have any incentive to get off the couch anymore? We asked the AOL Small Business Board of Directors for their take on the most talked-about tablet since the Ten Commandments.
Founder and CEO, Greenleaf Book Group
"It's a cool tool. I'm really excited for a more robust version to come out, with camera, voice, Flash, etc. It will have a huge effect on those of us in publishing, and we're excited about it. Look for it to change sales techniques for most industries."
Vice President, Astia
"When the iPhone grows up, it aspires to be the iPad. For the keyboard-obsessed and touchpad/mouse-addicted, Apple's multifunctional tablet marries tactile urges with technological efficiency. But it's a matter of taste as to whether its a stylish fun luxury or work-style necessity... yet."
Co-Founder and CEO, Brooklyn Industries
"I would like to see the iPad get rid of the cash register in our stores. The cash wrap, as we call it, takes up too much space and is really redundant. What if we could just have iPads that could accept payment, plus show our customer images, collections, and the website? It could be a walking checkout/advertising/interactive center that could roam with the customer."
Founder, The Relentless Foundation and New York Entrepreneur Week
"Although the iPad will spark a streak of innovation in the tablet/PC market, in the aggregate, I don't believe it will impact my business in a positive way. I believe it will become a tool that folks leverage for fun more than its actual intent -- addressing serious business."
Columnist and Author of The Small Business Bible
"I love my iPhone, but I don't get the iPad. My guess is that it becomes viable, but not wildly popular like the iPod or iPhone."