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What’s Missing From Apple’s iPad

by Sean P. Aune | January 27, 2010January 27, 2010 3:45 pm PST

The dust has settled, and now we can finally start clearing out some of those rumors that have been floating around endlessly about what the long-rumored iPad can and can not do.

There is no doubt that the iPad is an impressive piece of equipment.  No matter what you say about it, it will still sell like ice water in Hades, but there are still some glaring things missing from the device that make you wonder if we’ve seen the last of the announcements in regards to this device.

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Adobe Flash

The thorn in the side of iPhone and iPod Touch users seems to still be missing. During the presentation, Apple CEO Steve Jobs visited at least one Web page that showed the icon for a Flash plugin being missing. If you know anything about Mr. Jobs, he does not make mistakes, and my guess is he did this on purpose. Obviously something is not right between Apple and Adobe, and that was a subtle hint to everyone we still aren’t getting Flash on this device.

What’s causing the hold up? Your guess is as good as mine, but there is obviously something going on behind the scenes we don’t know about.

Camera

Apparently you can purchase a separate camera kit to attach a USB camera to the iPad, but the lack of a built-in one that is at least forward facing for video conferencing seems a bit odd.  Not having one on the back makes a bit more sense because it would be awkward to try to hold this thing up and take a picture with it.

Multi-Tasking

Still only going to be one app at a time, folks.  Why Apple refuses to allow background apps is beyond me, but that’s the way it is I’m afraid.

SMS Text Messaging

It has Wi-Fi, and some models will have 3G connectivity, so why no SMS app?  Sure you can SMS through some other applications, but why is it lacking the native app of the iPhone?

It Doesn’t Clean The Dishes

Lets face it, none of these are deal breakers, and it is still going to sell a bajillion units, but they are features that would have been nice to have.  Possibly in future updates to the device?


Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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