Bill Gates remains unimpressed by the iPad

When Apple launched the iPad, its tablet computer, many people expected wondrous things. Many different rumors were spread, from supposed internal hardware specifications all the way up to it having a solar panel on the back (which a surprising amount of people fell for), which led to an enormous amount of hype. The rumors weren't the only thing against Apple, though: when they launched the iPhone a few years back, a lot of people swore by it. Many still do, and it has sold over 40 million devices across the world, despite AT&T's bad reputation in the US, and the fact that it is currently missing features such a multitasking. A lot of people expected this tablet device to live up to the reputation of that phone, which currently, it doesn't seem to be doing – in an interview with BNET, Bill Gates, former Microsoft CEO, stated that he isn't very impressed by Apple's latest offering.

Gates stated, "You know, I'm a big believer in touch and digital reading, but I still think that some mixture of voice, the pen and a real keyboard – in other words, a netbook – will be mainstream on that. So, it's not like I sit there and feel the same way I did with the iPhone where I say, 'Oh my God, Microsoft didn't aim high enough.' It's a nice reader, but there's nothing on the iPad I look at and say, 'Oh, I wish Microsoft had done it.'" Many have related the iPad to just being an "oversized iPod touch," which seems to be the viewpoint that Gates has, as at first glance, it doesn't offer much more than what Apple's other touchscreen mobile devices do. The debate for and against the iPad is an extensive and detailed one, which can't really see an end until the release at the end of March, though many believe that the iPhone OS event that usually hits mid-March will see some drastic changes to the operating system.

Gates is known to have considerable tolerance (unlike another certain CEO of the company) when it comes to Microsoft's main competitor, Apple, though he (like many others) doesn't feel that the iPad is as revolutionary as the Cupertino-based company claims it to be. So far, the group with the most enthusiasm is the developers, as the iPhone OS 3.2 adds some extremely nifty stuff that'll show up upon the iPad's release. Whether or not this'll take off is anyone's guess, though nobody can truly know until the device has actually been released.

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I am curious how many people would pay for the $30 a month unlimited and then another $30 dollars unlimited to a total of $60 a month just to have an IPHONE and also an IPAD? The no contract is just a gimmick as anyone who has ever bought their phone from ebay or unlocked or otherwise knows that you can go into the AT&T and get a non contract rate plan as long as you are not getting subsidized money from the phone vendor. When you are buying the IPAD you are buying it direct from Apple and then going to AT&T and just asking them to turn on the device. DUH! no contract should be a given at that point. You didn't get the product for less than retail so you should not be obligated to a contract!

If you have an IPHONE and then carrying the IPAD and you want to get directions for a place which one do you think you will whip out in a jiffy?

I can see many of these things getting stolen quickly because people will bring these to places where they wouldn't bring a netbook due to the "cool" factor. It's just the way it goes. I have said it before in previous posts as to the Apple and PC crowds at local coffee houses. The macbooks are used for surfing the internet and letting people know you think you are "hip". The PC's are working on excel sheets. I don't knock them for having it. I am just making an observation. The IPAD will be the next look at me device and it will get broken/dropped and stolen often in its first month of introduction. Who wants to make a bet with me on that one?

I don't care if it sells like hotcakes or not because it doesn't put an extra dime in my pocket. They might be first to market but they will not be the "MARKET" like the IPHONE's were.

King84v - getting a little ahead of ourselves aren't we? "Besides if I were Ipad, I would be proud to be recognized as one of the worlds best selling media players" - NEWSFLASH! They haven't sold any yet to get close to that claim.. Slow that train down a bit..

mrmomoman said,
I am curious how many people would pay for the $30 a month unlimited and then another $30 dollars unlimited to a total of $60 a month just to have an IPHONE and also an IPAD? The no contract is just a gimmick as anyone who has ever bought their phone from ebay or unlocked or otherwise knows that you can go into the AT&T and get a non contract rate plan as long as you are not getting subsidized money from the phone vendor. When you are buying the IPAD you are buying it direct from Apple and then going to AT&T and just asking them to turn on the device. DUH! no contract should be a given at that point. You didn't get the product for less than retail so you should not be obligated to a contract!

If you have an IPHONE and then carrying the IPAD and you want to get directions for a place which one do you think you will whip out in a jiffy?

I can see many of these things getting stolen quickly because people will bring these to places where they wouldn't bring a netbook due to the "cool" factor. It's just the way it goes. I have said it before in previous posts as to the Apple and PC crowds at local coffee houses. The macbooks are used for surfing the internet and letting people know you think you are "hip". The PC's are working on excel sheets. I don't knock them for having it. I am just making an observation. The IPAD will be the next look at me device and it will get broken/dropped and stolen often in its first month of introduction. Who wants to make a bet with me on that one?

I don't care if it sells like hotcakes or not because it doesn't put an extra dime in my pocket. They might be first to market but they will not be the "MARKET" like the IPHONE's were.

King84v - getting a little ahead of ourselves aren't we? "Besides if I were Ipad, I would be proud to be recognized as one of the worlds best selling media players" - NEWSFLASH! They haven't sold any yet to get close to that claim.. Slow that train down a bit..

Not Yet, and the train is in full steam sir. Jump on board. Plenty of space for you sir.

I find this surprising actually. Bill Gates was impressed iPhone and itunes, and many Apple products but not this one.

But when you think about it. It's too big to be anything, you can't have it in your pocket so why not have a PC instead?

Tpiom said,
I find this surprising actually. Bill Gates was impressed iPhone and itunes, and many Apple products but not this one.

But when you think about it. It's too big to be anything, you can't have it in your pocket so why not have a PC instead?

Just wait till the product hits the streets, all we are doing now is predicting.

I just want to play with an iPad or have one given to me :).

I think I'm going to stop speculating until I have had one in my hands and see what it is capable of.

"The debate for and against the iPad is an extensive and detailed one"

Uhhh no, it's not. A vast majority of people have already dismissed it. Only the Apple die-hards believe it's worth buying but even they acknowledge it's just an oversized edition of their existing gadgets.

TSO said,
World remains unimpressed by the iPad
Corrected.

lol, TSO remains unimpressed by the iPad, even though you have not tried it.

Serenity76 said,
"but there's nothing on the iPad I look at and say, 'Oh, I wish Microsoft had done it.'"

I can honestly say I can't recall ever thinking "Man, that's cool, but I wish Microsoft had done it", because if they had, whatever it was would have been turned into a tech-nerd wet dream that no normal person wants to use. Like every tablet up until now. Go figure.

I think what he really meant to say was "I don't see anything at this point that Microsoft could badly copy. Maybe in a few revisions"...

Indeed

The iPad is lame. It doesn't even have a USB port, and in 2010 that is insane. If this thing was made by Toshiba or some other company no one would even be talking about it and what few reviews it got would just laugh it off. When Apple releases something it's hyped up and expected to be the holy grail of whatever product line it is.

TRC said,
The iPad is lame. It doesn't even have a USB port, and in 2010 that is insane. If this thing was made by Toshiba or some other company no one would even be talking about it and what few reviews it got would just laugh it off. When Apple releases something it's hyped up and expected to be the holy grail of whatever product line it is.

Apple is the holy grail of tech, why do many companies look at Apple's products and design similar things for themselves for a better price? hmm

Guess the Microsoft Office division didn't get wind of 'ol Billy G's opinion, since Microsoft is considering bringing out a version of MS Office for the iPad.

Really...you guys want to put a lot of credit in a hardware opinion by a guy whos company has put out consoles that fail in record numbers, copycat media players that have been stillborn on arrival...hell, what else is there...didn't they have a hand in the abortion known as WebTV? A few failed networking products that were pulled from the market after being effectively abandoned and worthless? Oh, wait...they make great keyboards and mice.

The problem with the iPad is that it doesn't do anything new. I'm tired of people making incremental improvements in computers and charging tons of money for it. When is somebody going to drop the big game changing bomb?

There isn't anything new in this device, it's a big iPod Touch, and what use is that other then having desktop-class applications.

I happen to side with good ol' Bill on this one, there isn't anything revolutionary about it.

bottom line is really, tablet PC's have been around for years, XP has tablet PC support. What makes the iPad any different? In fact its worse, you dont even get a proper operating system on it! Just a gloryfied iPod Touch OS. :(

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