I wonder… will it?

There is a lot of talk around this new form factor but I get the distinct feeling that Apple has just jumped the shark. The morphing and amalgamation of device functionality has been interesting to watch over the last five years. Phones that take photos. Cameras that take video. MP3 players that play games. Smartphones that do it all. Netbooks, laptops and notebooks. Small form factor PCs, desktops and servers. The bands have gotten steadily more fuzzy and I personally think we’re just about hitting the ceiling as far as granularity goes.

Netbooks were the blip they were because they fit nicely between laptops and smartphones. The spaces between device types have been filled with the plethora of “new” devices that are essentially the bastard children of existing devices. Or smaller versions of existing technology. Or larger versions…

So basically, I believe we’re at a point where the average consumer and prosumer is saying “so what?”. Apple fans will no doubt do what Apple fans will always do on release of the iPad: form queues to be first to own the new thing that Apple has hyped for previous six months. The rest of just won’t care – at least as much. The iPod was/is awesome. The iPhone too even though I prefer Android (even at this early stage). Game changers and all that. The iPad? I’m not sure I could even guess what game it didn’t change. As a piece of technology it’s an interesting form factor, but outside that it’s not going to do anything that would warrant me paying money for it… yet…

A friend posted yesterday on Facebook saying the iPad “will change your life”. I really really worry that someone could have a life so empty that something like an iPad could have such a dramatic effect…