(First posted on Just One Cynic's Opinion.Blogspot on Sep. 25, '09, this 'futurist' prediction from Apple really belongs here on my business insights blog now that the iPad's been launched.)
Gotta love the Fast Company article by Kit Eaton that gave me the video link and points out that Apple will likely blow Microsoft's new "Courier" PDA out of the water whenever they finally release it. The following is a precursor to my newer post about how Apple, with the business model behind the iPad, has effectively launched "Web 3.0", full control (or full profit, as in the days of 'Ma Bell') of the FLOW of content/data: "iPad: It's the CHANNEL, Stupid!"
"These devices will play video and music and, of course, display text; they will let you navigate by touching your fingers to the screen; and—this is most important—they will be connected to the Internet at all times. For those of us who carry iPhones, this shift to a persistent Internet has already happened, and it's really profound. The Internet is no longer a destination, someplace you "go to." You don't "get on the Internet." You're always on it. It's just there, like the air you breathe. This device is also your TV, your stereo, and probably your telephone too."