I know I was a little hesitant about the iPad upon its initial announcement, but given all the apps released on launch day (today), I’m starting to think I will pick one up when it arrives in Canada. Hopefully that will be in a few week’s time from now. It’s very clear that this device is going to be the ultimate e-reader, but it’s also looking like Apple is going to position the device as one heck of a portable gaming device. The games already announced for the thing looks quite promising, with many more coming.
iPad has a few issues like the lack of true multi-tasking, no camera for video conferencing, among others. The good news is that Apple is hard at work on iPhone OS update 4.0, which will allow for third party apps to run concurrently with one another. So that should fix one of my biggest problems with the device. As for the hardware limitations, well that’s where a second generation model comes into play.
I’ve already heard from several third parties asking if we plan to pick up the device, because they want to issue us iTunes codes so we can get our hands on several high profile launch games. Once the device hits Canada later this month, there’s a very good chance I will pick one of these up just so we can start reviewing more games for the Apple platform. I strongly believe that Apple is here to stay in the gaming business, so it’s about time we jump onboard their bandwagon as well.