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14 Problems with Apple's iPad Leading to Failure | Inferno Development

14 Problems with Apple's iPad Leading to Failure

Apple iPad Tablet PC

Apple just revealed the new Apple iPad Tablet that will probably make it one of the first failures by Apple's latest line of products. Apple revealed this new Tablet PC as a challenger to netbooks. However, it's already been labeled a "less powerful, but more expensive netbook." Here are 10 problems that made this Apple iPad an iDisappointment.

#1 No Multitasking

The Apple iPad is just like the iPhone, in that there is no multitasking. You can't work on a document and talk on AIM or Gtalk. In other words, the iPad just a giant iPod Touch (the iPod Touch being better) and cannot match netbooks.

#2 It Has an Awkward Design

The design is a bit awkward because you have to hold it in one hand and balance it while your other hand uses the functionality or more likely you will need to put it on your knees to use it properly. It's like holding a monitor, I'm sure nothing will happen to it.

Some people complain about the Bezel being too large, but perhaps this was necessary so that you don't constantly give commands while moving around.

#3 No Adobe Flash

Were you considering watching Hulu on this? How about youtube (well we'll have to wait for an app for that)? Thinking of playing flash games while waiting on the bus? Oh well.

#4 No USB, Need Adapters

Again with the iPod design, you need to plug in the special Apple adapter. If you lose it, you'll have to buy another. If you want to plug in multiple devices you need USB to iPad adapters! Since it's not even using Mac OS, most USB devices would probably not work anyway.

#5 AT&T Once Again

Are you thinking of purchasing the 3G version? You'll need to get it with AT&T and think of how overloaded their service will be now. There is no Verizon, T-Mobile, or Sprint service available for this product, some of which has better coverage. You can't use T-Mobile's 3G at all because of their MicroSIM made specifically for AT&T.

Apple Tablet iPad Prices

#6 Memory Business Model

Apple will charge you extra for higher memory. It's a business model they use for all their products to increase profits. That's why they don't want other storage devices being inserted to improve memory. You're also stuck with a limit of 64GB, so don't think about putting in all your music, movies, or games.

Apple Tablet iPad Keyboard

#7 Touch Keyboard

Many people were complaining about the touchscreen keyboard. Which would be fine if it worked perfectly and you didn't have to sit it exactly on your lap and make sure it's flat. You can however, attach an Apple keyboard, just another way for Apple to make money.

#8 App Store Again

Just like the iPod Touch you have to download everything from an App store. Meaning if you don't like Safari, you're stuck with it. Some apps may be banned once again.

#9 No Cameras

Yeah no web cams on the front, and no cameras for photos or videos from the back either.

#10 No Removable Battery

You can't just take an extra battery with you on a long trip because the battery works the same way as an iPod (though my bet is, it doesn't last as long).

#11 No HDMI/DVI Output

You can't plug this thing into your TV to display your HD movies. You'd need AppleTV for that.

#12 No Widescreen

16:9 ain't happening, you're stuck with a 4:3 screen.

#13 No GPS

There's no GPS, so --unlike the T-Mobile MyTouch or the Verizon Droid which both run on Android, can multitask and have GPS so that you can use the Beta Google Maps Navigation system for turn-by-turn directions-- you're stuck with locating yourself via WiFi hotspots.

#14 It's Large, Slow, and Clunky

Not only will you have to buy accessories to protect your device, it's very large making it easy to drop and probably won't live a healthy life in a backpack filled with notebooks and other possibly sharp objects. There may be a number of accessories sold by Apple to cover some of these problems.

The iPad max speed is 1GHz (A4 processor) and will probably be just as slow surfing the web as most other smartphones and it won't match up to netbooks. There is no Mac OS X or anything either, it's definitely the iPhone OS except without the Phone capability and of course I'm sure they will ban Google Voice and Skype.

The iPad is about the size of a Kindle, so it is nice for reading e-books I suppose, but then I'm not sure why I wouldn't just buy a Kindle.

As with all companies that initially have much success, they get a little overconfident and launch a product just to create more hype and increase their stock prices.

I think netbooks are here to stay and the iPad will be a bit of an iFail.

Update: Some Apple fans are constantly defending the Apple iPad by comparing it's features to the iPhone. Please stop. The Apple iPad is advertised and hyped as a netbook killer or a tablet PC, yet it doesn't even have a pen so it's not a tablet PC, and it can't perform as well as a netbook so it's not that either. The arguments I presented in this article are reasons why it can't compete with smartphones, Tablet PCs, or netbooks and is therefore a product which consumers will not purchase.

GeorgeZ's picture


WHAT? AT&T AGAIN? This is really starting to piss me off and I love Apple products.

roger98's picture

Ah I was waiting to learn

Ah I was waiting to learn more about this, but now I think I will definitely buy that Netbook I been eyeing.

Ezequiel's picture

At least in the iPod Touch,

At least in the iPod Touch, you can browse and hear music, so bad example.

But I agree with the rest.

Anonymous's picture

The battery is 10 hours i

The battery is 10 hours i heard. This thing is perfect for some people like my mum who just uses email, internet, music. Its not supposed to be a direct replacement for laptops and desktops either. Still I would have thought flash would be working on it if they want it to be a success.

Baran Ornarli's picture

There's also an interesting

There's also an interesting debate going on right over here:

Zita's picture

Well, well, well...

Well, well, well...

Anonymous's picture

you are absolutely right! I

you are absolutely right!
I am just thinking the exactly ways!!
Ipad is such a failure!!
I hope no one wasting their money on it!

Anonymous's picture

The iPad Sucks.

The iPad Sucks.

Brad's picture

You are assuming it is

You are assuming it is slow... and have never actually used the device. All people that have actually used it say one thing about it... it is amazingly fast.

and some of your other points given is the same things people say that will make the iPhone fail. I do not think the iPhone is failing..

try again...

Anonymous's picture

1) It's not a full fledged

1) It's not a full fledged computer so who cares? Netbooks when running multiple apps are pretty damn slow
2) Show me any tablet form that isn't awkward.
3) Who cares? Flash is only really important if you want to watch Hulu. Youtube? HTML5 buddy
4) It's a TABLET. Not a laptop of a desktop system. It's not designed to have a bunch of things plugged into it.
5) Other carriers use GSM and the iPad is compatible with them as well. Just different price structure with AT&T. It would be nice if it did CDMA, but considering Verizon is looking at GSM for 4G networks for the future...
6) Um...any company charges you more for more storage space. I fail to see why this is such a shocker
7) You have a tablet setup and you want a keyboard as well? Isn't the point of a tablet to get away from a keyboard? They do have one as an option if you want to stick it on your desk though ;)
8) App store is hit or miss depending on what you want. Can't disagree with you on this one
9) Maybe I'm in the minority, but I don't use the camera on my iPhone and taking pictures with a 10" tablet seems pretty ridiculous to me
10) I don't see this as an issue. Yes, an extra one for long trips would be great but you'll be able to purchase an external unit just like the iPhone.
11) Again, this is not a computer or a DVR type unit. This is to fill a gap between a phone sized device and a laptop
12) I sort of see this as an issue if it was a fixed landscape unit, but since it rotates just like the iPhone and iPod Touch 16:9 would be pretty silly looking
13) So what? If you're seriously thinking about using this to walk around a city or drive in your car you should not be allowed out in public
14) I didn't realize you were an expert on the A4 processor! Please enlighten us how it compares to an Intel mobile chipset since your'e in the know? Also, considering it's designed to not run a million apps at once processing speed isn't nearly as important as you make it sound like it needs to be. Something tells me it'll play full video without issue, let me type a document and surf the web pretty easily with it's clunky speed. As for it being clunky? It's a better size than any other tablet I've ever seen released.

Joey's picture

@Brad and @Anonymous it is

@Brad and @Anonymous it is slow, the A4 processor is less powerful than Intel Atom processors that are on most notebooks. This is why Apple didn't make it multitasking because it cannot handle it. DUH....

Stop using the same lame argument "same arguments can be applied to iPhone, but iPhone succeeded" --- because that's not what the iPad is competing to be,---it's competing to be a damn netbook not a damn smartphone!!!

Hub422z's picture

Hey anonymous, 1) Netbooks

Hey anonymous,

1) Netbooks are not slow when running multiple apps, they are great. Apple iPad can't do multitasking so why are you even talking???
2) Tablet PCs are not awkward I own a Fujitsu tablet PC, it's nice, it's small, and it does do what it's suppose to: become a tablet with a nice pen too so I can draw!!!
3) Hulu is only one of the websites that use flash. What about flash games? What about megavideo? What about dailymotion? Everyone laughed at Apple during the live presentation when there was a big question mark for a spot where there was flash!!!

4) It doesn't have a pen, so how does it do everything a Tablet PC does? It can't multitask so it can't compete with netbooks. It doesn't have phone capabilities so it can't compete with smart phones... What's the point of buying this??????? Fanboy!!!

5) AT&T is all I gotta say...
6) Yeah, for smartphones, not for a damn computer advertised as a netbook killer...

7) A lack of thinking by Apple, keyboards are an essential part of any computer device, and some people don't like the touchscreen keyboards. Those that do, will still find it troubling cuz you gotta set it on your knees to type.

9) No webcam? No camera pictures? Look at netbooks, many have built-in webcams. Again it's another EXAMPLE why APPLE IPAD CANNOT compete with NETBOOKS! I don't care what you do with your iPhone damn...

10) Yes you may not see an issue, but someone else might.

11) If it's not a computer, then it doesn't rival netbooks, and therefore, there's no point to buy it, unless you're a dumb gullible Apple fanboy or you got bored of the small screen on your ipod touch...

12) Some will see it as an issue though.
13) Another example of why it can't compete with mobile phone devices, and so why should I buy this product??
14) How do you know he isn't an expert? For all you know, he might be a hardware engineer working for intel. Look at all the technical articles in this website then think again... A4 processor is slower than an Intel Atom, I assure you it's not gonna be as fast. This is why it doesn't have multitasking and other features, cuz they take up CPU power.

Mike_'s picture

I don't see the point of

I don't see the point of buying this. Why would you want this instead of a laptop? Laptops are really cheap these days... and can do millions of times more things than these ipads can.
You can't fit an laptop in your pocket, that's why an itouch... as limited as it may be... is possible. And why i have one ;D

But you can't take this thing anywhere you can't take a laptop. Plus a laptop has the added benefit of closing so the screen won't be scratched, a keyboard, usb ports (wireless internet anywhere), flash... etc.

There is absolutely no advantage with this over a touch screen laptop. If you search google shopping, you can find a touch screen laptop on the first page that is cheaper than this tablet.

Mike_'s picture

also, for you who are

also, for you who are complaining about how nobody is complaining about the iphone:
Shouldn't we be annoyed that the item in your pocket does nothing more than a table-top device?

Anonymous's picture

trying to scam people again

trying to scam people again with their china manufacture crop good for them that they failed on this one,instead of giving jobs locally they produce in china and try to shove to the american buyer what a greedy fuckers

Auswar3ft's picture

I read somewhere (I guess on

I read somewhere (I guess on CNET or gamespot) that it is actually unlocked unlike the iphone. so you can go with the AT&T option or stick anything else into it. and overall I like my ipod touch and might get a 16GB ipad just to read books. also, I think browsing browsing would be more comfortable with it than with a PC and much smoother than using safari on the itouch.

Charlie's picture

3G version has GPS and Skype

3G version has GPS and Skype must run.

Since Skype for iPhone has not banned, it should work in iPad.
If somebody has $500 for eBook, do you surely believe that he is going to buy Kindle?
Most of your points are good. But, highly biased too.

Minitor's picture

It's nice to know that you

It's nice to know that you can spend $500 on an iFail JUST to read books. And just HOW do you think surfing will be smoother than using Safari on the iTouch? What do you base that on?thus really would gave been an awesome product THREE YEARS AGO. But the fanboys will flock, and rise will the stock, and we'll get what we really want by the 4th generation.

I really like most Apple products, but personally I hope it fails. Apple needs to get the SMUG slapped off their faces, to remember what it feels like to make a monumental failure again. Newton anyone?

Anonymous's picture

All of you Apple fans keep

All of you Apple fans keep saying none of the things it is missing matter...yet several other companies will be announcing their Tablet PC's shortly and will have none of these shortcomings. So why back it up just because you don't care if it doesn't have it? Other companies WILL have a webcam, WILL multi-task, WILL have 3g/WiFi on one model, WILL have expandable/removable memory, will be able to connect directly to your pc through usb, and WILL have a replaceable battery. So, am I not supposed to be happy about those things? Because according to you none of them matter even though they SHOULD be there. You say every company uses memory caps as a business model...not true. My Droid has removable memory, meaning I don't need to delete stuff when I fill it up. Go F*** yourself Apple. They are the monopoly microsoft was back when they got in trouble, which is why I left MS for Apple but now have to reverse once again.

-hh's picture

Another technogeek

Another technogeek 'checklist'.


#1: My Blackberry can't do this either. Obviously, this must be so profound that it dooms RIM.

#2: Tablet form factors are more than a decade old. Please cite the post where you complained about this back in 1999. I'll wait.

#3: Precisely how does one interact with a Flash 'mouse-over' on ANYONE'S touchscreen? How is it better to have fancy Flash garbage running that eats power while you can't interact with it?

#4: Ever heard of WiFi?

#5: See #4. Verizon's "hot spot" cellphone can do the rest.

#6: Speculative, uninformed second-guessing. With wireless, there's far less reason to have to pull physical media.

#7: You have both options, yet you still complain.

#8: The general public is voting with their wallet: they simply don't care.

#9: Room for feature growth in the next version.

#10: How can I put real money down on your lame "bet" offer? It also sounds like you've never taken a trans-Atlantic flight to realize that the number of hours that you can sit & stare at ANY screen is finite ... and its invariably well under 10 hours.

#11: For some customers, that's a feature. Afterall, the idea of this device is for it to be used for when you're not also carrying a 40" TV set. If you want to lug along a VCR, then lug along a $39 VCR :-)

#12: As if you'll die if there's some black bars top/bottom. Just goes to show everyone how utterly spoiled your generation is...if it came on a silver platter, you would whine that it needs polishing to prevent tarnish.

#13: Merely more feature growth opportunities. You probably haven't noticed that iPhoto already has Geo-location capabilities built in. Apple simply needs to get the base sales rates established so as to better gage expenses - - otherwise, adding every bell & whistle will turn it into a $500,000 Homermobile because there won't be a base to spread costs over.

#14: Let's just wait for real world performance benchmarks. In the meantime, you can publish some numbers that articulate your "slow" claim with something that can be quantitatively tested after it ships. Ditto for an exact number of units sold that defines success/failure. Show all work.

Anonymous's picture

Why doesn't everyone just get

Why doesn't everyone just get an iPhone, any model? It can do everything this piece of junk can plus more, and it fits in your pocket. This is just an obese iPod Touch. Even an iPod Touch surpasses this. Steve Jobs, I am disappointed. I have a MacBook Pro, MacBook, 27" iMac, 24" iMac, iPod Nano 4g and 5g, iPod Touch 2g, and I use an iPhone 3GS, I've had all the previous models, too. But I'm definitely not buying this waste of time.

Anonymous's picture

Apple Corporate

Apple Corporate Strategy

Phase 1.

1. Hyped up our products using our vast marketing skills and financial resource to sell these to early adopters. Potential revenue 600-800 million. Sell our Ipads by offering pre-sale to the mass before other competitors sell their products therefore locking in Potential revenue.

Phase 2.
Adding buit-in camera and usb port to Ipad should pulled in more sales from existing and new customers. We call this Ipad II. Spent more money arousing customers of our newly improve Ipad II. Potential Revenue. 800 million to 1.5 billion dollars.

JustMe's picture

So much wrong. 1. It has

So much wrong.

1. It has limited multitasking and you can instant message while working on a document, just like on an iPhone.
2. It hasn't shipped, how can anyone say how easy it is to hold and use?
3. It comes with a YouTube app! Hulu is working on an app too
4. It comes with a USB cable
5. It's unlocked and MicroSIMs are not AT&T only
6. Everyone charges for more memory
7. Any Bluetooth keyboard works
8. Microsoft is doing the same thing with a single apps store.
9. Who is going to hold up a 10" tablet to take a photo?
10. Most people won't ever buy a second battery anyway
11. There's TV and VGA out.
12. 4:3 is better for books and apps. The iPad isn't just for video.
13. There is a GPS.
14. It's over twice as fast as an iPhone and nobody thinks that is slow

JustMe's picture

"It's nice to know that you

"It's nice to know that you can spend $500 on an iFail JUST to read books. "

Kindle DX is $489, only $10 less than an iPad.

JustMe's picture

"All of you Apple fans keep

"All of you Apple fans keep saying none of the things it is missing matter...yet several other companies will be announcing their Tablet PC's shortly and will have none of these shortcomings."

How do you know what shortcomings they will have if they haven't been announced yet?

"So why back it up just because you don't care if it doesn't have it? Other companies WILL have a webcam, WILL multi-task, WILL have 3g/WiFi on one model, WILL have expandable/removable memory, will be able to connect directly to your pc through usb, and WILL have a replaceable battery."

The iPad DOES multitask (although it's limited), it DOES have 3G/WiFi on one model and DOES connect to a PC through USB (it even includes the cable in the box). The battery is rated for 5 years, so people will probably be replacing the iPad before they replace the battery.

Anonymous's picture

Wow it is perfect for that

Wow it is perfect for that stuff. It only costs 3 times as much as a netbook and does everything worse!

That touch screen must really be a deal breaker for her.

Steve jobs has cancer lol's picture

I hate apple products.

I hate apple products. Fanboys love to tout all the things they do and how great their products are, but in class when we do finals (which are online in the classroom with our laptops), the mac users ALWAYS have issues. My $500 dell understands more formats and works with more software than an $1800 macbook "pro". The ipad is a joke. it's a repackaged ipod touch. That's it. Nothing more. Not a damn thing different. And apple is repackaging a product a lot of people already have, knowing that the stupid fanboys will literally buy ANYTHING apple makes, whether or not it's already been out for years. Apple sucks. I can't wait for steve jobs to have a resurgence of his cancer. Once he's gone, so is the totalitarian pro-DRM oppressor known as apple.

Anonymous's picture

i really want to see your mum

i really want to see your mum sending an email on a WiFi spot man... she will scream at the Ishit as the WiFi hardware is terrible...in addition it tends to overheat and shut down by it self...do your own research man... seriously...

Anonymous's picture

Oh, so you'll like to pay

Oh, so you'll like to pay $1,400 so it can have a camera? Smart investment, and it only takes 3 years of waiting. That caps lock is AWESOME, by the way. I mean, it's not like in 2 weeks the ipad 3g will come out with wifi+3g, right? Everyone hates the shortcomings, right? Well, besides the 400,000+ current people who've bought ipads, and ignoring the inevitable couple million wifi and 3g sold. Besides that,the only problem is the ipad doesn't have flash, though we're SURE(Caps ftw) no one attempted the download? No? My bad.

P.S. Where did you get all this info on the 3g version that WILL(Don't ya just love caps) just cost $130-$330 more for no reason.

P.P.S. I do NOT own one, but I tried one out at Best Buy and it ran google, yahoo, apple, runescape(don't judge me),youtube, and all those websites. I tried all the sites I could think of, and the shortest time was 1 second to load the entire page on google, and 4 seconds for Runescape. The ENTIRE page. Use one before you judge it, please.

Anonymous's picture

Well I just had 500.00 just

Well I just had 500.00 just laying around. So I bought one and I like it.
It actually loads a web page faster than my acer aspire.

Anonymous's picture

To anyone who thinks this

To anyone who thinks this ejaculation of bullsh*t actually serves any good purpose I suggest you look at the price and come back saying it is worth the money. My laptops cost £350 and it has an HD screen, 4GB RAM Athlon x2 64 bit processor and kick ass graphics. It also runs windows 7 which twists the balls off any mac operating system ever made. If you are prepared to pay the money for a clumsy factory floor disgrace like the iPad then you need locking up before you start throwing faeces at the walls and licking people's faces.

Zaerion's picture

i don't really see the point

i don't really see the point of arguing about it. if you don't like it, then don't use it.

Matt's picture

Over two million iPads sold

Over two million iPads sold in a couple of months tells me that it is more capable than the author would have us believe. After using one I know what people have seen in this device & I will be getting one. Why all the hatred toward apple anyway? If people want apple who cares? If people buy Dell who gives a stuff? I buy what I like & I don't care what little geeks think, I certainly don't HATE people or companies for their products or choices. Get a life boys.

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