Apple's iPad is available in a few days (maybe). It will be a colossal flop. Students of marketing and computer design will study the iPad catastrophe for decades, particularly Steve Jobs's "Gosh! Gee whiz! Aren't we just the cleverest, most revolutionary people ever?" keynote back in January.
Their pricing model is wrong... few will pay 4-5 times more for the same (but larger!) app you can get for 99 cents on the iPhone. Few will pay $19/mo for an online publication. (Hint: iPad won't save your local newspaper.) Most importantly, people will be reluctant to purchase and carry around an iPad (or any other tablet) once they start hearing stories about people dropping it and shattering the screen. (A smartphone is a computer that you can easily carry around in your pocket. A tablet is a fragile device that will need a separate case.) And no camera?
Apple's gushes about the "incredible, amazing, and magical" iPad sound really desperate. They remind me of Michael Jackson's La La Land interviews with reporters when he thought he was King of the World but didn't realize that everyone was tuning in to see a freakshow.
Apple's Newton was a pimple on an elephant's rear end compared to the disaster about to be unleashed.