An interesting article by Rob Fabricant of Frog who questions Apple's moves with the current release of the iPad. His basic position is based on the claim that hardware is easy, its software that is difficult to make - and Apple has not made any significant advances with the iPad software.
I tend to disagree with this position - sure Apple sees this as one device among a host of new devices...but there are two really interesting aspects to the iPad:
1) its blazing fast - anyone who has played with the iPad will testify to how fast it is; sometimes even faster than my tablet PC - this is significant as Apple sees the iPad as a pure information appliance.
2) its form factor is conducive to interpersonal communication. Of course this means nothing until 3rd party apps publish useful apps that exploit this - but my guess is we will see a lot more interesting things come out of this.
Time will tell if Fabricant is right - but for now, its an interesting position. Read on and comment...