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  Reply # 297487 9-Feb-2010 20:17
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Ashka: It may share a similar OS to the iPhone, at least it isn't windows...


Just you wait. Apparently Windows 7 will run on it. More reading here.

They also say there is a possibility that more operating systems will work on the iPad – Mac OS X, Ubuntu – or maybe even Android.


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  Reply # 297493 9-Feb-2010 20:42
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Technically, that's not 'running Windows' on an iPad.

That's remote desktop, and there's nothing new to it. I don't get what the fuss is about.




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  Reply # 297495 9-Feb-2010 20:45
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The fact it has to be paired with a real computer running iTunes means it's not a real computer.

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  Reply # 297510 9-Feb-2010 21:31
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robscovell: The fact it has to be paired with a real computer running iTunes means it's not a real computer.

Well said, although I think we'll be seeing over-the-air syncing in no time.




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  Reply # 297516 9-Feb-2010 21:54
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Wikipedia:

A computer is a machine that manipulates data according to a set of instructions.
Although mechanical examples of computers have existed through much of recorded human history, the first electronic computers were developed in the mid-20th century (1940?1945). These were the size of a large room, consuming as much power as several hundred modern personal computers (PCs).

[1] Modern computers based on integrated circuits are millions to billions of times more capable than the early machines, and occupy a fraction of the space.

[2] Simple computers are small enough to fit into a wristwatch, and can be powered by a watch battery. Personal computers in their various forms are icons of the Information Age and are what most people think of as "computers". The embedded computers found in many devices from MP3 players to fighter aircraft and from toys to industrial robots are however the most numerous.

The ability to store and execute lists of instructions called programs makes computers extremely versatile, distinguishing them from calculators. The Church Turing thesis is a mathematical statement of this versatility: any computer with a certain minimum capability is, in principle, capable of performing the same tasks that any other computer can perform. Therefore computers ranging from a netbook to a supercomputer are all able to perform the same computational tasks, given enough time and storage capacity.

The iPad is therefore a Computer.

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Reply # 297518 9-Feb-2010 21:57
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Just give it a rest ASHKA!
iPad is a mobile internet device (MID). End of story, move on!
Sheesh.

If you want to get technical, anything with IC and and chips and bits and bobs are computers! Disregards whether it is large or small, they're computer, device that designed to do some computation for one thing or another!!!




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  Reply # 297519 9-Feb-2010 21:57
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I agree the iPad is a computer. If it requires a connection to another computer to get content is irrelevant in this context.





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  Reply # 297520 9-Feb-2010 21:58
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chiefie: iPad is a mobile internet device (MID). End of story, move on!


MID are a class of computers anyway...




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  Reply # 297524 9-Feb-2010 22:07
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OK, it's a computer, like there's a computer inside my dishwasher. Point taken. But it's not a replacement for what is decreasingly called a personal computer. It's a mobile device. A mobile computer even, because even the iPhone is a mobile computer.

I suppose the best analogy is a new-born baby with the cord still attached. Both child and mother are 'persons' but the baby does not have the kind of independence that a full-grown person has ...

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  Reply # 297525 9-Feb-2010 22:08
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[X] Most pointless thread of the month
[X] Most attempts to prove a pointless argument


OP is in danger of drowning in own vortex of fanboyism.

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  Reply # 297526 9-Feb-2010 22:09
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Good analogy. Yes, I agree it's a computer, I agree it's a mobile device and I agree it's not "grown up" enough to be a "personal computer" in the sense we know it now.

But things are changing, and these "personal computer" as we know now may be something of the past soon - mobile devices are even more "personal" than personal computers.




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  Reply # 297527 9-Feb-2010 22:11
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MikeyPI: [X] Most pointless thread of the month
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  Reply # 297529 9-Feb-2010 22:15
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Ashka: The iPad is therefore a Computer.


and what isnt a computer? so is a $1 calculator

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  Reply # 297548 9-Feb-2010 22:59
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freitasm: Good analogy. Yes, I agree it's a computer, I agree it's a mobile device and I agree it's not "grown up" enough to be a "personal computer" in the sense we know it now.

But things are changing, and these "personal computer" as we know now may be something of the past soon - mobile devices are even more "personal" than personal computers.


Well said.

This device belongs in this forum because it is most similar to the iPhone ect, and thus problems and solutions (i.e. many threads) may be cross relevant, i.e. this is the most useful place.

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  Reply # 297553 9-Feb-2010 23:53
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It runs Mobile OSX and more specifically a version of the iPhone OS (3.2 at the moment) therefore it should be in this forum.




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