What Does the iPad 2 Mean for Publishers, Exactly?
JACOBSON: The iPad 2 does not address any of the multitasking abilities; it will simply do what the iPad 1 does, but faster. The sdk [software development kit for app developers] is still written for one CPU [a single core processor]. It will still have the same "pause" functionality for all but a few functions including background downloading, messaging, voice, audio, etc.
INBOX: You've said of the iPad and other tablets, "Be a Real Computer. Get A Real OS. Let's face it, having an app for 'settings' is a little over the top. Let's give the iPad an 'app free' way to store files ... like a real computer." So I guess the iPad 2 doesn't really address this?
JACOBSON: When it comes to current tablet computers in the same price range as the iPad, there are still great improvements that could be made toward making the devices function more like traditional computers.
INBOX: Up to this point, Apple has driven the tablet market. What's one thing other tablet makers need to do to make it worth publishers' time and money to develop apps for them?
JACOBSON: At this point, manufacturers of full-fledged tablet computers (like the Dell Latitude, typically costing between $2,000 - $3,000 and weighing a little more than the MacBook Air) could benefit from focusing on the enterprise space. Medical professionals, for example, don't need a device that's great at surfing the Web and playing Angry Birds. They need a real computer in tablet form.