It’s here. Apple’s “magical and revolutionary product” is ready for the masses. But are the masses ready for it? Will the iPad be a smash hit or will its weaknesses relegate it to niche status? What are the killer apps? Assuming it does take off, does any other tablet stand a chance?
To answer these questions and more we gathered some of the greatest minds in the tech industry to weigh in on the most important gadget launch since the iPhone. The consensus: the iPad will usher in a new era of mobile computing focused on ease of use and content consumption, and no other tablet will come close to Apple’s user experience in the short term. In fact, Tim Bajarin told us it will take the competition two years to catch up.