So Apple announced the iPad yesterday and already I have seen photographers all over Twitter ready to buy. I’m not sure that this was the tablet that everyone thought Apple was going to release though. I think many had visions of a device similar to the ModBook, which is what most of us think of tablets thanks to PC.
But I don’t really think that the difference is a bad thing. I watched the keynote and Steve Jobs presented some really cool things about the iPad that got me thinking. The iPad is really a mobile device and not a mobile computer so it’s going to do things that we expect out of a mobile device like: browse the web, check e-mail, listen to music, watch movies, view photos… you get the idea.
So where could the iPad fit in the photographers life with no camera built in? My answer is pretty simple: a completely mobile portfolio solution. Imagine being able to had a client your iPad with a kick-ass slideshow that you put together for them to view samples of your work or even proof images from their shoot with you. You can take it anywhere! As thin as it is and weighing in at a mere 1.5 lbs makes it hardly a hassle to carry around. That’s just one of many ways that photographers can put the iPad to work.
What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments section below.
Image above courtesy of Apple.com.