January 29, 2010 | by Marin Perez
Even if you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard that Apple is preparing to bring out a fancy new tablet called the iPad. This undeniably cool piece of technology has a few too many restrictions for my liking, but it has the potential to impact our favorite little green robot.
How? It’s simple: Developers, developers, developers. While most analysts aren’t expecting the iPad to be the mega-success the iPhone/iPod Touch are, it is sure to add a few million to the Apple ecosystem. You know, that ecosystem that has to go through iTunes, and it subject to arbitrary rulings. I believe that openness is the better solution that should win, and that the web will eventually be the ultimate app platform. But not everyone thinks that. In fact, I know of at least 75 million iPhone OS owners who prefer the simplicity and great user experience of the Apple ecosystem.
Because of this, some developers may choose to develop only for the iPhone OS, or at least place most of their resources there. Sure, Facebook, Electronic Arts, and the other big players will make apps for every platform, but the smaller, innovative ones will go iPhone first because that’s where all the action is right now.
Don’t get me wrong, the iPad and iPhone do help Android by raising awareness and expectations of what smartphones can do. It also urges website owners to tailor their sites for mobile handsets. I think the form factor is actually pretty nice for a couch computer/third device. I don’t think we’ll have to wait too long before we see a similar product featuring Android.