The iPad’s been out for more than a year. Yet there’s still no killer app to be seen.
When the first iPad came out, everybody was excited about it. And it was impressive. If not so much for what it was, then for what it represented: a new type of computing experience, the first touch interface that truly worked, and a reasonable price.
However, Apple has restricted the iPad to a consumer (or rather consuming) role. For example, to this day there’s no official support for wireless transfer of documents between other computers on the local network and an iPad. There’s very little compatibility between desktop apps and their iPad counterparts, and there are too few professional apps that can actually be used to create something instead of simply consuming content.
It seems that Apple forgot that every new platform needs a killer application. That is, one piece of software (or a category of software) that works so well in that platform, that by itself it justifies its purchase price.
The original IBM PC had Lotus 1-2-3, Windows has the Office, the original Mac had a slew of DTP apps. In Linux, the killer app was not a specific software, but a philosophy: Open Source.
In iPad so far there’s no killer app. Well, maybe one can count the various app stores which let you buy content directly from the device as the iPad’s killer app. However there’s a significant difference: a real killer app is supposed to help people make more money than they spent on the device in the first place, not lose more money.
Can the iPad survive despite the lack of a real killer app? or is a killer app forthcoming? time will tell.