Gates On iPad: Needs Pen, Keyboard, Voice
If Bill Gates could redesign the iPad, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d add a keyboard, a stylus and voice recognition. Heck, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d probably even put Windows 7 on there.
Speaking to BNETÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Brent Schlender, Gates said Ã¢â‚¬Å“You know, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m a big believer in touch and digital reading, but I still think that some mixture of voice, the pen and a real keyboard – in other words a netbook – will be the mainstream on that.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Now Gates is a smart guy, but if you want a netbook, you can buy a netbook. The whole point of the iPad is that it is an entirely new device, and not just an Apple-branded version of the tiny, hard-to-use computers that even Sony executive Mike Abary called Ã¢â‚¬Å“a race to the bottom.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The iPad has attracted a lot of hatred, before anyone has even seen one. The day after the iPad announcement, my dad – not someone usually interested in this stuff – mentioned something about it Ã¢â‚¬Å“not having FlashÃ¢â‚¬Â. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d seen it on the BBC news. And now that Gates is on record, it seems that he, too, wants the iPad to metamorphose into a normal, albeit small, laptop.
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