29-Jan-10 Apple's unveiling of the iPad tablet computer sent gadget geeks and technology pundits into overdrive, with some extolling the device and others lamenting its omissions.
But the news sent ripples well beyond the consumer electronics world, sparking the imagination of leaders in fields as diverse as health care, education, corporate information technology and art and music. The device also holds some hope for print media executives looking for new opportunities to sell their content.
Many see Apple's iPad as a wide canvas with a set of features that hasn't been packaged together so tightly before. With a 9.7-inch multi-touch, high-definition screen, a powerful processor and access to Apple's App Store, all rolled into a 1/2-inch-thick frame, the wireless iPad provides intriguing possibilities.