With iPhone 4.0 software coming shortly, do you think Apple held back many of the 4.0 features on the iPad as not to give away iPhone 4.0 secrets earlier then they wanted... We all know the next iPhone software has to answer to many of the competitions new features like multitasking, notifications, and more general user control... These features and more would make a bigger or more controlled response if released with the iPhone not a new product. I think iPad will be getting a 4.0 upgrade sooner then we think..
Apple is very careful about the information they release. They most certainly held back information regarding the ipad. There are going to be A LOT of new features with the upcoming OS 4.0 release and I'm certain they didn't want to release any of those features at the ipad keynote.
OP makes a point that all of us people who are hopeful for more features are expecting. Really though all I want is multitasking and flash support. If they had those two things I would be a very happy camper. The flash seems unlikely now but I'm banking on limited multitasking as a feature of 4.0
I think so. It was just a bare product demonstration of what the device can do. We'll hear more before release, more media deals are definitely coming, and some gret extra stuff seems almost certain for OS 4.0.
They were really just getting the iPad out there, allowing developers to start thinking and working now. 4.0 will come out shortly after the iPad is released; making all the people that trashed the device, regret it. Once this device runs a bunch of iPad specific apps its will be cooking. I still really want multitasking though.
they never said it did or didn't multitask,
Remember, right before the iPad is released, they will be doing the iPhone preview event, this event will serve 2 purposes:
1) show off the new upcoming iPhone software
2) add functionality to the iPad before it ships... this event was a hyped up preview wait for the full product in March
They have been known to do that. It is not beyond them.
Having been involved in product release to market myself, I recall that I often had features that were not sufficiently tested or demonstrated at announce time that I was able to deliver at "first customer ship" time. Large quality-conscious firms have controls over what claims one can make for a new product. Steve Jobs can announce anything he wants but even he cannot announce everything he wants. Product development involves hard choices.
It will be sweet if they held back some info and were waiting until the iPhone event in March. They got the buzz going for the iPad (good and bad). Now they're just letting it simmer until they announce 4.0 and even more features in March. (My wishful thinking)
I agree it was underwhelming to many. I for one believe that we have seen just a fraction of what will be on the iPad. As they all said that you have to hold the device and use it. I for one believe that it will be a huge success. Can't wait for April...