Marc Benioff (ceo of salesforce.com) has contributed a very intriguing article to TechCrunch about the future of computing and the iPad.
This is one of the most intriguing portions to me:
“Last week I gave presentations to more than 60 CIOs in various meetings throughout America’s heartland. My message to them: We are moving from Cloud 1 to Cloud 2, and the iPad is the accelerator. Many of them haven’t even made it to Cloud 1—some are still on mainframes. They are working on MVS/CICS, or Lotus Notes, and they have never heard of Cocoa, or even that there is now HTML 5. This is unacceptable. The next generation is here. The iPad that shows us what now is really possible—and that we all need to go faster. Unfortunately, some CIOs would rather retire than go faster.”
Many application developers have been talking about “Web 2.0” for the past 4-5 years – with rich Internet applications (RIA) and apps written in AJAX and Flash/Flex – but this new ‘touch’ user interface will extend that a great deal. I can’t wait!
While I hope he really doesn’t think the UI for Facebook is the way to go, he and I agree that the iPad will “inspire a new generation of wildly innovative new apps” and you must go read his article now!
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In this story over on Macworld, Apple has told iPad developers that if they want to have their apps in the app store by April 3rd, they’d better submit them by March 27.
“Most iPad developers may not yet have touched the actual device, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been busy working away on software for Apple’s newest invention. But, according to an e-mail obtained by Macworld, if you want your iPad application to have a chance of being in the App Store for the iPad’s arrival, you’d better have it ready for Apple’s review by March 27.”
There’s more to read over there.
I do find it good that Apple has set a deadline and notified folks. That gives us some hope that there will be iPad specific apps to snoop thru when we get our grubby mits on them on April 3rd. Hopefully the iPhone SDK that includes the iPad layouts will work perfectly. There is an interesting article over at Appleinsider “Apple’s iPad secrecy leaves many developers handicapped” indicating that very few developers have actually had their hands on an iPad yet. I’m guessing the ‘virtual development’ with the SDK provides a good enough environment for developers. Maybe I need to get my hands on that to see.
There are still lots of unanswered questions tho that we’ll have answers to eventually… I wonder if the iPad will let me sync with Apple’s MobilMe service. So far, there hasn’t been any official word that I’ve found on that.