Apple's iPad Ushers in Era of Curated Computing

May.20.10 | About: Apple Inc. (AAPL)

Forrester Research says Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad is “a new kind of PC” that ushers in a new era of Curated Computing — a mode of computing in which choice is constrained to deliver more relevant, less complex experiences.

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Key points from Apple’s iPad Is A New Kind Of PC (Premium)

  • Curated Computing is necessary to empower alternative form factors, such as touchscreen tablets, wearable and ambient devices, game consoles, and connected TVs.
  • The iPad’s Curated Computing experience makes the tablet form factor viable for the first time since it was introduced commercially more than two decades ago.
  • The time is right to promote tablets as a fourth form factor for the multiple-PC-owning consumer, but the tablet’s success beyond the iPad is not a given.
  • Product strategists hoping to build a market for tablets will have to reshape consumers’ expectations of what a PC can be and how it fits into their lives alongside desktops, laptops, and smartphones.