April 5th, 2010
11:26 AM ET

Frum: My dream product from Apple

Frum: 'an iPhone that cannot make calls, a laptop on which it is inconvenient to type.'

David Frum
Special to CNN

I belong to that class of person once mocked by The Onion: "If it's shiny and made by Apple, I'll buy it."

But I won't be buying the new iPad. I can't see why I need it: an iPhone that cannot make calls, a laptop on which it is inconvenient to type.

The iPad reminds me of a previous Apple product, the Newton. Introduced in the early 1990s, the Newton was a datebook, phonebook and sketchpad too big to hold in a pocket. Who needed it? But the Newton contained the genesis of the iPhone, a machine I depend upon utterly, despite the maddeningly poor quality of the phone service.

So I ask myself: If the iPad is a concept, what is it a concept of? What would I like Apple to do for me next?

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Filed under: Opinion • Technology
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  1. Pramesh G

    Steve Jobs clearly told, when announcing the product, that iPad would be something in between. So, that means, it should supposedly have some qualities of a Laptop and some qualities of Phone – smartphone rather. So, I would not be surprised if you cannot make a call with iPad or you can not type on iPad like the way you do on Laptop.

    Clearly, Apple would not like to kill their own iPhone or Macbook. If iPad could substitute for iPhone and Macbook, then they would be killing their own other products.

    April 5, 2010 at 12:12 pm |