A ‘magical and revolutionary device’, said Apple. ‘Finally, an iPhone that is inconvenient to carry,’ said the sceptics. The true import of the iPad, the thin tablet computer that Steve Jobs unveiled on Wednesday, ending months of frenzied speculation, is probably somewhere in between.
On Thursday, analysts were unanimous in their verdict that the iPad will have very little impact in India. They predicted that, at best, it might find niche adoption as a lifestyle device for surfing the internet and watching high-definition videos. The device could potentially find significant adoption in segments such as education, but it is unlikely to eat into the sales of traditional PCs and laptops, while the prospect of it immediately transforming industries such as book publishing or newspapers is rather remote, analysts feel.
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