This Computerworld article sums up quite well why I’m looking forward to my new iPad. I don’t want a device that multitasks so well that my head will spin off as I try to do 20 things at once. In fact, if the iPad did multitask, I think it would fail as an e-reader. The human mind simply isn’t wired to be able to read an article, chapter of a book, or any other reasonable amount of text while bells, whistles, and sirens are going off around the page.
The iPad’s success, like other Apple products, will stem from it’s simplicity and quietude. I also hope that it represents a shift back to the single-tasking world. We need to do a better job at focusing on one thing and one thing only.