While we're obviously big fans of online journalism, we still pick up magazines as they offer a different way to present ideas and imagery. We've been waiting for the day when magazines and digital media would fully mesh, and the iPad may finally do that. While we're not jazzed on that $500 (base) price tag, we're excited to see how the iPad will change the way media is presented.
One prime example of that in the video is the ability to "play" with products on the page and flip them around with 360s. While we know you've been able to do this on your computer for some time now, it's been limited to commercial brand sites. Now that magazines have this tool on hand, we can only imagine the amazing ways product focused stories can be presented,. How cool would it be to see an exploded view of a new product, where you can really delve in and see under the hood of Sharp's new flat screen. Or what about a Home Tech Tour where you actually walk through a three-dimensional view of someone's home?
As with the iPod, we hope the iPad inspires other companies to figure out ways of presenting print media in the digital age. There have been plenty of misses, but maybe this is just the beginning of the iPad revolution. And lets hope Wired is just the first of many magazines, as well as online sites that takes full advantage of the technology at hand.
Are only fear is that all of this content will be locked into Apple and those who can't afford an iPad will be cut out of the picture. What are you excited about and what are you afraid of when the iPad comes out next month?
Oh and that story you see on the iPad screen in the video called, "Cut Flowers," is my latest piece in the magazine. Can I get a w00t, w00t!
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