It has long been argued that the pace of technological invention will eventually slow; that the exponential growth we have witnessed over the last 100 years will peter out; and that eventually we will reach a period of stagnation at which point no significant discoveries or breakthroughs will be made.
Happily, this fairly depressing vision of mankind’s future appears (at least at present) to be confined to the realms of science fiction; if anything our rate of progress has increased even further. The Internet, for example, has been relentlessly improved, with greater speed and coverage and the invention of wireless networks. Computers and mobile phones have also been the focal points of massive development and innovation over the last 10 years.
Amid all this change, development, progress and innovation there is one company which has emerged as the clear leader of the modern entertainment race: Apple. And the recent arrival of the iPad 2 has made this position even clearer. The iPad 2 has quite simply rendered many other gadgets obsolete; in this single tablet you are provided with a replacement for your phone, your MP3 player, your television and your laptop.
Apple has invested a great deal of time and resources into ensuring that the iPad 2 surpasses its predecessor. The 9×7 inch lightweight device delivers excellent HD clarity and can easily be propped up to watch your favourite films or television programmes in bed, or while you’re in the bath; it can even be placed on a treadmill when you’re visiting the gym.
Although HDTV is still relatively new, this hasn’t stopped Apple from taking full advantage of this technology and creating a compact, portable screen that will rival the one in your living room.
The iPad 2 runs faster and much more smoothly than the original iPad, which is great when you want to watch a film, TV programme on BBC iPlayer, or video on YouTube. The battery life is much improved too, Apple promises a 10-hour lifespan, perfect for spending the day relaxing and catching up with some of your favourite TV programmes.
The iPad 2 automatically switches itself off at the end of a film if you don’t select another, so you don’t need to worry about the drain on the lifetime of your battery if you fall asleep, and this also means that your screen will not be damaged by screen burn-in.
New apps are developed daily, and with the arrival of apps such as BBC iPlayer and YouTube, it seems that there isn’t much you can watch on your TV that you can’t watch on your iPad 2. If you’re not in the mood to watch something, there are many gaming apps which are available and, of course, you can use your iPad 2 to play your favourite music.
Due to the wide variety of and the excellent quality of the display, the iPad 2 is strong competition for any regular TV, MP3 player or laptop. That, teamed with the battery life (which is better than has ever been seen in a tablet), makes the iPad 2 a very popular method of entertainment consumption.
By putting everything in one place the iPad 2 certianly is changing the way we consume entertainment. The winning feature, however, is the versatility of this simple and compact tablet; with the iPad 2, everything you need is right in front of you.