Techno-lust? Apple releases the iPad computer

Communications professor John McArthur saw new possibilities for old media with the launch of an Apple Tablet.

What does he think now that the iPad is officially almost here?

"I thought it was cool," says McArthur, a Queens University of Charlotte professor who specializes in the social impact of technology.

McArthur especially liked the presentation of the New York Times on the iPad - which at first blush offered seemed to offer easy and authentic content navigation on the 9.7-inch screen. "It has the feel of a printed newspaper, and I like that," he says. "I'm interested to see what that technology will do to the design of newspapers."

Chuck Toporek, a 25-year veteran of print and online publishing, was impressed with the iPad's battery life and more powerful chip set. Toporek, who works for a Boston-based education publisher, also is encouraged that Apple seems to be setting up an iTunes-like digital library of print publications.

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