A serious flaw in iPad is that it is not engineering-oriented; well, the problem lies with Apple, who doesn't understand the special demands of our industry.
Some of what we need are listed below, and none of which is offered by iPad:
- lots and lots of RAM
- full OpenGL implementation
- intimate access to the graphics chip
- speedy development
- direct access to between customers and CAD vendors
To their credit, generic computer suppliers like Microsoft, Intel, HP, nVidia, and AMD/ATI made the effort to understand our market, and then populated their products with features we require. Early examples include the math chip for slow CPUs that allowed vector CAD software to operate 5x-10x faster, and expanded/extended memory so that CAD programs could access more than 640KB of RAM. Newer examples include an open API so that any external device can be hooked up to the computer, and 64-bit computing for "unlimited" RAM.
Perhaps the new ceo of Apple will understand the problem; if not, then this gives hardware vendors who work with Android OS the opportunity to become the preferred mobile platform for CAD.