DIMi has now been through three incarnations: as a PDF only magazine, as a website and now as a combination website/ebook/print edition. It has been an interesting journey so far and appears certain to continue that way into the future. It seems appropriate that a publishing effort about digital art making processes and results should change and morph as the technology allows.
The iPad has been a game changer. As is often typical of Apple, it was not the first tablet, but by bringing together an over-riding sense of integrated design and no compromise minimalism, THE tablet emerged. By itself the iPad is not perfect. A USB port would be handy, as would an expansion memory card port. And the screen shows fingerprints all too well. Nor is the App Store perfect. Why can’t we legally run an app on our iPhone 3Gs to provide roaming Internet for our WiFi-only iPad, for example? But the App Store has done more to make non-tech users comfortable about buying, downloading and installing apps because of Apple’s tight control and approval process than anyone else has, so far. Would many of us feel as secure doing so on an uncontrolled Marketplace?
What makes the iPad a game changer is the combination experience. The brilliantly designed iPad, the controlled but safe App Store, the integration with iTunes and the optimised iOS operating system combine in such a way as to be infinitely better than the sum of its parts. Anyone who wants to really compete with Apple, and I hope someone does because competition is good for us, the consumers, will need to replicate not only the hardware but the ecosystem as well.