Credit goes to Vincent Nguyen of SlashGear for asking a dangerous question during a demo of the new iWork Keynote app on the iPad.
It parted the mist in my mind and revealed the missing heart of the iPad.
It happens at near the 4:30 mark in his 15-minute video here.
He’s being shown a demo of Keynote and, lo!, a feature that Steve never showed is revealed:
She swipes her finger up at the bottom:
To reveal a color pallette:
This is the Chalkboard feature, where marks can be made on a slide:
Vincent asks if those marks can be saved. They cannot.
And that switched on the lighbulb in my head.
What’s missing from the iPad — the stuff that should be the heart of it — is sharing and collaboration.
In my checklist, I said there’d be a new iWork.com demonstrated.
Where did that go?
Also, thinking about it, Steve never mentioned being able to email iWork files. Can they be? And what if the target recipient doesn’t have an iPad with him, only an iPhone? Is there an iPhone client?
Plus, where’s the peer networking aspect? There are collaborative games that can be played on the iPhone. Why doesn’t the iPad feature collaborative productivity?
Why can’t two iPads discover one another, link, and share iWork files and photos?
This is what’s missing from the iPad: collaboration and sharing.
This is another reason why I insist there will be an Apple event prior to its on-sale date.
What’s missing now will be revealed then.
We’ve only seen the face of the iPad, not its heart.