There are, however, downsides. First is the question of interoperability. Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs has never been known for a willingness to cooperate with the rest of the tech industry, and his approach here is no different. If you want to play, you have to buy an Apple product. Period. And then there’s the whole new world of “video chat etiquette.” Up until now, video chat had been limited mostly to the office/desk world. The iPad, iPhone and iTouch have changed all that. I’m sure you’ve all experienced the public restroom cell phone user, right? Annoying, I know. But the idea of that turning into video chat raises annoying to a whole new level!
PS: I ordered my iPad 2 hours after the Apple store began accepting orders on March 11, and was crushed when I discovered it wouldn’t be delivered for 25 days! How WILL I ever manage to wait that long?
Greg LaFollette is Senior Manager of Tax and Technology Consulting with the Top 25 firm of Eide Bailly, LLP in Sioux Falls, SD and a consultant to vendors serving the tax and accounting profession. He was formerly Executive Editor of The CPA Technology Advisor, VP of Product Strategy at Thomson Reuters (Creative Solutions) and founder and Tax & Technology partner at LaFollette, Jansa, Brandt & Co., LLP. He served on the AICPA CITP Credential Committee (Chair), the National Accreditation Commission (ad hoc via the Credential CITP Committee), the Top Technologies Task Force, and the TECH+ Planning Committee. He is a CPA and a CITP and also a member of the AICPA Information Technology Division. Greg is a national speaker for CPA societies, industry groups, and computer user groups and has published hundreds of articles on financial services and computer systems management.