If you're looking for an article or a post that lays out how the internet works and increasingly how mobile technology works, Tim O'Reilly's post on The State of the Internet Operating System is a great place to start. What happens when the iPad is thrown into this mix? If you've read, Cory Doctorow's post Why I won't buy an iPad (and think you shouldn't, either) it seems like the iPad could be a blockade against innovation. Will content and data be locked up by a few key players? Will the internet become more like a "gated community" as was mentioned by NPR in their segment, Apple's iPad: The End of the Internet as We Know It?
The question and concern may not be about how well the iPad as device does in the market. The more profound question is what does the iPad as concept mean? Will there be an impact on the Open Access community? How will this effect Creative Commons Licenses and open source software? In which ways will expectations shift for both users and content creators? Do you want to live with an Internet that is open, messy, and free or one that is sleek, restricted, and controlled?