But my best guess is that Apple will develop a great iPad stylus when bacon becomes kosher. Steve Jobs has been highly vocal that using a stylus on an iPad is almost as heretical as using Flash. Sure, he might recant or rely on our collective amnesia as he pretends he never said any such thing. I'm not holding my breath.
Claim No. 2: Nobody ever said tablets will replace laptops
This was a popular criticism, along with its close relative, that nobody in their right mind thinks so, because Apple never said it.
I'm not even going to bother providing a link. Google it. Or just walk around without squeezing your eyes tightly shut. One of the most highly documented dimensions of the iPad's success is that it is replacing laptops for a lot of people. ("Supplanting" would be a better choice of words.)
If you disagree with the concept, join the club. I'm a founding member -- that was, in fact, my argument. To everyone who made the point that they're different devices serving different but overlapping purposes, I couldn't agree more. But if you think nobody ever made the statement because you disagree with it -- I can't say anything polite about that.
Claim No. 3: PCs aren't inspiring, but iPads are
Here's another statement I agree with completely. As mentioned, iPads are shiny. They're different. That can help people open their minds to new possibilities, as PCs did when they were first introduced.
Claim No. 4: iPads don't get viruses, but PCs do
I'm sure this is relevant to some conversation. But I'm even more sure it isn't relevant to the question of whether IT should encourage innovation on PCs, iPads, or both. If any laptop provisioned under IT's stewardship is unprotected, you have a lot more to worry about than which platform to choose for encouraging user innovation -- for example, your completely and utterly incompetent IT organization.
Claim No. 5a: Companies will write great apps for the iPad real soon now
Claim No. 5b: You don't need them because everything we need is in the cloud
The answer to retort No. 5a is the same as to retort No. 1. As for retort No. 5b, OK, my line about laissez-faire communism must have gone over a few too many heads. Let's try it straight up: The iPad's popularity is strong evidence that users don't consider the cloud to be all that desirable. Part of what makes the iPad attractive is that you can buy inexpensive apps, install them on the device, and run them locally, with or without a network connection.