With the release of the Ipad 2 this morning, analysts are predicting that the new device may sell 600,000 units in a single weekend (http://bloom.bg/hSOJPe ).  The new device is thinner and features two cameras for video conferencing.

The predicted sales of the Ipad 2 seem to confirm the rise of the tablet as the most popular portable device, as was discussed by Josh Quittner in class on Wednesday. However, how does the popularity of the Ipad 2 affect journalism? Will more consumers begin buying digital magazines on their new devices, and regularly using news apps, such as the one provided by the New York Times?

I have so far been extremely impressed with the Ipad (and all Apple products for that matter). I think that once the prices of digital newspapers and magazines come down to a more socially acceptable price, that people will begin to purchase them in greater numbers. Websites that allow me to read my favorite magazine and newspaper articles for free are great, but they have never been able to capture the unique and timeless layout of a printed magazine or newspaper. There is something so elegant and satisfying about a good magazine that I think has been impossible to emulate until now.

With the large screens on most tablets on the market, magazine layouts can finally be aranged more traditionally than their website brethren. I would love to be able to get my hands on a great digital magazine that looks and reads like a traditional printed magazine.

While I don’t think the Ipad 2 will be the end all and be all of tablet devices, I think it is definitely a step in the right direction.  With tablets’ ability to play flash video and much more, it might even be plausible to see a digital magazine with a video clip embedded rather than a static picture. The possibilities for  digital magazines are very exciting, and hopefully the creators of such apps will take these possibilities into consideration in the future.