Apple iPad Will Choke Innovation, Say Open Internet Advocates

Apple’s (AAPL) new iPad tablet computer could hamper innovation and cause long-term damage if it becomes a hit, according to experts.

Just as Steve Jobs tries to wow the world with the “magical” new device–unveiled on Wednesday at a media-saturated launch event in San Francisco–leading industry figures have told the Guardian that the machine marks a fundamental shift in the way the computer industry works.

The iPad, a 10-inch touchscreen computer that will cost upwards of £300, was greeted by many admirers as a significant step forward.

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