Does Apple encourage creativity?

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Joel Runyon got ‘an unexpected ass kicking’ by computer pioneer Russell Kirsch in a Portland café recently.

The creator of the first ever digital image and America’s first internally programmable computer told Runyon that the problem with people using iPads was that “they end up just using technology to consume things instead of making things.”

However, commenter Jim Krenz has noted that there were plenty of creative folk using their tablets to create new and original work. Indeed, the potential of the iPad is often unrealised. To get you inspired, here are some examples of artists and others taking their mediums to new levels with the aid of iPad technology.

Trick and treat

Sleight of hand may be as old as the art of illusion itself, which could explain why it didn’t take long for magicians such as Shinya Uchida to bring the art up to date. With a nifty iPad routine combining the techniques of traditional magic with tablet technology, ‘iPad magic’ has clocked up over a million views on YouTube since 2010, just after the release of the first generation model.

Silent comedy

Lee Ridley is a stand-up comedian currently touring the UK. He’s appeared on the X Factor and counts Matt Lucas and Marcus Brigstocke amongst his fans. Ridley was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at a young age, which left him unable to speak, so he performs his set using a text-to-speech app called Speak It! and his iPad. “When I realised I’d never be able to talk again, I was speechless,” he says.  The delivery may be somewhat flat, but the quality of the material is said to shine through.

Inspiration by consumption

Twenty-four channels of athletes testing their own limits streamed to any Android or iOS device. The Mars landing streamed live to watch online anywhere on the planet. Hockney’s landscape exhibitions replicated in galleries across the world, instantly. The iPad has altered communication over and above creating a viable form of mobile television.

Have you seen people using iPads, tablets or other Apple devices to do things that have never been done before? Tell us in the comments below.

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