Disclaimer: I am being genuine in my requests here. If you take my comments as inflamatory or intentionally negative (basically, sounding like a hater), that is simply my frustrations bleeding through. I don't want to start a flame war, or debate which is better, PC or Mac. I want to know more about why Apple do what they do from the people who could give me the best answer: Bit-tech apple users. At the first signs of flaming or trolling, I'll be asking for the thread to be closed as it is simply not my intention to bash Apple products. Why can't I download apps to an iPad without connecting it to a PC with iTunes? A little bit of background: I've been given an iPad in my job to explore the potential applications within an educational setting. I've been given four months to get to know the tablet and the accompanying software and so far (five days) I have only used it for casual, personal use while I get the hang of it. This is where my problems begin: It wont allow me to download ANY apps or update many of the existing apps without hooking it up to a PC with iTunes. Surely this is a design flaw for a table computer. I am not a fan of the painfully simplified and locked down apple products, but I have been as unbiased as I possibly can be of late due to the volume of apple products I've found myself using through the course of my job. I just can't understand the need to go running back to the mothership and ask daddy Jobs for permisssion when I want to do something with an Apple product. Can you explain what I'm missing that makes Apple products so fantastic? So far, when it comes to my recommendations for the possible application of the iPad, I'm more inclined to recommend that we consider other tablet products, namely the Asus Transformer. Or, not at all.