The new king?!, says who?! - well the reality is that this is essentially a new market. Oh sure you could get bulky tablet displays that run Windows and IE but that is nothing like the iPad or the soon to be released devices by HP, Google, Microsoft and others.
The trick here is that Apple absolutely "Crushed It!" (thanks Gary Vaynerchuk ;-) when they released their iPad. If you haven't got your hands on one of these devices yet - be sure to stop by your local Apple store and check it out.
This device is so sexy, so portable, yet so simple to use that it changes the game for tablet devices.
It doesn't run a full blown bloated OS, it comes ready to install one of thousands of apps from the AppStore and users are already totally familiar with the interface due to the massive success of the iPhone.
Yeah, yeah, enough of the hype - what about the browser?
Well its no surprise that the browser on the iPad is Safari and it supports a native resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels thus it can render web pages just like its desktop counterpart.
Its a robust browser full of great standards support and even some of that HTML5 goodness that we've all been dying to play with. The good news is that Apple has simultaneously Raised the bar! for the Mobile Web platform. No longer is IE6 the lowest common denominator that you are stuck supporting... you start fresh out of the gate with a very fast standards based WebKit rendering engine based browser - Web Developers rejoice!
So is it all awesome joy and perfect harmony? - well not quite. There are some differences in Safari on the iPad (vs. its desktop cousin) that you'll want to be aware of.
(stay tuned for updates!)