I got my iPad 2 about three weeks ago. I tried to put a lot of thought into this purchase. My "man purse" was getting very bulky and very heavy and I needed something that I could get onto one device. I found that the iPad could do most of it. But I also considred what I would do with it in the future. One of those future ideas was my genealogy research. This is where the iPad app came into play.
First and most important to understand, the app does not exactly mimic the Ancestry tree. Sure your tree is available to you, but the first thing you will notice is that the "shaking leaves" are not there. Then as you begin to utilize this app, you will notice that all the bells and whistles that you can easily find in Ancestry tree are not there.
The iPad app was designed to be a supplment to the Ancestry tree, not as a replacement to it. When you begin to think about it, this a very practical way of looking at this app.
It provides you with the right amount of information that if you were visiting with family member and needed to update or correct infomration, this a fantastic way to pull up the information, easily review it and also make the necessary corrections. Another use, when you are at a research center or at at grave site, again, a phenomial way to record your notes, corrections, additions, etc. Also, if you are a cemetary, you use the iPad to take pictures, along witht he GPS to record the location.
Now, take all this and bring it back home. The iPad is an extension of your regular computer. The only thing that is that it does not sync with "Family Tree Maker". This needs to be a must for future releases. But as far as the Ancestry tree, as you make changes, those changes are automatically updated on your tree. Now you can pull up all those notes and and with an easier keypad move those notes and pictures into your Ancestry tree.
The iPad is portability and easy to read. Very convenient and useful.
What needs to be improved? First for me, compatibility with Family Tree Maker. The second, is easier ability to enter or make corrections to the data. It is displayed, but you can not edit it, only add a new event.
This app has a lot of potential and I pray that Ancestry continues to work and improve it.