#1 Reason why CEpro doesn't like ipads as remotes... You don't have to pay $4000 to custom installers for a crappy touch screen remote.
#1 reason why the iPad makes other lists as a "must have"? Because of the marketing power of the iGottaHaveIt. The average Joe doesn't know whats what, but the second you tell him that his $500 iPad can rule over another part of his life, he is all over it. What integrator wants to look like they are still back in the early 2000's with something that isn't a hip iPad? None. But the points made in the article are true. It IS too big, it DOES need hard button, it DOES get taken elsewhere in the house to play Angry Birds, it IS too easy to multitask (ok, maybe that is an operator problem), it IS more fragile (mainly due to size - big but thin, not a design flaw)...
So while my first thought was the same, installers want to make more buck with their super pricey remotes, the CEPro article does have merit... for once. But even then, it is very subjective to what people want to do.
In a dedicated theater room, the hard buttons are more important, than in a living room space that lights may be on, etc. No need to cast a massive light to use a touchscreen vs. a hard button, but again it is preference.
Please note, my first paragraph above was just meant to show a different perspective while yet seeing the validity of other viewpoints. Some people are super-touchy about when someone else disagrees with them, so I wanted to put that out there that I was just saying that everyone has different needs. You will never see an iPad in my theater, but then again, I don't see the value of a remote that costs that much, even if it is more than a remote. Others have more money to throw around, so that is fine for them. I've got my Harmony One that controls everything, including multiple lights that get set to different lighting levels, as well as control over my color changing LED rope light. There is nothing that I need to do that it can't do. And I got it for $150, and it never has a need to leave the room. :-)