I will start out this post with this caveat, I love Apple. I have a iPhone and a 17 inch Mac Book Pro and there’s a Dual processor G5 sitting on my desk at work. I have tons of iPods laying around, and even contemplated working for Apple once.
So why won’t I be getting into line for a iPad? Well for one, it looks like it will do nothing especially well. Would I be able to type a blog post on it comfortably? Would I be able to take it with me without the fear that the thin glass screen would get cracked or scratched? Will I read on it? The answer to all of those questions are no. It does nothing that my iPhone doesn’t already do just in a larger more cumbersome package. If it weren’t for screen covers and cases Apple wouldn’t even be allowed into my pocket. You see Apple designs their hardware for a perfect world, the world where you covet your pretty device and never use it. Imagine for a second how your iPhone would look without its case or screen protector. Imagine what the MacBook Pro would look like if you were to have the screen on the opposite side of the case and you start to get the idea.
Maybe its their way of planned obsolesence but buying a device guaranteed to neither make your life easier nor maintain its luster after you have laid down almost $500. Keep in mind that most of the iPhones out there are retailing at $99 for a 3G or $199 for a 3GS not $500.
Duranbility put aside unless Apple can bring something new to the iPad in functionality that it chooses not to share with the iPhone you can almost guarantee its also ran status. Now had Apple priced the device at $499 and included subscriptions to magazines and newspapers as well as including a camera, and maybe a built in data package like Kindle there might be something.
Now how does Apple recover? Sales of the iPad will be watched closely and like every news worthy arch the media will tout it as a failure of giant. Recovering will be easy however, they already have invested in a processor that will likely find it’s way into the iPhone. They are also laying the groundwork for a high resolution iPhone. Also I think once they really look at it the MacBook is the perfect bridge between the MacBook Pro and the iPhone. Instead of neglecting the MacBook allow iPhone apps to work on the MacBook and MacBook Pro. Add a touch screen display to the screens and you a more than ample iPad replacement. Yes replacement, there is a need. An Apple Netbook would be the perfect addition to the lineup also. Steve said unless Apple’s device could do something better than a normal netbook there would be no point. He seems to forget OS X is that something better. Taking a $199 netbook and adding OS X adds nearly 100-$200 dollars of extra value to the same computer. Can you imagine how much other computer manufactures covet that $200 in margin. Apple shuns it. Meanwhile hackers build the netbooks themselves leaving Apple no extra profit.
So the iPad is the perfect product for a perfect world that does not exist. I’m not asking Apple to think the same I am only asking Apple to think of its customer base. Those people in the rear world who want use their devices are looking to spend money and Apple is shunning them. We’re still waiting for Apple to bring us a netbook that works, we’re waiting with money in hand Steve….
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