The iPhone/iPod touch already changed the computer industry forever, but I agree in that a tablet will again redefine computing. I believe this is especially true with regards to education . Some say the tablet will fail, I believe it will be a sucess on the same scale as the iPhone, with even greater potential. Not so sure about that built in rest though.. Not apple's style, but you never know.
I will have to agree here. Apple is in no way perfect and has had its share of failures in the past and maybe some in the future. What I like about Apple comes from Steve himself. Like when he mentioned his thoughts on the Netbook industry. He himself though Apple should wait as it didn't really see a market for it yet. Some of the greatest things from Apple wasn't when they were the first to market with a product. Unlike some companies that play the me too game Apple with the iPod join a losing market in the MP3 player market. When I would look for one before Apple came out with the iPod. I hated what was available. Apple didn't invent the MP3 player they did it right from their start.
Sometimes waiting to see what the next guy brings out is good because then you can show off what Apple can bring to the table. The Tablet, and Netbook are two computers that Apple hasn't made it to market yet. But the wait an see approach like with the music player may do for those markets what the iPod did. In all honesty, i myself a devoted Mac person hated the iPod when it came out. It wasn't until the iPhone came out that I actually liked it. And now I own my 2nd iPhone. When the first iMac's rolled out I thought they were butt ugly that green (Bondi Blue) was the ugliest thing I have seen Apple every release. I got hooked on the iMac when Apple released them in multicolor... When the iMac G4 came out another one I thought what the hell are they thinking... It took while before I began to like it.... then just when I was ready to dip in and by one they Switched to he G5 iMac. Another one I didn't like. I finally, got a new iMac when Apple released the Aluminum iMac's.
I like the idea behind the MacBook Air. I just wished Apple gave us better drives and speed. (in good time I am sure) and match the display with the other MacBook Pros. bring it down to the size of 12" Powebook G4 and thin as the Air is today and I am buying it! the hell with Rent LOL