Originally Posted by mdriftmeyer
iTablet won't be a phone.
It'll have Wifi but it won't be a phone. It may have VOIP but it won't be a phone.
I tend to agree. That is, unlike the original iPhone which required wireless connectivity to suffice, the onslaught of iPhone apps has lessened that need significantly.
I think it's primary purpose will be as a media player. Much like the iPhone, it will set a new paradigm in how we entertain ourselves and to a great extent how we conduct/support our businesses on the move. For many, we will still need a 'full' computer. For most, 'full' is overkill.
IMO, virtually every app currently available can for the most part be prepared to run "fullscreen" rather easily, as evidenced by Apple's request to some developers to demo in 4 weeks; and knowing Apple, to provide an updated SDK to ensure that tens of thousands of apps will be ready for a 'March' launch.
Obviously, a lot of apps will look absolutely astonishing if they are just updated to satisfy screen resolution. The GPS navigation apps definitely come to mind, a well as e'readers, web browsers, video games/players for example.
Others will appear downright ugly. But ducklings can be turned into swans with a little more insight, enhanced functionality and addressing some of their critiques' concerns.
More important, a whole new 'pricing' paradigm will evolve, particularly i.e., to now charge which before were free.
And, I do know many who have hungered for a broader canvas; and some I may add with confidence have already started.