Originally Posted by Cranky
In answer to your questions:
1. cellular data - hopefully a standard that you don't have to activate. but then if that were the case it would also have to have WiFi capability so that you could still use it as it was designed, albeit in a somewhat restricted fashion.
There seems to be five distinct ways they can go here.
1) WiFi only. (This would limit its usefulness for many)
2) WiFi + proprietary internal port for different carriers proprietary data cards. (I think its unlikely to go to that much trouble but its still a technical possibility even if extremely unlikely)
3) WiFi + paid for cellular data (This would limit its availability to many due to an increased TCO if contract is required while also limiting usefulness for those without a good cellular data connection for a specific mobile network operator. Unless they offer multiple HW versions this likely limits the carrier options)
4) WiFi + included cellular data (akin to the Kindles cellular data for subscription updates and iTS purchases but no internet access)
5) WiFi + included cellular data + option for paid for cellular data with included card (This is the combo I want, this way you can buy the product outright and get a data plan if needed without having to make an other HW investment)
2. $300 subsidy - wouldn't that make the "initial" price somewhat misleading? But to answer your question, I don't know about that.
But it does make the initial price easier for many to swallow. If you arent going to get any other discount from your mobile network operator then you might as well take discount, even if it requires a contract since until Verizon upped their prices the cost or cancelation was less than the discount for the 3G data cards (at leas the last one I bought from AT&T).
Originally Posted by extremeskater
It only feels like that on Apple forums. Currently HP, Dell, Asus, Sony and Fujitsu all make or have made tablets in the past. Currently they are 2-4% of the entire market. Even Apple has attempted this in the past with the Newton and it failed badly.
All the tablets Ive used over the years have been horrible. Theyve all used a desktop version of Windows for the OS so I can understand why the uptake was always low. Look at the cellular market to see the smartphone market increasing in popularity specifically because of Apples emergence with a UI designed around the HW and the user, not trying to mimic a desktop OS like MS did with WinMo/CE.
The first newton went on sale over 16 years ago and stopped selling almost 12 years ago when Jobs, the one who is rumoured to have finally OKd" this mythical tablet, put an end to the line. I see nothing that suggests that history will repeat itself, which seems to be what you are implying.
Originally Posted by dreyfus2
Only on Apple forums? I see hundreds, if not thousands of investment related blogs discussing an unannounced, unspecified and nameless product as THE game changing device and the funeral bell for all the Kindles, Nooks, etc. - even netbooks.
Even my father mentioned Apples stock jump this week based on an unannounced product. If hes hearing about a rumoured Apple product then I have to expect that indigenous natives of the Amazon who have never seen modern man are well aware of this rumour, too.
Originally Posted by iReality85
THANK YOU. Amen. It will never be "iBook" (for the above reason).
Scratch "iSlate" too. Does not flow off the tongue well, and sounds way too much like "isolate," although "Apple Slate" (with the Apple symbol) would work well, IMO. Also, for those stuck on the "Pad" or "Touch" names, why not have the best of both worlds: the Apple "Touch Pad."
Personally speaking, Touch Pad ftw
There are plenty of eReaders with the word Book in them so I dont think that saying never should be used. I dont think that the term Mac can be used without having it use Mac OS X and have access to all Mac apps. I dont think that it should use any thing with a lowercase i unless it will fit in your pocket. I think starting with Apple" is the most likely nomenclature at this time if we must assume it will follow current convention.