Originally Posted by AppleInsider
Lee Kai-fu said that the device combines the functions of a netbook, the Amazon Kindle, and an e-book reader.
isn't that redundant. cause the Kindle is an e-book reader.
Last July, AppleInsider first reported that Apple's tablet would debut in the first quarter of 2010.
the thing is that Apple never reveals something without a release date. and sometimes that date is measured in days and weeks and not months. So Tell in January, release by July (perhaps to go with the unlocking of the iphone) if not sooner is likely. And there will be lots of hype in between.
are these other guys that close to release. cause no matter how pretty the prototypes are if they don't see the shelf way before the Apple device, they won't be much by way of competition
Originally Posted by Ireland
Going out on a limb - It will not be called iSlate. In fact it won't be called "i" anything.
i will agree with the iXXXX. but I say it won't be anything touch cause that will cause confusion with the ipod touch. won't be Book cause that name has been used and they won't want an association with the now vastly underpowered laptop line. and it won't be Mac anything cause THE rumor is that it's an iphone os device. so something like ipod slate or ipod tablet does make sense, even if it lacks a sexy vibe to it.
Originally Posted by Hellacool
I am waiting to see what Apple's price point will be. I think a tablet will be great, and knowing Apple their product will be awesome but I do not want to spend a fortune on it.
if you are expecting PC prices you'll be disappointed. the device is rumored to fit in between the iphone and the macbook so you can expect a price point of at least $699. if there's any kind of 3g service perhaps the carriers will offer some kind of subsidy or rebate for a data line but probably not more than $100-200.
Originally Posted by iGenius
They are not dominating the phone space, however, but instead are in third place.
considering how many phones are out there, third ain't shabby
And on the desktop, their sales are dwarfed by alternative choices.
if they wanted to make cheap machines and/or clones to kill off all the other companies they could and would. but they clearly don't want to. they are happy with a lower market share due to legal advantages. because they are small in the share, they can legally tying and control the hardware, which allows them to better control the quality of their software due to fewer variables. it also allows them to provide services like their Genius Bar without breaking the bank cause they don't have to train their people on every possible config in the world
Originally Posted by Jerseymac
The iTab (my favorite name) will retail for $1500 bucks, be missing features other tablets have and will probably be tied to AT&T for it's content. I hope not, but probably so.
i will see you on
the name. they don't iXXXX anything anymore. although whatever it is, folks will probably shortened the name just like they do with the iTouch
the price. too high
the features. yeah, some will be missing cause Apple isn't looking to make a notebook that is flat, but other companies will probably attempt this.
the content. ATT has never been the source of content
ATT at all. this device will most likely be focusing on those that didn't get the iphone for one of several reasons, access included. any 3g/4g will likely be optional and I'm betting with both CDMA and GSM access unlocked for any carrier to pick up and add access to your existing cell phone account. this is also why I wouldn't be shocked if it releases for sale in the summer with the ATT gig hits 3 years and could hit the end.
Originally Posted by primedetailer
There is going to be a lot of new, very nice looking tablets showing up on the market, but the biggest advantage that Apple has and everyone already knows about, is Itunes.
i agree, in the sense that iTunes = content.
and content will be the key. all these rumors of a tv subscription service, digital magazines, lala music streaming. add all your existing media and apps. these are the things that will excite folks the most.
not that it comes in every color of the rainbow.
Originally Posted by MacTripper
It only takes a few minutes of actual labor to reinstall Windows if it's hosed. Take the machine into the shop and "ghost" the drive from a master and go do something else while that's working. Return the machine in a hour, it's that simple.
same with a Mac. i do it all the time.
Another fact is OS X is tied to hardware, if your business needs matte screen laptops for the road warriors, Apple doesn't sell them except in a very few models.
thing is that most businesses with road warriors aren't going to go for a 13 inch laptop. they will start at a 15. and typically they lean towards the high end so they have machines that won't be junk in a year or two. so going and getting that 2.8 Macbook pro ain't a huge deal. Especially since most areas have at least one store with a business associate and if you are buying in bulk or buy a lot over time there are discounts. they aren't huge but certainly they offset the $50 for the matte screen.
plus if something goes wrong with the computer, pretty much every major city in the US and a number overseas has an Apple store. which makes it real easy to find help. and help that is trained on your machine type (unlike places like Best Buy where they might know, might not)
You want a real computer 10 years from now? It will be a Windows machine.
fact is that I've seen a lot of Macs used in businesses and some of them are 10 years old, give or take a year. they might not be doing big fancy things, but they work for what the owners need.
so in the end that's really the key. what are you doing with it. that decides if you go windows or mac. because for many a 'real computer' in the sense of biggest, baddest bits with the lowest price isn't the game. the game is if it can do what needs to be done in the best possible way.
For an accountant, it's likely Windows cause number crunching is number crunching.
but a high end editing house in LA is likely to use Final Cut, Logic etc. either just on Macs or with Mac connected to a Unix/Linux based render farm. but rarely will you see them using a Windows system.