Originally Posted by solipsism
My interest drops considerably if there is no cellular data access. Using it only on WiFi does not fit my needs.
I am hoping that the 3G data card is including by default like with the Kindle for access to the iTS, even if its just for print material, but with an option to subscribe to carrier for full access data.
I can appreciate your dilemma.
However, I don't think that the new device is an eBook per se. Unlike the relatively small Kindle, the new iSlate will be a new paradigm in multi-media entertainment.
Having a 3G connection would require another/updated wireless account/connection contract, thus another cost to contend with. Certainly it will have Wi-Fi and if anything, it will be a requirement even at home. No ethernet, no Firewire. Perhaps we will charge it by induction.
I would also suggest that the device is not meant for just picking up the odd black and white text-based book to read. But for higher resolution graphic-based multi-media content whether it is in the form of an 'Architectural Digest' or a full blown movie epic. Thus requiring higher speed internet connections to maximize its accessibility.
Right now TV is a bust. Content is getting worse. There is no need to watch commercials and as such, no monies are available from advertisers to produce better programming. The print industry is hanging themselves. The only saving grace is that consumers are dying to be entertained.
The Mac suffices most of us here. It is the rest of the family/world that it doesn't. My wife doesn't need a full blown computer. She loves to surf for decorating/food/fashion ideas. The kids, well that varies with age and their friends' activities. The grandparents, well, 'rabbit ears' are still better than cable.
However, most of us have cable. The iSlate will satisfy just about everybody in the family for what it will be designed to do. And the only cost will be the device. All the materials that we downloadable at a reasonable price and it won't feel any different than if we went to the local variety store and picked up a magazine or two. That is, it will be incremental, giving us the option to get as much as we want and primarily guided by affordability.
Jobs is not going to introduce a device that everybody else has attempted to do. It won't be universally accepted. There will be naysayers right from the get-go. However, the naysayers will gripe and gripe without much thought and the competition will swamp the market with so-called me-toos. In the meantime, the App Store will double or triple in size, Apple will dominate another unforeseen market and Jobs will entrench himself as Man of the 21st Century.