Originally Posted by sheff
$999 is way too high. My prediction: $649 for slower model, $799 for faster model with 3G/4G free. If 3G/4G is not free then I expect a 2 year contract with ATT and something like a $499 price tag for the subsidized version, $649 for unsubsidized.Prediction:
Either way this will be a netbook, ereader, newspaper reader, gaming machine, and mobile movie player (which you can use on long flights much better then an iPhone). The battery life would have to be at least 7 hours. No physical keyboard obviously, and no removable battery. It will have the dual core PI Semi chip inside and run on iPhone OS 4.0. It will have full exchange integration and run a mobile version of iWork, which would be fully compatible with MS Office 2007. It will have a mag safe charger, but also the ipod proprietary jack.
That is all I can think of, so we'll see if any of my predictions will come true on 27th.
Much of what you wrote will come true.
What all of the Apple fans are forgetting, is that this device is not being made for only "us"... it's being designed for "them".... the "I'm a PC crowd"... or even those people that don't have a computer. The same people that are snatching up iPods and iPhones.
The fact is, is that Windows is "scary" for the average person... Linux even scarier. Basic computing tasks will be served up by this device far more elegantly, faster, and secure than a Windows counterpart.
Think about that "JooJoo" device, and with SJ and Apple tech making it 10-100 times better... and you have a hit product on your hand. Especially for the majority of the demographic these days, and that's the Baby-Boomers. An iPod Touch or iPhone is just too small.... and a full-blown Mac is too much for their needs.
Originally Posted by str1f3
...Both Adobe and MS are laying off people left and right as well many other companies in the tech field. It isn't just the poor who are losing their jobs.
No wonder. What has MS or Adobe brought to the table over the last 5 years? Just bloated software IMHO. Hopefully cutting the bloat from those respective firms will trickle down to their software philosophy(!)
Originally Posted by str1f3
To date, under Jobs, this is the first device that Apple has intended to replace nothing in your life. I don't suddenly see Apple being successful in this area of 'tweener devices when it has never been successful. From all rumors, the primary reason for buying this is gadget lust.
You are SOOO wrong on that one! It won't "replace" anything in "your" life. It will "add" something though to many people's lives. Again: an easy to use, secure, and dare I say fun
way to enjoy what the Internet has to offer, as well as all of the new modern entertainment, publishing platforms and media.
Last week here in Germany their was a major advisory, on all radio, TV, and newspapers... get this... to NOT use Internet Explorer "at all" due to the recent security threats. People are down-right terrified of Windows and the Internet in particular.
Many have a computer for the Internet only! It's these people that are going to consider the new Apple device... even if it is more expensive that a netbook or cheap laptop.
PEOPLE are just plain sick and tired of MS and the security and maintenance problems, trying to keep the damn system running... just to use Google, Facebook, and email once in awhile! Add a few fun apps for pictures, music, and video (iLife/iWork).... and you just included 95% of what "most" people use a computer for.
PS: The new "iBook"... iSlate... whatever... will be to computers, what the Wii was to the gaming industry: it will introduce to a whole new demographic, and open up a whole new segment of the population to "secure connectivity and computing and entertainment".
PSS: A saying sticks out in my mind relating to the intro of the Wii: "I never did, nor consider myself now... a "Gamer"... but I'm loving this!".
That was quoted from a 50+ year old.