Originally Posted by backtomac
...I'm not saying its great or a failure until I actually try the thing.
Well said "backtomac"!
All you people bitchin' and moanin', "it doesn't do this... it doesn't have that"... HOW IN THE F*** DO YOU KNOW?!
It's not shipping for 60-90 days. If you haven't noticed already, the world of technology can change week to week... let alone in a month... or 1/4 of a year!
How do KNOW there isn't already a BT camera coming out (Belkin)?
How do KNOW that at shipping time, it won't have Flash 10.1 (working, although sluggish as hell on the Tegra/Android platforms)?*** See Below
How do KNOW what USB devices work or don't with the dongle from Apple... or the one coming out from Belkin... or over your WLAN?
FACT: YOU (and I).... KNOW.... NOTHING!... until the damn thing ships.
Also, you DO NOT know what it is capable of software-wise until iPhone OS 4.0 is available. 3.2 is a stop-gap at this point, if that isn't obvious for y'all.
Repeat after me class: THIS IS NOT A COMPUTER REPLACEMENT (yet)... and was never meant to be in it's first incarnation. Watch the presentation... it is positioned BETWEEN an iPod/iPhone (consumption) and a MacBook (computer).
For those that absolutely must have "touch" on the Macs... not to worry. MacTripper had it right, and eventually, this is how all MacBooks will be. Also get used to the Store concept, it's coming for Apple Mac desktops/laptops as well. I'd say about 2012 for both of the above.
So after bringing my blood-pressure down a bit, and to prove that I am not a typical Apple Fanboi (although I do have stock), reality is that there is a platform that will give Apple a run for it's money... and that is Android and Chrome. (Windows doesn't have a prayer in this space!)
And once again, we'll have the Market Share Wars:
Cheap-"good-enough"-Crap (watch the Tegra videos on YouTube - chop, chop, spit, gurgle, "Tap-It-Again-Sam" demos)vs.
Easy-to-use-Style and Speed (everyone that HAS
had the device in his/her hands has been amazed at it's speed and responsiveness!)
... and as the Talking Heads song goes, "Same as it ever was."
BTW: the halo effect around this device is gonna be immense, and dwarf the iPod/iPhone accessory lists. Already today, multiple manu's making bag and stand announcements. Just wait and see what will be available by summer. The market for all manner of apps and add-ons is going to be HUGE!
Just to let ya in on a secret: the main reason I'm so excited about the iPad(?) and bullish on APPL... is because the Tech-Geeks and community absolutely HATES it!... which was expected. iPod and iPhone story all over again. Remember the "Cut-n-Paste" fiasco?
Since I'm a geek myself, Im gonna say it again:...it's not for "us"... it's for "them"!
Like my parents, in-laws, 2-year old nephew, or girlfriend even know WTF "multi-tasking" is for Pete's sake! And if it WAS available at this point or in the future, would only confuse them (seriously!). Me: I'm looking forward to it in OS 4.0.
**** Flash will come, but with the "ClickToFlash"-like functionality built in (with an Apple disclaimer about security and battery life). SJ didn't want to give in just yet, but he KNOWS it has to be on the iPad. If not, the rest of the Disney board is gonna pitch him out the window at the next meeting, regardless of his share position. Seriously... it will be there... if not just for the kids and education, which he will use as an excuse. Not personally, but through Shiller or Cook.