The majority of posts in this thread are silly. Apple is never going to cover the full gamut of options out there in PC land. Their size and focus automatically preclude that. Also many of the machines out there in PC land have just plain stupid options, such as legacy serial ports, VGA ports, etc.
I'm still waiting for Apple to replace the form factor of the PowerBook G4 12" - to me that's the last real hole in their line - it's obvious they think the MacBook Air plugs that requirement - but for me it does't as the footprint is twice the size of my beloved G4 12".
It's the rub - Apple is never going to be all things to all people. However they have enough devices, for me, that are close enough that I still find all the other pro's about Apple and their environment compelling enough to continue to use them.
And in reality, the tablet is close enough to what I used to use my 12" PB for that I will most likely fill that need for me. We'll see April 3rd
Originally Posted by solipsism
I think within a few years we'll see the tablet market become relevant and within 5 years the iPad could outpace the Mac in terms of revenue and profit, despite continued record growth in Mac sales.
I don't think it will take five years - I think it will take less than two. I know I've said it before, but I'm still surprised my parents are as interested in the iPad as they are. Yesterday, out of the blue my dad started quizzing me about it again - they want me to pre-order one for them
I think there is a huge, untapped market of non-traditional users like my father. People who couldn't care less about open source, command lines, walled gardens and everything else techie philosophers get wrapped up about. He want's email, some web browsing and to get some newspapers and magazines electronically. So far it looks like the iPad will do all that, in spades. He is far from alone - indeed, I would wager that market is far larger than the market for traditional computer users. It's being masked right now because today a traditional computer is the only real viable option out there. With the iPad it will be interesting to see just how much of a shift happens.