Originally Posted by solipsism
1) 10" is too small a desktop OS. A finge-based input as the primary navigational tool is not built into desktop OSes. netbooks and other tablets suck and have always sucked because of this shortsightedness from vendors.
2) They intended it to be an accessory device or they wouldn't require it to be synced to iTunes like all other iDevices. If they wanted it to be able to do everything poorly they would have stuffed Mac OS X into a netbook and been done with it.
3) The HW is capable of running iWork for the iPad, not iWork for Mac OS X. This was designed from the ground up for the iPad. They did not simply cram the desktop version of iWork into the iPad and call it a day.
4) The only thing keeping the iPhone from running the Zune OS is a little bit of software. What's your point? Apple has intentions for the iPad, you don't have to like it, but you do have to accept it. If you think they've made a mistake then buy another device. If you think no one has made the right device then make billions by making your own. There are no other options.
5) The 'i' comment was making fun of people who are seeing this as accessory device as a "desktop replacement" and then saying that "Apple fraked up" because it's can't replace their desktop. WTF!
1 & 3.) Who said anything about the iPad being a desktop OS replacement? My point is that the iPad is almost everything a person who doesn't
need a desktop OS (and it's accompanying complex apps) would need. At this juncture, the desktop OS (and "real" computers) could almost be reserved solely for people who run things like the Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Studio, 3D Apps, 3D Games, and software development tools.
2.) You're suggesting that either the iPad had
to sync with a computer running iTunes to obtain your purchased media, or it would have to suck at everything and run Mac OS X in it's entirety? Being a little dramatic, aren't we?
4.) Again, being a little dramatic? Writing a driver that would allow an iPhone/iPod to sync directly with an iPad, and making the iPad download all purchased media from the iTunes store once a user enters their iTunes username and password, is just a little
simpler than porting an entire operating system to a different hardware device, don't you think? The latter isn't even a software change so much as it is a change in the iTunes Store's policy; allowing users to redownload all of their purchased media if it's not already on their device should be a given.
And if Apple can write software to allow importing JPEG and RAW photos from an SD card (directly or via the camera), then allowing an iPhone and iPad to sync directly to one-another with a 30-pin to 30-pin cable should be a no brainer for them. It's not like I'm asking for an iPod version of Maya, here.