Originally Posted by AppleInsider
JT Wang, chairman of Acer, spoke with the Economic Daily News and shared his prediction that the market share of the iPad will drop from 100 percent to between 20 percent and 30 percent.
We will see, we will see.
Mind you, Apple could drop to 30 percent and still be number one in terms of percent of market, thanks to the vast number of companies out there (assuming they all actually do release a tablet as they say they will). All they need is for no other single company to hold 30% or more of the share. Which, given the number of potential competitors seems pretty likely. And under those circumstances I would say that retaining 30% is actually not too shabby
Originally Posted by jlanganki
This 20% marketshare theory doesn't make any sense. Apple is a vicious competitor and will out-maneuver any competitor.
Actually they are not as vicious as you seem to think. If they were they would have dropped hardware prices a long time ago, they would have put blu-ray in their computers, they would have bought out the ATT contract so they could at least put it on T-Mobile also (if not also release a CDMA phone), etc
Originally Posted by JeffroDH
And the iOS SDK is free...
Not exactly. Eventually you have to pay them to be able to release anything. At least if you want to do it 'by the book'
Originally Posted by Blackintosh
Instead of doing what you want on your device like flash or porn, you do what the CEO of some company wants you to do.
95-98% of the ipad/iphone/ipod touch buyers are fine with it. Thus the high sales. Only the super geeks actually care and in the end it it mainly only because someone told them no and they don't like being told no.
Oh and that "Apple Tax" you are spew about. Folks don't mind paying it because they understand what they are getting for their tax dollars. They understand the value of the software that is included, the free workshops, the free tech support appointments and in some cases very pricey repairs. You certainly won't find Best Buy offering to fully examine your computer for free to figure out what is wrong. Same for phones, PMPs etc
remember the story where Jobs walks out of a restaurant cause he can't get a table?
Well one would have to be a bit of a moron to hang around a restaurant where he can't get a table. Thus why he walked out.
Originally Posted by neondiet
Competition is good, well for us users anyway. Left to their own devices Apple will not pay much attention to some features that we users would benefit from the most,
Thing is that folks hanging out on sites like this are the type of geeks that make up a small group of the buyers. So that group of 'we users' might want features that the much much bigger group of 'we users' really don't care about. And that bigger group are the buyers that Apple is looking for. Remember this is a business, not Art.
Originally Posted by jfanning
I think the free wi-fi, and free internet access has more to do with the number of people in the stores. Go look at the Apple section of a reseller, they are empty the majority of the time.
Actually you'll find that in most stores, very few folks are camping for free access. As for the outside resellers, a fair number of them are idiots about Apple stuff, which is why they are empty. Or they aren't as up to date on the newest stuff like the Apple stores are
Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum
but before long they will have a $199 16 GB WiFi only version of the iPad.
No they won't. Probably won't ever go below $499 except with education etc discounts (if they ever decide to do those. Rumor has it not even their employees get a discount on the ipad)
What they will do is just keep adding to the specs. So eventually you might have a $499 128 GB wifi with 3g with a processor that is 4 times the current and 4 times the ram in the current models.