Originally Posted by asdasd
1) So, on Christmas Day what happens. Are we going to wait for the Apple Store to open. That would put a dampener of the day.
2) I dunno. Doesn't OS X recognise CUPS aware printers and then download the spefific driver for that printer. As far as I know OS X does not come with every printer driver under the sun.
3) Yes, and will be solved.
4) So I can order one with, and wrap it up. I am thinking gifts.
5) The margin is quite high already. I think they can come down on the margin and increase the hard disk. The question is whether Apple want to go large this christmas, or next.
I see this is a Christmas gift if they fix the issues. Particularly the prining and the cloud. Otherwise, next year.
1) It is possible, is all I am saying. I wasn't specifically thinking of Christmas morning, only the issue in general, of which I think far too much is made in terms of a criticism.
2) Currently, the iOS has no printer services or interface. The basic support can be added of course, but I'm not sure that CUPS is the answer for drivers. I've never had much luck with it on my Mac. The Mac comes with hundreds of printer drivers preinstalled. You are suggesting I believe that the printer manufacturers are prepared to write new ones for iOS. Do you think so? I'm skeptical. And again, support for wired or wireless printing? These are not trivial issues.
The printing issue on the iPad is very similar to the USB complaint a lot of people leveled at the iPad when it came out. I believe Apple was intent on the making the iPad user experience as flawless as possible, which meant leaving out support for some features that could not be made to work without hiccups. My sense is that Apple is going to be VERY careful about adding new features. If a feature like printing only works some of the time, then they aren't going to add it.
3) Yes, it will become a moot point, but I wonder how many people in Apple's actual market for the product really care. I've got iOS 4 on my iPhone and find that multitasking changes my use of the device not one iota.
4) Wrap two boxes? Sounds like a solution in search of a problem!
5) Apple has said that they plan to be aggressive on price, but the name of the game is keeping margins as high as possible, so I'd expect them to be looking to the competition (of which none currently exists) before cutting into their own margins.
As for going large, since the iPad has already outsold anyone's expectations (including Apple's apparently) and supply is just beginning to meet demand, I think it might be a tad early to suggest a need to rejigger anything much to boost demand. Next year, maybe. New models by then, we all expect. Apple is not asleep at the switch. I hope we all know that.