I suppose so. I personally don't benefit if they buy an iPad, but they made the decision to not like Apple for some ideological reason, then everything Apple does seems to be interpreted through the lens of their prejudice. Ironically, my friend who complained about the App Store being "closed" just got the Samsung Captivate, which (surprise!) doesn't allow sideloading of apps. And AT&T duplicates many of Google's apps with their own inferior versions. Saying he doesn't like Apple's control over Apps and then buying an Android phone that requires rooting to free it from AT&T's control...maybe they should call it the Samsung Ironic
I'm confused from a marketing standpoint. Before the 5 inch Streak was released, Dell insisted on referring to it as a tablet and the media followed suit. Now they are planning to release "in the next few weeks" (can't pin down a date?) a new 7 inch tablet. They then plan to flood the marketplace with a 10 inch, 3 inch and 4 inch each running various OS. Yes people like choices but sometimes a simple choice is the best choice. When a company can run into trouble is when they offer too many competing products at the same time. Apple has been very successful with the iPad for two simple reasons. It was the first of its kind and it's an integrated product. Consumers who buy an iPad know they are dealing with one company, hardware, software, apps. Getting back to the Dell Streak, the Dell homepage does not even feature it prominently any longer. It's relegated to a small link on the bottom of their welcome page. It is now referred to as a "device" and not a tablet. I'm assuming since I am unaware of any sales figures, it failed to cannibalize the iPad the way Michael Dell suggested it would. The future success or failure of the upcoming products will be interesting to watch.
I can't say I grasp the rationale behind an anti Apple stance. Most of the people that I know personally who hate Apple aren't speaking from experience because they've never owned an Apple product. They're convinced Apple is <insert-negative-affectation>. For example, one friend says he doesn't agree with the "closed nature" of the App Store, and I'll ask for how that specifically negatively affects him, and he can't say because he doesn't own any Apple products, but he's opposed to it in principle. He doesn't "want Steve Jobs to choose which Apps I can install". OK, I say, are you against having Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft approving games produced for their completely closed console platforms? Are you against Wal-Mart, Netflix or Blockbuster not selling porn? No, he doesn't oppose it when other companies restrict his choices, just when Apple does. Another friend of mine was dissing iPods as closed: he believed that iPods only worked with iTunes Music Store purchases and therefore could not playback unencrypted MP3 files. Jeez, if one is going to be anti-Apple, at least take the time to get the facts straight! Anyway, I don't think Apple has done anything to deserve the kind of hate they get, particularly those who just repeat the negative press they hear but aren't speaking from personal experience. That kind of rubs me the wrong way, because it isn't a fair judgment, IMO.
Let them own Dells, if That's what they want.
Management is convinced that Apple sucks because: 1.) MacIntoshes and MacIntosh software are an odd fit in the business world; 2.) The price of a MacBook Pro is double the cost of a comparable Dell with the same hardware specs; 3.) Applecare is 3 years with no accidental damage coverage, while Dell warranty is four years and accidental damage is covered; and 4.) Some managers are intimidated by MacIntoshes, so they cling steadfastly to their Dells.
Dell can't possibly compete with the iPad ... they do not know how. I hate to say that, but they just don't know how.
Users who have made the switch from Windows to Mac are *not* coming back. No, not ever. Therefore, Dell needs a touch tablet in order to keep existing (or maybe the remaining?) PC and netbook users from switching to the Mac. So Dell will end up cannibalizing their existing netbook market......
Dell forgets that if most young people perceive Microsoft as "not cool," they certainly will not run out and buy a Dell device. Buy a Dell with a non-windows operating system pre-installed? As if Microsoft is going to allow Dell to offer any of their better hardware models with a different OS. We see how well that has worked with Dell Linux.
No I do not since I have direct experience with the memory markets and it is well know in the industry that Apple is securing supply. This is not Apple's standard MO it is not any companies' standard MO. Generally speaking memory pricing goes up and down all the time so you do not want to lock in pricing, however, memory supple will be constrained through 2011 so if you want supply and you're are sure you will need it you better lock it up now.
All this says is Apple is very confident they will sell enough product next year to use all that memory. If what t his does is leave everyone else scrambling to make sure they have supply and you can guess everyone else is not sure how much they need. They can lock it up but they could be burned if the product does not sell, so you end up sitting on lots of worthless product. Not company is going to take that risk without first seeing how the product begins to perform in the market, if it does well it may be too late to go back and get more so they do not have products on the shelf and they go to the competitor in this case Apple who has supply.