Originally Posted by rtm135
lol you people crack me up. what would be SO bad about Apple adding a USB port to iPad? it would provide an easy way to offload data. what's the downside?
You're on track regarding the offloading of data. Sure, it makes sense to virtually everyone on earth. Except of course, Apple.
You're trying to delineate between devices & data and Apple cannot help you there (yet). Eventually in their epic battle with Google (still to come), Apple will be forced by the market to assist their customers with their data. But right now, Apple only cares about their devices, not your data.
The real question is: will Apple wait to be forced into a corner to then move from being a device-centric company to a more customer data-centric company, or will they take the reins and plow their own path?
Right now, we may all have various iPods, iPads, iPhones and laptops & desktops. While Google works to move data between these devices & sync to all, Apple works very hard to restrict the flow of data from one device to another. See iTunes & their restrictive policies if you don't understand this. When Apple introduced the 11" MBA with only 64BG of storage, it was mostly because Apple doesn't give a rat's ass about your data, and so, they don't have an application or utility that would enable a User to sync a subset of the User folder from a desktop to this mini-laptop. Like giving a Gift Card for Christmas, Apple basically tells you: "Do it Yourself."
Eventually, this philosophy will become a losing proposition.
Ask any Mac.com customer how much they just damn love Apple for mucking (or wiping completely) their photographs between a number of mobile-me-dot-com "upgrades." What a horrendous P of S. And shame on Apple for shafting customer's data. But Apple doesn't really care about your data, they only care about their devices.
For Apple to survive and prosper, they will eventually be required to assist their customers - such as you and I - to be able to sync all our data between a myriad of their devices.
It will be market forces - such as Google - that finally will force Apple to do this. And this is also why Microsoft can be viewed as being so totally incompetent, e.g., Apple allows (actually, they created it themselves) a gigantic hole in their business model to expand and fester & what used to be their chief rival cannot even recognize it in order to launch a counter attack. Pathetic.
There WILL be a USB B-mini port on the next gen iPad. It will be for power only, and you will NOT be able to up or offload data via this physical IO.
And it will be yet another spike Apple drives into their own coffin. If they would awake and switch to a view that their customer's data is much more important than their own devices, they would - in remarkably short order - leave Google, Microsoft, Nokia, Sony, et al, far behind and dominate the interconnected electronic landscape for years to come.
We'll see what they do...