Originally Posted by sprockkets
Really? Vaporware? They just announced their tablets like a week and a half ago.
Three months from now if there is nothing, that's vaporware. Sheesh.
Originally Posted by Offthewall
Yes actually it's vapor if you can't buy it now. Three months from now (if that's really when these products become available) they will be competing with whatever Apple has out then (Apple's vaporware today - iPad 2).
The iPad 2 is not vaporware, because Apple hasn't said a word about it. All we (think) we know about it is due to leaks and rumors.
The others qualify as vaporware without us having to wait 3 months, because we have waited three months for such announcements in the past. Last year there were loads of announcements, including the famed Courier, which possibly never existed outside of the prototype Ballmer held in his hands. What happened to them? As soon as Apple announced the iPad, they all got very quiet and went back to the drawing board.
"Vaporware" simply refers to an announcement with any or some or most of the below attributes:
• an attempt to garner attention in the space
• an attempt to freeze the market and slow the uptake of actual shipping devices
• wishful thinking
• panicked reaction to a successful product, followed by "now what do we do to pull this off"
• reassurance to shareholders that something is being done in the space, hoping that the announcement will be forgotten in 3 months
• raising false expectations, yet again, saying, "this time it's different"
• a best case scenario, with the understanding that 3 extra months to wait, and half the features is good enough
• if a product materializes and it actually meets expectations, it will be because the expectations have been lowered due to past record and no-one is expecting much.
• acting like, "this is easy, any of us computer guys can just walk in here and make a tablet"
•*thinking, "no-one got fired for putting Windows on a device"
• thinking, "Android is more popular than iOS, our tablet is gonna rock!"When
Apple announces the iPad 2 (which we all believe to be in production right now), you will be able to order it within a few weeks, it will have the price and the specs and the features they say it will have (if not more features and OS updates); and it will exceed the already high expectations. Apple has a proven track record of being pretty much spot on almost all the time, and it is hard for others to match it.