Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum
Why couldn't Apple do this starting today -- why wait for iPad3 or even iPad2?
The reinstall drive already exists,
The AirPort Express already exists.
MobileMe already exists.
iTunes Music Store and App store already know everything you've bought from them.
The North Carolina Data Center already exists.
The Airport Express (package, as described) is the digital hub between all the services in the home to all the services in the cloud.
Originally Posted by nht
Why do you need the Airport express at all? Not sure why you need the reinstall drive either but I guess it's nice to have.
If you wanted to force them to buy an Apple router I would make the base a iOS based TimeCapsule and allow it to store media for all iDevices including the aTV for those times the network is down and you can't see the NC data center.
$299 for an iOS based TimeCapsule to replace the host computer. Maybe buy the iHome company to get the rights to that name and rename it the iHome.
Ahh... I wasn't going to force them to buy anything. I was thinking that Apple could:
-- combine the Airport Express within the iPad charger as part of the iPad package
-- combine MobileMe (some minimum) as part of the iPad package
Depending on how aggressive Apple wanted to beL
They could offer only 1 SKU -- the iPod Package at the Current Price
A second SKU -- an iPad only at a reduced price (say $50 less).
You need the reinstall drive if the iPad bricks and you don't have convenient access to another computer.