Originally Posted by pmz
Still waiting for a decent argument from someone with a brain between their ears, to explain to me how its not significant that an iPad cannot be TURNED ON, or updated, without an actual PC?
Some people are just unimaginably arrogant. Do you read before posting a response? It's very clear to me that the iPad is BETTER than most pcs that have ever existed, and many that exist now. This is not a debatable subject. It's frigging GOOD. Hell I'm using one right now.
But if i didn't also own an iMac, which is a PC, it would still be sitting here with the connect to iTunes screen. This isn't some arbitrary inconvenience, it's the essence of a stand alone device vs. an accessory device CATEGORY.
If that is the distinction that you choose to differentiate a computer from an accessory -- then without the simple reinstall drive, a MacBook Air would be an accessory device.http://www.apple.com/macbookair/specs.html
We all know the MBA is a computer.
So, the MBA gets:
-- initial OS from a reinstall drive
-- its OS updates from the Internet
-- its apps from the Internet via Mac App store
-- its content from the Internet and/or the iTunes store
-- its sync data from the Internet
When you think about it logically, how difficult would be for Apple to include an iOS reinstall drive with the iPad?
The infrastructure is already in place to do the same services for the iPad as for the MBA.
The iPad would have the option to get those services directly (as does the MBA) or through iTunes running on a local Mac/PC/Home Server -- because the services can be provided faster, staged through iTunes, than accessed directly, on demand, from the cloud.
So, we're talking the throw-away cost of an iOS reinstall drive as the differentiator.
I'll see your bet -- and raise you an iPad recharger/power supply that includes an AirportExpress, iTunes Music store and App store account (based on device ID), a MobileMe account based on deviceID.
Now, by your definition -- doesn't that make the iPad better qualified as a standalone device than the MBA.
Just because Apple hasn't done it, yet
-- doesn't mean they won't!