Originally Posted by White Rabbit
SD slot no way, Apple does not do this type of thing, defeats their philosophy of the concept of cloud computing, streaming is their way.
Apple has no cloud computing philosophy or strategy... not publicly... not yet
Google laid their connected computing cards out a long time ago and they see us moving to a very much "thin client" world where everything (applications, data, services etc) live in the cloud. The client (and they don't particularly care what that client is) is not much more than a device to host the UI.
Of course Android seems to throw a spanner into the works, but it's just a means to an end. Google's philosophy and end-game remain the same. Your data lives on Google servers and is accessed using Google Web Apps.
Microsoft have also staked their cloud computing ground. Some of the results are similar to Google in that Microsoft support Web Apps for data consumption and some creation, however this is seen as more of a fall-back strategy which highlights the key conceptual difference between Microsoft and Google.
Microsoft sees the cloud as a tool to facilitate the synchronization of a users digital life across devices, and a platform that provides services that can be consumed by those devices. Web Apps are there if needed, but the primary way of accessing your own data is from a application on a Microsoft device that controls the UX and synchronizes data to/from the cloud as required.
Apple at the moment
are a mixed bag. On one hand they have Mobile Me - niche and underutilized - along with iPhone and iPad, which are more an extension of your desktop than of your cloud enabled digital life
... then on the other hand they have Apple TV, the poster child for thin client
I keep saying things like "yet" and "at the moment" because we all know Apple is working toward something
... and we know it's going to be big. I hope (and expect) they will follow Microsoft's path rather than Google's. I also hope (and expect) they will put their own spin on it that leaves everyone thinking "why didn't we do that?!?".