If you don't have a strong infrastructure, you have a house of cards.
This is what the other guys don't get. It's not about a touch interface. It's not about Flash capability. It's not about how many USB ports you have, or whether or not there's an SD slot. It's the infrastructure, stupid!
Apple's success with the iPad began 10 years ago with iTunes. Through iTunes, customers became familiar with a relatively easy to use music player, as well as an easy way to connect and sync with their iPods, and eventually iOS devices. Then Apple made deals with most of the record labels, and eventually film and television studios so that customers could buy movies, music and tv shows via the iTunes interfacean interface customers were already familiar with and used to by this time. This brought in millions of fans to iTunes, because they now had an easy, legal
way to download their favourite songs, movies and tv showsand load them onto their devices. With this huge customer base, it was relatively easy for Apple to coax developers to create "apps" for their new device platformiPhone OS, eventually iOS. Once iOS became a bona fide development platform, the time was ripe for the iPad, using technologies developed for the iPhone and iPod Touch and going further.
Apple's not so much a "revolutionary"
company as an "evolutionary"
company. They just seem
revolutionary in part because of Jobs' showmanship on stage when introducing new products, but more importantly, in contrast to other companies' lackluster, or worse, "rushed-to-market" product announcements.
Apple's success with the iPad was more than 10 years in the making. Other companies seem to think they can match or beat that with products that have been incubating for a couple of years or even less. FAIL!
You want evidence for "Intelligent Design"? Apple is it!