Originally Posted by Jetz
Sometimes I wonder if it's really battery life or component costs that drive their design decisions....
Let's face it. Apple only has to be marginally better than the competition. And their fans will snap up their products.
Whether that's true or not, it's irrelevant.
The success of the iPod, iPad and iPhone came not from Apple selling to their fans, but from convincing people who were not already Apple customers to buy. The overwhelming success of these products has been because Apple convinced people who were not "Apple fans" to buy. And that requires more than 'marginally better' - especially given all the endless anti-Apple FUD coming from people like you.
Furthermore, it's silly to say that Apple doesn't need to improve even if you ignore that factor. Apple wants to sell more products. Even if their only market were people who were already Apple fans, the faster Apple improves the product, the sooner the 'fans' will replace their older version. Apple has plenty of incentive to improve.
In fact, since Apple is so far ahead of the competition at this point, the latter is arguably more important. Their need to get existing customers to upgrade is probably more of a driver than their need to beat the competition. So Apple has plenty of incentive to improve - even without real competition.
Originally Posted by AppleZilla
I have never seen a tablet in the wild other than iPads. I picture warehouses and back rooms with stacks of unsold non-iPads gathering dust like the crates at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Certainly. Best Buy reportedly sold something like 20,000 TouchPads out of the 300,000+ that had been shipped to them. They were certainly sitting around a lot of warehouses - until HP sold them off at a loss.
Interestingly, that's one of the most interesting dynamics as HP looks for someone to buy WebOS. Given how many Touchpads were sold last month, WebOS may well be the #2 tablet OS in terms of installed base. That gives developers a strong incentive to support it - if someone were to buy the OS and continue to develop it.