Originally Posted by mausz
I don't want to repeat my post from the other ipad3 post, but the advancement since the launch of the ipad has not been that great, if your usage pattern is for instance media consumption and not gaming.
We've seen a number of new tablets at CES and the advancements seem to be screen-resolution/cpu mhz&cores.
Unless Apple pulls a real rabbit out of the hat with their iPad3, but the rumours are "just" quad-core and retina display. Although great advancements, they do not change the landscape for a large group of tablet users (the ones who use it for media consumption or reading mail and taking notes)
Originally Posted by mdriftmeyer
Hate to break it to you, but a very long list of Enterprise Customers have written extremely advanced applications for the iOS Platform.
Just because the Consumer space hasn't caught up means the opportunities for such equivalent advanced applications are still wide open. And the Gaming is just beginning. It's an extremely immature market to boot.
The name of the game, at some point, ceases to become further advancement and focuses on becoming the standard. You do this by taking what you have and getting it into where it will be used, not by chasing a technological carrot. It's now about market penetration.
Speaking for myself I am often seeing iPads in music production studios, both high end and project, since a $500 widget and an inexpensive app (V-Control seems to me to be the front runner and it's $50) and you have a control surface that beats the pants off of what would have cost you twice that not too long ago. And I'm constantly seeing discussions in forums about people who bought iPads in order to use them with their audio gear using apps provided free by the designers (Spectrasonics, for example, and they're one of the biggest soft synth companies around. And they don't offer a non IOS 5 version). Countless other examples. They have penetrated as a remote touch control surface. Are there non-iPads doing this? There must be. No doubt at all. Then why are they so rare (in my personal experience)? Because iPads have a well deserved rep for not breaking. The tactile response is good. The support is good. They work. I welcome stories about Android or other tablets as the front end of a recording studio (don't want to step in it with TOO sweeping a statement like I did about feature films and FCP : ) ) so anyone, chime in with some.
I see iPads as added on tablet controllers for audio rigs and RARELY see other tablets in that role. It requires hardware that was done right with support to get there and no one cares about ecosystems or the next version with more or better anything. In that market, and in the enterprise market, like sailor paul's, all that matters is that it works great right now. I disagree that Apple needs to pull a rabbit out at this point. I understand what you're saying, but that's analyst talk. The fact is that Apple has deeply penetrated the non-casual user/useful tool market and I'm not aware of anyone who is breathing down their neck (except via press releases).