Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
Choosing to ignore my arguments when presented, multiple times, ≠ 'not having an argument'.
Total BS. Your only "arguments" have typically been something more accurately called "veiled hints at arguments," presumably so you can dance away from them when they come up short later this month.
To rephrase the ones I've heard you allude to ...
- You often say words to the effect that there is "nothing a smaller tablet will do that the current one won't also do," which is not an argument at all and kind of skirts the whole issue. It's ridiculous on the face of it to suggest that if the only differentiating factor is size, then that there is no differentiating factor at all. It's also just a way of short-circuiting the argument in that you are in the same breath telling us what the main differentiating factor is, while at the same time denying that it's a factor at all. It's also a bald-faced lie in that there are lots of differentiating factors (it's smaller, it's cheaper, it's lighter etc.), which are constantly brought up to you and which you repeatedly and completely ignore.
- You often imply (as above) that there will be "trouble like in the 90's" which as a statement, again has the primary quality of being so vague that you can dance away from what it may or may not mean later on down the line. The easiest assumption to make based on these vague references you make is that you are suggesting that there will be a problem with cannibilisation of sales, which is again a ridiculous argument. If the sales of the iPad can be cannibilised by a smaller form factor, it's fairly obvious that it would be better if this was done by an Apple product and not by a competitor.
That's about as much time as I'm going to waste trying to figure out your hazy thought patterns.
The fact is you have never been very explicit about why you think it would be such an unmitigated disaster for Apple to come out with an iPad mini. I read these forums in detail almost every day and I have never seen you lay it all out explicitly. You're just one of those guys that wants to be right all the time and will push logic to the very edge of believability, and throw decent behaviour out the window just to do so.
I'm almost certain that if anyone ever *does* pin you down on why you think what you do about the iPad mini that we will find all of a sudden that your tune has miraculously changed and that you *do* allow some edge case where it would be a "good idea," simply because the climbdown has to begin sometime, and you are as aware of that fact as everyone who reads you is.