Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
Yep. They give us the fastest tablet ever made with the best screen on a tablet and the most versatile port on a tablet…
And all people can do is whine.
My question is what Apple will have next spring. While the iPad unquestionably has an advantage in the number and maturity of available applications, the form factor is now dated compared to the ones being offered by a number of others. Sure, you can buy a keyboard from Apple that works OK, but it is clunky and inconvenient to carry around. Some of the third party keyboard solutions are a bit better, but still no where nearly as well integrated as those offered by Asus, among others, or even the new Surface.
One has to hope that Apple is hard at work with something competitive in that regard, but one must also wonder because Apple are spending more on patents and patent litigation than R&D. Even with Apple increasing the amount of funding for R&D for next year, the percentage of revenue devoted to R&D is quite small when compared to some others. That said, Apple have benefited greatly from their association with Intel, not only in the availability of CPUs and retated chip sets, but engineering services that have enabled Apple to better field an array of products. Still, one should be concerned about the company's commitment to R&D. We have seen products which have been "late to market" for reasons that are not abundantly apparent.
Oh, "and one more thing"...Apple continue to not include an SD card slot with the iPad or other iOS devices. I've been advised that an SD card slot is a problem for some corporate and governmental entities. Can't Apple manage to figure out a way to have an option to delete it? It simply can not be that hard to do.