Last week Apple CEO came off his medical leave to make a special appearance and announce the iPad 2…
Actually I was going to go into a long detailed recap of the event and tell of all the features of the iPad 2. But in my opinion there’s nothing ground breaking. Apple released this product to stay competitive. Yes it has dual-cameras (a front facing and a rear facing camera). It has a dual core A5 processor. It is thinner than the iPhone 4. All of these were necessary for a next iterative product, but all of these were also what was expected of Apple. Apple added things, especially the cameras, that were hoped and expected to have been included in the first iPad. Apple is very smart in its consumer purchase strategy. These types of iterative upgrades and additions worked on its iPod line and somewhat in the iPhone devices, why wouldn’t the same strategy work in the tablet market?Here’s why: the price. iPods may be expensive, but no where near as expensive as the price of a tablet. Sure no one wants to spend another $150 - $200 on a newer model iPod. But if I purchased an iPad for $500, I’m definitely not going to get a new one just because they added some cameras. People are hurting in this current economic landscape and the tablet market is a new field that people are still trying to not only understand but to also fit this device into their lives. If the manufacturers like Apple or Motorola or Research In Motion (RIM) or Samsung or any of the other tablet makers want to market tablets as laptop/netbook replacements that’s all well and good, but they need to have the product cycle stand as if consumers are going to hold on to these devices for more than 9 months.
What are my thoughts on the new iPad? It’s going to sell well, as Apple products generally do, but I don’t think this product is worth the hype. If you already have an iPad I wouldn’t upgrade to this 2nd generation tablet from Apple. If you don’t own a tablet already, then I would wait before purchasing this device. Sure it has all the hype surrounding it, it has tons of apps. However I see the forecast for tablets and it’s about to be a downpour of devices from HP, RIM, Samsung, Motorola, HTC, Dell all of which could possibly fit into your life better than an iPad. They may not have all of the apps, but in this new market place having apps isn’t going to be the prime selling tool. I believe if you can find a tablet that will fit seamlessly into your life and complete the tasks that you need it for than it will be the correct tablet, the correct extension of your computing life for you.
New products are always coming out, this is true, but Apple don’t make consumers who have purchased your device feel as though their product which may be no more than a few months old feel as though they are driving a Ford Model T in 2011.
Samsung Sold 600,000 Tabs…but there’s no Newspaper
Its Thanksgiving Week!!!…which also means it’s Black Friday Week…which also means the holiday shopping experience is upon us. #Fact: I don’t really like shopping. #DoubleFact: I REALLY don’t like shopping when I can’t find a parking spot and the stores are packed. But that’s days are not here yet (although they will be soon), what is here however is some insightful stories about technology…so let’s get to the tech.
- Netflix changes its pricing structure and introduces a $7.99 streaming only plan. Now the streaming only Netflix is the same price as Hulu Plus, but the price to get DVD rentals has increased.
- The news on the street is that Steve Jobs and Rupert Murdoch are working on a iPad only newspaper. Cool, but what would that look like. TechCrunch has some ideas...
- The New York Times has an article about being young and growing up with technology. The always-connected generation is seeming always-distracted. Ironic?
- Saw this article at the beginning of the weekend about finding the killer apps on android. After reading this…I have some disagree fragments…but I pretty much agree.
- Didn’t realize that the Samsung Galaxy Tab has sold more than 600,000 units, maybe this will help to create some killer apps on Android.
Good morning and welcome to Hump Day!!! Don’t worry half the week is over and done with and you only have 2 more days to go until the weekend. You can do it. So grab you cup of coffee and let’s cook up some tech.
- So Hulu Plus, the streaming service that lets you watch tv on your Xbox, iPad, iPhone, PS3, Roku, and other devices, recently dropped it’s price from $9.99 to $7.99…is that going to be enough to grab more customers? I suggest that they get rid of some ads and add more content to the paid service…usually giving people more when they pay for stuff helps.
- I’m very much into ways that I can cut cable out of my life. Here’s another set-top box, the Boxee Box reviewed by Engadget. In short, the review states they want to like it…but like Google TV it’s still not there yet.
^ A Browser Fight Between the iPad vs the BlackBerry PlayBook…this is awesomely cool ^
- As stated yesterday, people can finally get the Beatles on iTunes. Apparently a lot of people already have because every Beatles album (including the Box Set) is in the iTunes Top 50.