Apple Online Store“HP’s new CEO Leo Apotheker said in an interview late Thursday that at least some of the webOS hardware due at the February 9 event will ship quickly,” Electronista reports. “He promised the BBC that these would be real, near-term introductions and that the hardware would be ready ‘just a few weeks later.’ The company was backing away from the mistakes of premature announcements that it made with devices like the Slate 500, which was unveiled in early January 2010 but didn’t ship until October and had lost nearly all attention to the iPad.”

Electronista reports, “‘HP will stop making announcements for stuff it doesn’t have,’ Apotheker said.”

MacDailyNews Take: Now, that’s innovative – for HP.

Electronista reports, “He also revealed the surprise that a second, possibly even larger introduction would come on March 14. Although not saying what it would involve, it would be a ‘secret answer’ to competitors and a ‘vision of what HP is capable of in the future.'”

MacDailyNews Take: Even greater ink cartridge ripoffs? Plastic printers that fall apart even faster? Ooh, the anticipation is just killin… Wait, what were we talking about again?

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MacDailyNews Take: Why wait until February 9th or March 14th, when we can ask “where’s the ecosystem” today?

And, by “ecosystem,” we mean everything from third-party accessories for use everywhere and in everything automobiles to airplanes, to iTunes, the iTunes Store, the App Store, the “Developers, developers, developers!” – the whole ball of wax, none of which HP or anybody else has to offer. And, Apple controls all of their OSes and can merge elements of the two at will. Good luck getting Microsoft’s Windows to do the same with webOS, HP. This is your fate for selling your soul to Redmond way back when. Unbelievably, it’s even worse for the rest of the world! Imagine being Dell *shudder* where you don’t even have a poorly adopted “mobile” OS of your own and you’re totally dependent on Microsoft for one thing and Google for another. Have fun getting those two working together!