Why Apple’s ‘iTablet’ will succeed

“The Apple tablet, if it arrives, is an extension of a design that already has mass appeal–and does not require a leap of faith to believe it will succeed,” Brooke Crothers writes for CNET.

“The Apple iPhone and iPod are arguably small tablets–and consumers have demonstrated unmistakably that they love these devices,” Crothers writes. “So, a larger, more versatile version of the iPod makes perfect sense.”

MacDailyNews Take: Ah, logic. Somebody tell these bozos/hit-whores:
CNET writer explains why consumers won’t buy tablets – August 07, 2009
PC World writer: Rumored Apple tablet is a train wreck – July 27, 2009
TheStreet.com’s Moritz: Apple’s ‘iFlop’ tablet ‘shelved’ until 2010 (with video) – May 21, 2009
TheStreet.com’s Scott Moritz foments: Apple’s unannounced tablet will flop – March 24, 2009

Crothers continues, “Think of it as a mobile Internet device (MID). Or whatever you choose to call it. The point is that it’s designed around wireless connectivity and real portability. It’s very thin, very light, has a larger screen than an iPod, and, most importantly, comes with an inspired user interface.”

“There will be losers in the market, of course. PC makers who continue to sell bulky warmed-over laptops with a clumsy interface will be greeted with limited consumer acceptance–as in decades past,” Crothers writes. “The Apples of the world will succeed.”

“In short, I don’t need a smaller version (i.e., a Netbook) of something I already have. As a secondary device, it should be different than my primary laptop and provide a different kind of utilityt,” Crothers writes. “My prediction: 2010 will be the year of the re-conceived tablet.”

Full article – recommended – here.

44 Comments

  1. Winblows tablets suck soooo bad it is unreal that any company would ever release one. They are like using a 1995 Compaq with Winblows 95 on it. Unpatched. And with minimum specs. And you spilled coffee on it a few months ago.

  2. It’s the same logic as when Steve intro’d the iPhone. He could have called it any number of things, including a pocketable computer, but he didn’t, because people weren’t buying those things. They were buying cellphones. So, surreptitiously, Steve sold them a Mac pocketable computer.

    Any new device will be a takeoff on the iPhone and iPod touch which we already know sells like hotcakes. This is the Gruber of Daring Fireball explanation of Apple’s approach. Iterate, iterate, and iterate some more. That’s why I expect a 5″ iTab.

  3. It would be great to have a device that ran the iPhone OS and Dashboard. This would tap into the large supply of widgets already out there. Also makeing it easy to learn how to write apps for the Mac. Dashboard would be hard to use on a iPhone, but not a tablet. This would be a great product for several marks that are undeserved now.

    However I think Apple will introduce a new MacBook, and iMac before a tablet. This will come out right when PC prices will go up because of the price for Win 7. PC’s will then have to compete with features not price.

  4. Folks, nobody knows why an ‘iTablet’ will succeed. The reason is that they aren’t Apple and can’t think innovation. They only think evolution. So they thought the iPhone would be just a ROKR with a better interface. We are just going to have to wait and be amazed.

  5. “The Apple iPhone and iPod are arguably small tablets–and consumers have demonstrated unmistakably that they love these devices,” Crothers writes. “So, a larger, more versatile version of the iPod makes perfect sense.”

    2 + 2 = 4! So obvious (once it’s pointed out.)

  6. Since at this point we are all guessing what the actual “tablet” will be, it is a bit difficult to predict how it will srll. having said that, I am struggling to understand wher it fits. I love the fact that I can carry only one device [iPhone] in my pocket. If im going to carry a 2nd device, why not my 13″ macbook? What am I missing?

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