Will anyone be able to compete with Apple’s revolutionary iPad?

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“If you want to buy a consumer-friendly tablet computer today and you don’t want to purchase Apple’s iPad, you’re pretty much out of luck,” John D. Sutter reports for CNN.

MacDailyNews Take: If you want to buy a consumer-friendly tablet computer today, why the hell wouldn’t you want to purchase Apple’s iPad? What, did you hit your head or something?

Sutter continues, “The iPad currently has no real competitors, and the touch-screen computer is so far ahead of the market that it has some gadget makers running back to the drawing boards, according to technology industry analysts. ‘In essence, what Apple has done is created a wake-up call to the rest of the industry — that they need to look at what they’re offering,’ said David Daoud, research director for the firm IDC. ‘They raised the bar significantly.'”

MacDailyNews Take: Apple. The alarm clock of the clueless.

Sutter continues, “Tech analysts still expect as many as two dozen different tablet computers to go on sale before the end of the year. But they say it’s questionable whether any of the devices will be able to replicate the iPad experience, which includes not only hardware but also a phone-like operating system, a touch-screen interface and a robust app store.”

MacDailyNews Take: “A phone-like operating system.” Yet another paradigm defined for the world by Apple. (Yes, despite its now-outmoded name, Apple’s iPhone OS (OS X) is much more than a “phone-like” OS. It really does need a new name, Apple.)

Sutter continues, “Meanwhile, it appears that some of the most-talked-about iPad competitors may be getting retooled to better compete with Apple’s high-profile gadget. The HP Slate and the Microsoft Courier — two prototypes of iPad-like devices — were both expected to go on sale later this year.”

MacDailyNews Take: Exactly who expected that and do they have any cash? We ask because we’ve just taken ownership of a very nice bridge in Brooklyn and…

Sutter continues, “Apple’s success is ‘causing a lot of tablet entrants to rethink what they’re bringing to market and how it’s being used by consumers,’ said Van Baker, an analyst at Gartner Inc.”

MacDailyNews Take: What else is new? Steve Jobs defined the personal computer (three times so far, maybe four: Apple II, Mac, Mac OS X, and perhaps iPad) — the portable media player and online media store (iPod and iTunes), the so-called “smartphone” (iPhone), the Multi-Touch™ user interface (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad), and the tablet (iPad).

Sutter continues, “Baker’s company predicted that, of the 10.5 million tablet computers he expects to be sold this year, the majority will be from Apple. On Monday, Apple announced it had sold 1 million iPads in the 28 days since the gadget went on sale.”

MacDailyNews Take: Another analyst who’s forgotten to factor in Christmas and Apple’s imminent international iPad rollout.

Sutter continues, “Other tablet makers will have to get in the game soon to have any chance of competing with the Cupertino, California, company, which also makes the popular iPhone and iPod, said Ashok Kumar, senior technology analyst at the investment group Rodman & Renshaw. ‘You need to have a product on the shelf by fall to make the holiday deadline,’ he said. ‘If you miss that window of opportunity, you essentially give Apple an insurmountable lead.'”

MacDailyNews Take: Surely Eric T. Mole can have his boys, along with HTC or some other collection of too many cooks, shit something out by Christmas for the morbidly befuddled market, right? Barring patent infringement injunctions, of course.

Sutter continues, “Leslie Fiering, a researcher at Gartner, said as many as two dozen consumer-friendly tablet computers — also sometimes called slate computers — will debut by the end of the year. It’s unclear who the main competitors will be, she said, but it may take more than a year for other companies to create a product “ecosystem” that is as useful as Apple’s.”

MacDailyNews Take: Yeah, it’ll probably take more than a “year.” (Hoots of laughter ring throughout the cavernous hall of the palatial MacDailyNews HQ.)

Sutter continues, “Daoud, from IDC, said he doesn’t expect any iPad alternatives this year, in part because the iPad has been so successful. He expects Apple to come out with a new version of the iPad before another tech company takes its first swipe at the idea.”

MacDailyNews Take: Sing it, Roy!

Sutter continues, “It’s unclear exactly what the leading rivals to the iPad will look like, and who will make them, the analysts said. But one thing is clear: They will have some catching up to do.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “silverwarloc” for the heads up.]


  1. “Tech analysts still expect as many as two dozen different tablet computers to go on sale before the end of the year.”

    Two Dozen?!?! Do they have any clue where they’re going to find 24 tablet manufacturers? I don’t think I can name that many vaporware manufacturers, let alone hardware manufacturers.


    Linux (yeah, I’m really stretching now)

    Where the heck are they getting two dozen from?

  2. Catching up indeed… I would suggest the lead is already insurmountable for at least 5 years. iTunes is how old? And is only recently mature enough to handle the load of making all things multimedia and print available to all.

  3. What’s even more amazing is the fact that the integration of the technology that goes into the iPhone,iTouch, and now Ipad is not revolutionary. No one will be able to match Apple’s computer interface. The iPhone has no match after how many years!

  4. Imagine that, a company raised on the principles of doing work for the passion of it, of making your work your art, is kicking the living shit out of companies that are raised in Harvard business school, etc. What’s their strategy? How do we make the most money from the givin circumstances. And they are good at it. The USA is getting shit on at this very moment. But I digress. I just think it’s hilariously beautiful that a crazy lsd tripping liberal Steve Jobs is kicking the SHIT out of those guys.


    Never in my WILDEST dreams did I think Apple was going to stick it to the competition this badly.

    It’s the Greatest Story Ever Told.

    Keep up the Grateful work boys and girls the best has yet to come.


  6. Why are these competitors only now running back to the drawing boards? The iPhone OS has been around for three years.

    Speaking of misnomers, iTunes urgently needs a name change to iMedia.

  7. The way I see it, Apple will have a lock on the tablet market for quite a while. Even though the competition has had years to copy the iPod Touch, none did. Now that the iPad is out, we hear that both HP & M$ have killed their current tablets due to the obvious inferiority of their product.

    Whomever may come out with an Android tablet, it won’t have the elegance of an iPad because the PC crowd hasn’t figured out that this is a new market for consumer appliances, not a netbook replacement. They will make it thick, heavy and clunky as they don’t get the fact the iPad is a Kindle killer, not a laptop replacement.

    Like the iPhone, this product is a game changer and it will take a year or two for the competition to catch up. While they may add extra features with the benefit of being able to build on the iPad model, by that point iPad v2 or v3 will be out and Apple will still own the market.

    Bottom line: There’s no better time to buy an iPad as the prices won’t be coming down anytime soon as there is no competition and the demand will only get stronger. The new iPod Touches may give some insight as to what v2 may look like, but Apple probably won’t put all the iPhone/Touch features on the iPad for at least 2 years in order to differentiate.

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