Crowds, long lines greet arrival of Apple’s revolutionary iPad in South Korea

“South Korea joined the iPad party on Tuesday, with familiar long queues for the tablet computer on launch day,” Jung-Ah Lee reports for The Wall Street Journal.

“One hundred selected customers who preordered the device lined up at a branch of mobile carrier KT Corp. in Seoul, waiting to get their hands on the gadget,” Lee reports. “As seems to be customary for Apple product launches around the world, the first of them arrived before dawn.”

Lee reports, “The tablet device, which is initially only being sold via KT, goes head-to-head with Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy Tab, which was released a few weeks earlier.”

MacDailyNews Take: Gee, how will Apple’s iPad ever be able to compete with a derivative, too-small, plastic piece of junk running a derivative OS not meant for so-called tablets?

Lee reports, “KT is retailing the 16GB iPad with Wi-Fi and 3G for KRW218,400 ($190) and a monthly payment of KRW46,750 for 4 gigabyte data service under a two-year contract.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The 7-inch tablets are tweeners. Too big to compete with a smartphone and too small to compete with an iPad.

Almost all of these new tablets use Android software, but even Google is telling the tablet manufacturers no tot use their current release, Froyo, for tablets and to wait for a special tablet release next year. What does it mean when your software supplier says not to use their software and what does it mean when you ignore them and use it anyway?

iPad now has over 35,000 apps on the App Store. This new crop of tablets will have near zero.

Our potential competitors are having a tough time coming close to iPad’s pricing, even with their far smaller, far less expensive screens. The iPad incorporates everything we’ve learned about building high value products from iPhone, iPods, and Macs. We create our own A4 chip, our own software, our own battery chemistry, our own enclosure, our own everything. And this results in an incredible product at a great price. The proof of this will be in the pricing of our competitors’ products which will likely offer less for more.”

These are among the reasons we think the current crop of 7-inch tablets are going to be DOA. Dead On Arrival. Their manufacturers will learn the painful lesson that their tablets are too small and increase the size next year, thereby abandoning both customers and developers who jumped on the 7-inch bandwagon with an orphaned product.

Sounds like lots of fun ahead.Apple CEO Steve Jobs, October 18, 2010


  1. Hi Ballmer’s left nut,

    If 100 people / devices do not count, then I assume the same rule can be applied to the Microsoft Zune, Table, Store, … If 100 doesn’t count then a tiny hand full of possible real customers hiding in the crowd of people hoping to get a free concert ticket don’t count either.

  2. @Jersey_Trader
    I couldn’t agree more. I’m not a fan of Microsoft products either despite my nick. Not that my namesake isn’t trying to single-handedly destroy MS either. Can’t blame him the poor sod, having a bald head can warp your thinking.

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