Bloodbath: Why Apple’s iPad is the most hated gadget ever

“As the Apple iPad succeeds beyond expectations, it leaves in its wake an enormous body count of dead and dying products,” Mike Elgan reports for Cult of Mac. “While consumers love it, several major industries have grown to hate it. And for very good reason.”

“It wasn’t supposed to be like this. The iPad was supposed to usher in a new era of tablet computing, creating a thriving new market that looked a lot like the world of smart phones,” Elgan reports. “After gaining an early lead, the iPad was supposed to settle in as a big seller, dominating the high end of the market. Android tablets were supposed to grab most of the unit sales, offering a variety of successful sizes, options and price points. And tablets running proprietary platforms like HP’s WebOS and RIM’s BlackBerry Tablet OS were supposed to bring healthy new sources of revenue to those companies.”

Elgan reports, “But that’s not what happened. What happened is that Apple has asserted an unshakable lead, and no other company other than Amazon has taken significant share.”

MacDailyNews Take: Define “significant” and then provide proof of your last statement, otherwise it is nothing more that regurgutated Amazon PR pablum.

Elgan continues, “What’s worse, the vast distance between expectations for non-iPad touch tablets and the ugly reality is causing havoc and possibly even wrecking companies and even transforming entire industries.”

MacDailyNews Take: Steve Jobs’ specialty. What he set in motion will take many years to play out.

“The first major casualty was the HP TouchPad, which shipped July 1. Although HP had enormously high hopes for the tablet, its reception in the market was so bad that seven weeks later HP announced the termination of all WebOS hardware products,” Elgan reports. “The bloodbath was just beginning. Next up: RIM.”

In the full article, Elgan covers:
• Why Vertical Tablet Makers Hate the iPad
• Why The Toy Industry Hates the iPad
• Why the PC Industry Hates the iPad
• Why Amazon Will Soon Hate the iPad: “The Amazon Kindle Fire is the only non-iPad touch tablet currently succeeding in the market. The main reason is price… It has also become clear in recent weeks that the Kindle Fire is a piece of crap.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Mmm, bloodbath. 😉

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

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55 Comments

  1. Only Apple has perfected in its tablet form the art of hardware/software integration while creating a robust 3rd party developer ecosystem. Until another company achieves a similar mix (very doubtful), this bloodbath will continue unabated.

      1. my brother in law has been complaining about his blackberry to his company for months.
        They told him he had to wait until November to get a new phone… Well he put in the paperwork to get a new phone, they Asked him if he wanted to try an iPhone! He has to wait until last week to actually get it (and had no clue which iPhone either)
        They sent him an iPhone 4S!

        He’s already talking about switching his house entirely to Mac.

        All apple needs to do is get one device/Mac in a household… Apple has a huge halo effect. Google/ms has one also, but it’s a toilet effect.

        1. I agree, I bought an iPod in 2005 followed by a iMac 2006, iPhone 2007 MacBook pro 2011 iPad 2011. My mother in law has seen how much I love my apple devices and has gone on to buy an iMac and iPad this year, my son got an iMac and my daughter an iPhone.. People see how well these products work and they go get one no matter the price.

  2. It’s the content, stupid.

    Not only is the iPad by far the best tablet in the marketplace (and I will summon a horrible death upon anyone who uses “slate” – Ballmer/Monkey Boy’s chosen moniker), but the ecosystem of apps / music / movies / TV / books and more via iTunes gives Apple an unassailable moat around the castle.

    Lack of content is keeping miserable, cork-soaking bastiches like Samsung out of the running. By the time Microsoft climbs into the ring, it will be too late.

    I like our strategy. I like it a lot.

      1. The whole post is deliciously peppered with several such sparkling gems (unassailable moat… cork soaking… summoning a horrible death…). Nicely done, Mr. Anger (assuming that’s Ed’s surname)

        1. “Cork-soaking bastiches” is a memorable line from the 1984 comedy movie “Johnny Dangerously” by a character who just _butchers_ the English language. I wish Ed Anger had somehow worked “fargin iceholes” into his post.

          1. I didn’t think ANYBODY remembered “Johnny Dangerously.” Lots of that Kukoff/Steinberg stuff, “Fargin Icelhole,” in particular, remain embedded in my brain t this day. Man, am I old.

    1. There’s more to it than content, stupid.

      Just look at the original iPhone – no content except built-in apps, and access to a world wide web filled with flash and non-mobile optimized websites. It still permanently redefined portable computers and changed the world, despite a complete lack of content. Perhaps software and hardware design are important too.

  3. The question is- why did it take so long for some people (critics, pundits) to figure out that the Kindle Fire was crap? It seems they are easily amused by anything new, and the rest of us get called “fanbois.”

  4. He was right when he said the Fire was crap! Bezos is an idiot and his gambling with shareholder money is irresponsible; and his ridiculous “business” methodology cannot be sustained.

    Samsung will continue to eat it’s losses, because of their blind envy and hatred for Apple. Why in the world would anyone want a tablet that they need to run antivirus on? Norton is the biggest virus out there.

    1. Warren Buffett chose to invest in Amazon over Apple and the Oracle of Omaha is never wrong. He likes Jeff Bezos’ buffoonery because Jeffy knows how to take risks. Jeff Bezos has decided to take down Apple with the Kindle Fire and a yet-to-be-announced Amazon smartphone. Jeffy figures he’ll cut Apple off at the knees and boost Amazon’s share price by 20%.

      What investor wouldn’t approve of that strategy? Think about it. Jeffy was able to take a mediocre, by anyone’s standards, 7″ display tablet and sell millions of them to budget-minded consumers and the media loved it. David felling mighty Goliath with a $199 stone. Who doesn’t love that sort of fairytale story.

      1. Well, time will tell – but I had a Kindle. Got a chance to try an iPad & immediately bought one, gave the Kindle away and never looked back.

        If the Fire is as bad as it sounds, it isn’t gone’ fly.

        1. I think iPad 2 will still have some life in it yet when version 3 comes out. Still guessing in 2012:

          $99 AppleTV
          $199 iPod touch
          $199 Kindle-murdering E-ink reader
          $299 IPad mini
          $399 IPad 2
          $499 iPad 3
          $799 Macbook Air
          $999 iMac
          $999 – 1999 Apple Television

          someone iCal me. (hehe)

  5. It is not just the tablet.

    Apple introduced it, added the support ecosystem, introduced the next model quickly, brought developers on board w/expectations of sales &/or advertising, brought users and industries in with the ability to quickly generate needed apps.

    In other words, what may have taken a decade in the past has now been achieved in a matter of about 2 years of public use (for sake of arguement at least).

    Apple recognized that to keep their lead (as opposed to their UI in the 80s), they would have to push hard on all fronts all the time.

    Any competitor had to do likewise or be trampled by the crowds heading to the Apple Store.

    Absolutely brilliant on Apple’s part and they had the $s to do it and do it fast.

  6. “MacDailyNews Take: Steve Jobs’ specialty. What he set in motion will take many years to play out.”

    The only iPad competitor with the financial strength to fight this battle is Samsung, and they will only achieve a very distant second place. Unlike the PC wars, this one won’t last three years.

    1. Gregg, agreed; many years…like about 2 more.

      A Pad survivor either becomes totally vertically integrated QUICKLY and controls their own OS, somehow mimicking Apple’s tight control and security, or they will be hopelessly behind in 2 years.

      I think Apple used software to predict how fast they had to move and what they had to control waaaay back when the iPod started to ramp and they saw they could do a iPhone and iPad and compared it to how their competitors would react AFTER Apple released their “i” products.

      My best guess is they quickly realized that a full court press for years on advancing the technology would cause most competitors to fall by the wayside for one or more key reasons associated with both $, time and OS control.

      Apple has shown a brilliant case study in how to create and keep a whole new iPad product ecosystem category to itself, mutilating every competitor who tries to merely compete on hardware alone.

      The deluge of in-house applications for corporations that are out & still being developed are going to lock in a lot of companies and their users to the iPad for a very long time.

  7. With every new device being blogged as the next iKiller or labeled that by the manufacturer, their hatred of Apple is their own fault for thinking that they were/are going to be the next big iDevice leader. Shucks, why doesn’t a company just make and compete on its own merit and aim for a very small niche at best – rather than blogging the world of their great vision and miss by shooting themselves in the foot, or mouth rather. Their own disdain of Apple is the result of their own misguided reality distortion!

    1. Exactly.
      When the iPod launched, it wasn’t launched as “the RIO killer” or whatever – it wasn’t even available for PCs.
      It was a niche-product, that grew.
      HP and RIM had “growth-products” that shrank.
      Maybe some people should think of that.

      1. Far from a perceived “niche player”, the iPod was the sounding bell for massive changes ahead in the Tech industry. The big Apple wave began in earnest the moment Apple made a Windows version of iTunes. It’s been nothing but tsunami season since that fateful day.

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