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Apple CEO Steve Jobs holding up the iPad.  (Source: NYDailyNews.com)
Next-gen device will be lighter, thinner, and sport a front-facing camera

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that a new version of Apple's iPad -- one with a faster processor and at least a front-facing camera -- is now being manufactured.

Despite earlier reports of improved resolution, the unnamed sources in the WSJ report fail to corroborate that rumor, saying that the new iPad will have a resolution similar to its first-generation cohort. "People familiar with the situation said Apple has had trouble improving the display technology, in part because of the iPad screen's larger size compared with the iPhone," WSJ reports.

However, the new device is allegedly lighter and thinner than the current iPad, will boast more memory, a more powerful GPU, and will sport at least a front-facing camera for video conferencing. 

Since its debut in last April, the iPad has reportedly moved 14.8 million units. The iPad 2 is expected to launch in the next few months, and will be available from both Verizon and AT&T at roughly the same price as the current model. Analysts Piper Jaffray & Co. predict Apple will move 27 million iPads this year, while others predict a number as high as 35 million units.  

Meanwhile, research firm IHS iSuppli believes that the iPad's market share could decline to less than 50% of the tablet market that by 2013.



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I don't get it
By superPC on 2/9/2011 8:36:45 AM , Rating: 3
apple sold 2 million tablet a month and everyone scrambling in to the tablet market. back when netbook were gaining popularity acer and asus sold similar number of netbook a month ( http://www.dailytech.com/Netbooks+Grab+Nearly+20+o... ) and most of PC manufacturer were wary of netbook rise of fame. so if in the same time frame tablet and netbook sold at nearly the same number than why do everyone want to get in on tablet craze while back then most stay away from netbook?




RE: I don't get it
By cjohnson2136 on 2/9/2011 8:41:33 AM , Rating: 3
One word "Apple" that is the only reason two similar situations would have such difference results.


RE: I don't get it
By Denigrate on 2/9/2011 9:19:44 AM , Rating: 4
Correction. Media giving Apple felatio on a constant basis is why the difference between the rise of the Netbook and the rise of the tablet.


RE: I don't get it
By Flunk on 2/9/11, Rating: 0
RE: I don't get it
By SPOOFE on 2/9/2011 2:39:51 PM , Rating: 2
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the netbook was always a flash in the pan technology

It's essentially the same technology as laptops; CPU, RAM, HDD. Just smaller, lighter, and not at all aimed at high-performance users. There was a brief flare of uber-popularity, but I think netbooks will settle into a solid niche once all the hooplah completely dies down.


RE: I don't get it
By bah12 on 2/9/2011 10:02:45 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
Correction. Media giving Apple felatio on a constant basis is why the difference between the rise of the Netbook and the rise of the tablet.
Also known as Apple PR. Every guy knows that it takes skill to get felatio! Sure those that can't evny/hate that guy, but he's still a genius either way.


RE: I don't get it
By acase on 2/9/2011 4:31:01 PM , Rating: 3
Maybe...but in your scenario Apple consumers are fat chicks.


RE: I don't get it
By bah12 on 2/9/2011 4:49:49 PM , Rating: 2
LAWL touche my friend :)


RE: I don't get it
By Solandri on 2/9/2011 2:40:51 PM , Rating: 2
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Media giving Apple felatio on a constant basis is why the difference between the rise of the Netbook and the rise of the tablet.

That's basically it. Apple was the only hardware manufacturer willing to play ball with the print publishing industry (newspapers, magazines) when it came to electronic publishing of their periodicals. That's why the iPad is so locked down - can't install apps outside of the App Store, no USB, no external storage, can't print. It was all done to appease the publishing industry's concerns about people copying the electronic versions of their publications.

In return, the publishing industry lavishes Apple and the iPad in particular with abundant attention and praise. They want it to succeed, market forces be damned, because they see it as their messiah which will lead them into the holy land of electronic publishing without having their business models overturned like MP3s and filesharing did to the music publishing industry. There's an enormous bias in the publishing industry in favor of the iPad, and a bias against open tablet platforms like Android.


RE: I don't get it
By SPOOFE on 2/9/2011 2:47:13 PM , Rating: 2
Occam's Razor says otherwise: The iPad became the first popular tablet because it was the first CHEAP tablet.

Price, price, price. Why do so many people have a hard time realizing that, up 'til the iPad, tablets were treated as niche products for limited markets with the resultant high prices to match?


RE: I don't get it
By NellyFromMA on 2/15/2011 10:05:18 AM , Rating: 2
It was hardly cheap, particularly the 3G version. Also, its quality was sort of lack luster. Lets not forget the glaringly obvious fact that it was essentially a macro-iPhone / iPod Touch. Apple sells product great and makes excellent margins, but that has nothing to do with consumers benefitting. They got the same thing, just bigger. It didn't take a genious to figure out the crippling part of the 'smart phone experience' was the small form factor. It just took a company that loves exploiting its fan base for huge dollars to do it. Go figure.


RE: I don't get it
By robinthakur on 2/24/2011 11:03:09 AM , Rating: 2
Apple has always been looked upon beneficially by the print and publishing industries, this is nothing new. They concentrate obsessively on the same things, unispace fonts, widely used design programs, beautifully designed products, colour accuracy etc. The fact that they are now doing really well, as opposed to barely holding their heads above water just makes the evangelism easier for the industry. In terms of the control Apple exerts over content and the DRM, which hardly any iTunes user is aware of until they decide to buy a device not from Apple, this is also in the content producer's interests, obviously because they lose less to piracy. Open Platform and no DRM is effectively industry over for them, I wouldn't think that any industry wants that... The fact that the devices are well designed, pretty and shiny to look at means that for once, technology does not sit uncomfortably with popular design and fashion. I would say that it's unheard of for most media outlets to really get excited of their own volition about any technology articles (bar videogame consoles, once in a blue moon) beyond what the company's PR is putting out, but Apple succeeds where others fail in this regard.


RE: I don't get it
By Da W on 2/9/2011 9:45:35 AM , Rating: 2
The market is gonna be saturated with tablets very soon. In a rich economy, explosive growth don't last long. Netbooks just proved it, 90% growth, 25% growth, -5% growth in 3 years.


RE: I don't get it
By Einy0 on 2/9/2011 9:52:53 AM , Rating: 3
Simple the Tablet is the form factor people have been searching for since they started using computers on the go. Bravo to Apple for being the first duck in the pond. I think the iPad will remembered as a revolutionary device even though it was an iPhone/iPod Touch with a bigger screen glued on... j/k


RE: I don't get it
By therealnickdanger on 2/9/2011 10:29:37 AM , Rating: 3
Yeah, I blame sci-fi. The earliest days of science fiction told us that someday the world could be held in the palm of our hands. Doctors, soldiers, CEOs, etc. would be able to do their jobs better if they had some "device" in their hand that could scan, detect, contact, or inform the senses.

Apple arguably pioneered the market with the Newton, but Palm and Microsoft carried the market into the 21st century. I do find it somewhat ironic that despite having almost a decade of XP tablet PCs available, people are clamoring to buy products that do LESS. Anyway, if Android Honeycomb and Ice Cream can help solidify and unify the non-Apple tablet makers, I think they next 2 years are going to be amazing.


RE: I don't get it
By Pirks on 2/9/2011 10:46:30 AM , Rating: 2
I do find it somewhat ironic that despite having almost a century of pickup trucks available, people are clamoring to buy bicycles that do LESS.


RE: I don't get it
By Shadowmaster625 on 2/9/2011 11:18:51 AM , Rating: 2
Your comment might make sense if bicycles costed more than pickup trucks. If APply made a bicycle I'm sure it would cost more than a pickup truck.


RE: I don't get it
By Pirks on 2/9/2011 11:25:19 AM , Rating: 2
Your comment might make sense if iPads costed more than WinXP tablets.


RE: I don't get it
By The Raven on 2/9/2011 3:09:43 PM , Rating: 2
Umm.. I think the problem with you original comment Pirks, is that it would be like if bikes were invented after the truck and it wasn't until Apple created a Nth gen bike that didn't have bells and whistles on it and couldn't go offroad.

And to be honest, it is great to have another option. I and others just don't like how simple minded people are when they fall for the marketing tricks of Jobs and co.

But back to the OP's question, I think that many companies see that they missed the boat on the netbook craze and want to capitalize on this craze.

Personally I think that the netbook was a great idea even moreso than the tablet which is just a bunch of hype. Tablets have been around for sometime now and all the sudden people want one. Sounds like a fad to me. Like the librarian who takes her glasses off and lets her hair down, now everyone is interested in reading. But how much reading actually goes on in that case? Hmmm?

The netbook really was like the flood of Japanese compacts in the 80's. Well result wasn't the same (or at least isn't yet) but the lead up seems so. We were trying to get bigger screens, more powerful GPUs, etc. to make the most advanced desktop replacements. Then Asus comes out with the Eee and bam. Everyone was thinking, "Hey, you know what, I really don't need a 17' screen to check my e-mail real quick." or "This little doozy would be great for Grandma."

What happened next was people started to clamor for something smaller like the Eee and later the iPad.


RE: I don't get it
By SPOOFE on 2/9/2011 4:28:21 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I and others just don't like how simple minded people are when they fall for the marketing tricks of Jobs and co.

And I think it's your own hubris and bias to say they're falling for "marketing tricks". The simpler solution is that Apple saw an opportunity and went for it; tablets have always been niche devices with very uninteresting support and options.

I mean, look how hung up you guys get on a simple (and apt!) analogy. You're just trying really, really hard to invent reasons why the iPad is not a good product, so hard that there's no room in your brain for "Well, maybe it IS a pretty good product."


RE: I don't get it
By Alexstarfire on 2/10/2011 1:53:13 AM , Rating: 2
The iPad isn't a good product for most people. Then again, I think that also applies to nearly all, if not all, tablets. The tablet, at least iPad size, doesn't seem like a good fit to me. 10" tablets seem too big to replace a laptop. A 7" one could be a good fit, but I haven't actually used one enough to know. Might be just a bit too small.

And I know you might say it's not meant to replace a laptop, but think about it for a second. If a tablet isn't meant to replace a laptop and a laptop isn't meant to replace a desktop then you basically have 4 devices to do almost the exact same things: phone, tablet, laptop, and a desktop. That just doesn't make sense to me.

These new tablets and the classic/original/old tablets have largely different markets. The iPad targets consumers, based on price alone, while the other tablets, namely Windows, were more for business users. No one argues that the Windows tablets weren't far more versatile and more feature rich; however, they also came with a high price.

I have to agree with SPOOFE when he says Apple just got it in the right price range. I still think that even in that price range a notebook is a much better option but it consumers something to think about since the prices are pretty similar.


RE: I don't get it
By SPOOFE on 2/10/2011 3:23:06 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
If a tablet isn't meant to replace a laptop and a laptop isn't meant to replace a desktop then you basically have 4 devices to do almost the exact same things:

Did you know that there are people that own more than one TV? Shocking, I know! They own multiple devices that do the exact same thing! Why would people do that? Don't they know they only need one of a thing to do the things that that thing does?

quote:
That just doesn't make sense to me.

Do you always do a given thing in the same spot at the same time with the same purpose? Or do you use items in different ways depending on your desired task?


RE: I don't get it
By robinthakur on 2/24/2011 10:00:27 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
The iPad isn't a good product for most people.


I don't know where you pluck this statement of fact from. I'm pretty sure that 'most people' browse the net, do their email and view pictures on computers. They probably do office program stuff as well, but generally that's on business machines at work, not their home machines.

The iPad is perfect for all of those uses apart from business use, and I know several businesses (Banks and recruitment mainly) that have deployed iPad's to their workforce. For many users the iPad could easily replace their laptop and for a slightly smaller number, it could replace their desktop too. Chuck in the games and it could replace your PSP/DS all for about £4-500. Tablets before the ipad ran to about £1500 minimum, were bulky, ugly and heavy and ran Windows, an OS designed for high res monitors and KB and mouse combos. As people write less these days (in general) handwriting recognition is far less appealing than it was in the early 90's.

Note that this assumes that 99% of everybody does not want to edit and transcode HD videos or create 3D animations in Maya or play Crysis 2, which is accurate...

Is Apple's lead in the Tablet market unassailable? Certainly not. Do I think the competition on the market at the moment is a complete joke compared to the admittedly limited usability of the iPad? Absolutely. The problem is that despite both Android and Apple having App Stores, the Apps I tried on Android (on a Galaxy Tab) seemed to run shockingly badly if they even ran at all and in general, you can see why it is a one horse race currently. The innovative apps which have been written for the Appstore extend the iPad's utility immeasurably and this is for some reason not taken into account alot of the time.


RE: I don't get it
By The Raven on 2/10/2011 11:11:42 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
And to be honest, it is great to have another option. I and others just don't like how simple minded people are when they fall for the marketing tricks of Jobs and co.

Why do people leave these things off of their quotes?

I was addressing the fad. And yes people who follow a fad are simple minded (with respect to that fad. They might be geniuses regarding other things).
quote:
The simpler solution is that Apple saw an opportunity and went for it

This is Apple saying that blue is the new black and nearly nothing more. If HP, MS, Sony or anyone else would've done the same exact thing (even with a real OS on it), it would be a different story. They are the Flava Flave of the PC world. Hype machines.

Steve Jobs is so hot right now he could take a crap, wrap it in tinfoil, put a couple fish hooks on it and sell it to Queen Elizabeth as earrings.


RE: I don't get it
By SPOOFE on 2/10/2011 3:31:13 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Why do people leave these things off of their quotes?

In this case, it's because I didn't want to quote irrelevent text.

quote:
I was addressing the fad.

With the implicit assumption that it IS a fad. Tablets have been around for a decade. Fad?

quote:
And yes people who follow a fad are simple minded (with respect to that fad. They might be geniuses regarding other things).

You made the baseless assumption that they "fall for marketing tricks". Instead of whining about how I didn't quote everything you wanted me to quote, maybe you should be supporting the claim that "marketing tricks" are what's driving iPad sales, as opposed to some other phenomenon?

quote:
This is Apple saying that blue is the new black and nearly nothing more.

This sentence is just meaningless drivel. If you want people to quote more of what you say, then say things that are less inane.

quote:
If HP, MS, Sony or anyone else would've done the same exact thing (even with a real OS on it), it would be a different story.

It's fun to make claims that are physically impossible to disprove. How's this? If HP, MS, Sony or anyone would've done the same exact thing, it would have been essentially the same exact story.

You seem to think the iPad exists in a vacuum. It doesn't. Tablets have been around for a long time. Tablets have driven very hype-filled news stories for a long time. A smart person looks at all the variables and tries to narrow it down to as few variables as possible. What's the biggest difference between the iPad and previous tablets? Price! All else being equal, cheap stuff sells better than expensive stuff! Is this some amazingly difficult concept to grasp?


RE: I don't get it
By NellyFromMA on 2/15/2011 10:10:15 AM , Rating: 2
How can all else be equal... Even a Windows XP tablet can do infintitely more than an iPad... Don't get me wrong, I don't even think the two are comparable even in their target audience, but to say the price difference is the only variable is a bad claim. an iPad is by far a less capable device. That doesn't make it a bad one and in fact it does a lot of what its target audience needs, but it doesn't do so at a value. To claim it does is turning a blind eye to many obvious facts.


RE: I don't get it
By slacker57 on 2/9/2011 2:46:50 PM , Rating: 2
I don't really care about the topic at hand; I just can't stand when people don't know how to make a proper metaphor.

This is a straw man argument. People in the market for a bike are not the same people in the market for a truck. The previous argument was about brand difference. I'm pretty sure Ford doesn't make bikes.

The argument you need to use would be something of this nature: "I do find it somewhat ironic that despite having almost a (long period of time) of Brand A's 18-speed bikes available, people are clamoring to buy Brand B's 10-speed bikes that do LESS."

Or you could change it to car brands and go with V8s vs. V6s or something instead of 18-speed vs. 10-speed.

Also, you'd have to prove that people really are "clamoring" for Brand B's product more than Brand A's, and so you're really expecting us to believe that there is a clamor on out there for bicycles? I have not been to a BMX website in a long time (well, ever -- they still make bikes, right?) but I bet there isn't a sold-out preorder for the newest model.

So, basically, just post what you mean instead of trying to be clever.


RE: I don't get it
By SPOOFE on 2/9/2011 2:51:26 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
People in the market for a bike are not the same people in the market for a truck.

Not NECESSARILY the same. There's obvious overlap.

People in the market for a tablet are not necessarily the same people in the market for a laptop. The analogy is sound.

Think of it this way: How many people own both a truck AND a bike? How many people want to buy a new truck if they already own a truck that does exactly what they need their truck to do?

quote:
so you're really expecting us to believe that there is a clamor on out there for bicycles?

Ah, I see, it's not the analogy's fault, it's yours for reading irrelevencies into it.


RE: I don't get it
By Quinocampa on 2/9/2011 10:58:02 AM , Rating: 2
<homer>
Mmmm...Honeycombs and ice cream...
</homer>


RE: I don't get it
By Motoman on 2/9/2011 10:53:56 AM , Rating: 1
Apple wasn't the first in the tablet form factor.

They were the first entry to the market with a built-in army of zombie consumers who mindlessly do whatever they're told to.

And realistically, as we have seen, it isn't even important that Apple products have expected feature sets, have good engineering (and therefore work as intended), or even good quality. Apple is in a very special position that in all reality no one else will ever attain - and it hasn't got the slightest thing to do with their products, but rather is a really interesting study into human behavior.


RE: I don't get it
By SPOOFE on 2/9/2011 2:43:53 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
They were the first entry to the market with a built-in army of zombie consumers who mindlessly do whatever they're told to.

Or maybe they were the first to treat a tablet as if it could be a mass-market product, with price and support to match. Can you think of another tablet product that came out at $500 with the sheer extent of essentially specialized software for it? If you can, that would legitimize your assertion.


RE: I don't get it
By michael2k on 2/9/2011 11:52:35 PM , Rating: 2
Apple's Newton MessagePad in 1993 kinda qualifies as the first tablet form factor, actually.


RE: I don't get it
By Pirks on 2/9/2011 10:20:34 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
why do everyone want to get in on tablet craze while back then most stay away from netbook?
Compare profit Apple gets from one tablet sold, and profit that Acer gets from one netbook sold. See any difference?


RE: I don't get it
By omnicronx on 2/9/2011 12:13:02 PM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately, for once Pirks is correct.

Profit margins were and still are pretty much nothing as far as netbook sales are concerned.

So you guys can give the conspiracy theories a rest on this one ;)

Though the OP's comment does seem to have some merit in previous instances, just not with netbooks.


RE: I don't get it
By artemicion on 2/9/2011 12:50:01 PM , Rating: 2
Second. I remember when the netbook craze was gaining traction, PC manufacturers complained that the netbook was cannibalizing their profits from more expensive machines.

Not only profit margins, but also people who own netbooks can probably get away with not owning another computer more easily than people with tablets. I'm running with a desktop + tablet right now. I can't imagine running with just a tablet.


RE: I don't get it
By Shadowmaster625 on 2/9/2011 11:16:41 AM , Rating: 2
Netbooks and iPads are not the same market. Netbooks are $300 something devices, or even cheaper. iPads are twice the price and many who buy them also buy a monthly subscription and also spend $20-$50 a month on "apps". These are dumb yuppies dropping 2x 3x 4x even 5x the money a netbook costs. They would never buy even a high end netbook like the Hp Pavilion Dm1z because it makes too much sense. The Hp Pavilion Dm1z can do so much more than any iCrap anywhere near this price range. But that does not matter to brainwashed yuppies. Only the tv ads matter to yuppies.


RE: I don't get it
By Drag0nFire on 2/9/2011 11:45:30 AM , Rating: 3
I think one key factor is that (rightly or wrongly) netbooks are viewed as competing with traditional desktop and notebook pcs (which have a higher profit margin). Thus, if Apple made a netbook, it might lose sales of its MacBooks.

A tablet does not truly replace a traditional pc, so manufactures do not hesitate to enter the market.


RE: I don't get it
By theapparition on 2/9/2011 1:28:13 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
A tablet does not truly replace a traditional pc, so manufactures do not hesitate to enter the market.

I'd personally agree with you for technophiles, but unfortunately for most consumers that is not the case.

A tablet can surf the web, read and compose email, update social networking status, and run some rudimentary games and applications. That's 90% of casual use right there. For many, that's 100% of thier requirements in a computer.

Let's take the always popular hypothetical "grandma". What use will she get out of a PC that eclipses that of a tablet? How about the "soccer mom" demographic? Or the trendy cafe yuppie?

Business users will almost always require the more power and content creation abilities of a full OS. Same with gamers, just for the power aspect. But tablets offer instant on and touch friendly OSs in a simplified form. That's what many people have been looking for.

The reason why previous tablets did so poorly was because they were on non-touch optimized OS and required PC level hardware, custom miniature packaged (read expensive) in a tablet form factor. Windows tablets were around for ages, but usability was mediocre and prices make the $800 Xoom look like a super bargin. Apple didn't innovate. In fact they've rarely innovated. But they do know how to simplify, improve and market.


RE: I don't get it
By SPOOFE on 2/9/2011 3:03:06 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Business users will almost always require the more power and content creation abilities of a full OS.

But they're also just the sort of consumer likely to want or need (and be able to afford) multiple gadgets.


RE: I don't get it
By BZDTemp on 2/9/2011 1:53:07 PM , Rating: 2
Because it's a new market.

Yes, some people will choose not to buy a laptop because they get a tablet but most will get both so that's why everyone is gunning for it. That, and also new tech means higher profit margins for a while.


RE: I don't get it
By SPOOFE on 2/9/2011 3:05:07 PM , Rating: 2
Most people have a computer. Most people have a computer that already does pretty much everything they need. The most common exception are gamers, and instead of getting a tablet they'll buy a new graphics card. For everyone else that would never consider a new graphics card... why not a tablet?


RE: I don't get it
By wallijonn on 2/10/2011 4:10:58 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
... in the same time frame tablet and netbook sold at nearly the same number than [sic] why do [sic] everyone want to get in on tablet craze while back then most stay [sic] away from netbook?


Look at that picture again. It readily explains the difference between the tablet and the netbook. The netbook, being more like a laptop, has a screen wider than it is longer, while the tablet is more of a book or DVD/BD case device - it is longer than it is wide. Now add the touch pad and people were freed of keyboards.

What the iPad needs is the ability to play DVDs and BDs, along with SD card inputs, USB expandability (say, keyboards for people who like to type with both hands), HDMI output to a larger TV, a Blue Tooth wireless controller for phone calls, wireless stereo headset for movie watching, etc.

And yes, being able to output to a printer...

If it just a matter of the printing industry supporting it because they want to lock down the device, then the eBook tablets are way cheaper than the iPad, and as such should decimate iPad sales.


Incremental additions
By brshoemak on 2/9/2011 8:55:01 AM , Rating: 2
I'm glad Apple didn't increase the resolution or really add anything besides a front-facing camera. Otherwise, what would they have lined up for iPad3?

To anyone who thinks I am just trolling, keep in mind the INSANE profit margins on these things and that a higher resolution/quality display purchased at volume would still net Apple a huge profit. You also can't tell me that Apple, the geniuses of design that they are, couldn't figure out how to make a higher quality display work.

It's like the iPhone - they know what the end-user wants from day one but just dole out one piece of the pie at each hardware refresh.




RE: Incremental additions
By Denigrate on 2/9/2011 9:21:47 AM , Rating: 2
Apple knows the iSheeple will be along quickly to gobble up any "new" product they release. I'd like to see the storage closets of the iSheeple. Probably loads of perfectly functional, aside from the usual Apple engineering issues, tech sitting un-used.


RE: Incremental additions
By Hiawa23 on 2/9/2011 2:20:49 PM , Rating: 2
Apple knows the iSheeple will be along quickly to gobble up any "new" product they release. I'd like to see the storage closets of the iSheeple. Probably loads of perfectly functional, aside from the usual Apple engineering issues, tech sitting un-used.

LOL, Isheeple? You guys are brutal


RE: Incremental additions
By SPOOFE on 2/9/2011 3:08:48 PM , Rating: 2
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Apple knows the iSheeple will be along quickly to gobble up any "new" product they release.

Especially products that, for a change, beat pretty much any direct competitor on price.

If you were right, and it was simply a matter of "iSheeple", the Motorola Xoom would be coming out for $399 instead of $799. I think the iPad is the first Apple product in recent memory to NOT rely heavily on the "iSheeple" effect.


RE: Incremental additions
By omnicronx on 2/9/2011 9:24:05 AM , Rating: 2
You are just trolling, it has been mentioned time and time again why a resolution bump did not make sense this time around.

ITS NOT FEASIBLE, even for Apple.

It makes little sense to change the resolution until they can come close to being a 'Retina' display. At this time the technology just is not here yet for the cost that is required.

Had they bumped it up only a little, then we would be sitting with several different iPad resolutions that developers would have to code for as one would think they would eventually do a full 4x pixel bump to put it in Retina territory. That would be a developer nightmare and would go against everything Apple has done in the past. (3 iPad resolutions in 2 years which is unacceptable)

There are more reasons but I have little time and must go..

Do a little research before merely assuming because its Apple they are trying to gauge us.. (And I'm not saying that they have not done this stuff in the past, but you flat out mentioned trolling but clearly did not do your research)


RE: Incremental additions
By Solandri on 2/9/2011 3:13:19 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
It makes little sense to change the resolution until they can come close to being a 'Retina' display. At this time the technology just is not here yet for the cost that is required.

Actually, I use my tablet PC to display sheet music. It's 12.1" 1400x1050 and acceptable for an entire page of music with all the little flags and dots easily visible. I've tried it at 1024x768 and it just doesn't cut it. The panel technology and price point have been here for a while now. My tablet was made in 2004. I don't want nor need a retina display, but something closer to 150 ppi would be nice.
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Had they bumped it up only a little, then we would be sitting with several different iPad resolutions that developers would have to code for as one would think they would eventually do a full 4x pixel bump to put it in Retina territory. That would be a developer nightmare and would go against everything Apple has done in the past. (3 iPad resolutions in 2 years which is unacceptable)

I really don't understand this line of thinking. Resolution-independent formatting was licked back in the 1980s with WYSIWYG, Adobe Type 1 and True Type fonts, and bicubic interpolation of images. Ironically, it was Apple which really pushed the industry into this. Developers complaining about having to recode their app for multiple resolutions simply coded their app wrong in the first place, assuming a fixed resolution. You're supposed to code it with a target ppi in mind, and let your rendering engine take care of the scaling. Instead of coding your dialog box to be 200x100 pixels, you code it to be 2x1 inches. The OS then tells your app the screen is 100 ppi and scales it accordingly. The only parts which should be difficult to scale are the UI components, but the OS should be handling those, not the app.

I suspect the reason for a lack of resolution increase has more to do with the slow pace of improvement in the capability of low-power video chipsets. Most of the R&D on video goes into the high end 3D video cards. Low-power video is usually an afterthought.


RE: Incremental additions
By sxr7171 on 2/9/2011 9:48:34 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, it's all about offering the absolute minimum beyond the nearest competitor. Last year there was no competition so it was absolutely bare minimum: a bigger iPod touch.


RE: Incremental additions
By Misty Dingos on 2/9/2011 10:09:48 AM , Rating: 2
Troll on brother! Amen!
Was there not an news article that essentially stated Apple corporate policy was that there would be no rapid improvements to a product. Everything would be incremental so as to produce as much profit as possible and incur as little production change expense as possible. And as a corporate policy it makes perfect sense.

If your marketing team can sell the product as is (or with tiny cheap improvements) then why provide improvements that you have to pay for in multiple ways.

Apple is in business to make money not provide you with the best technology possible. They just tell you that.

Remember. The cake is a lie.


RE: Incremental additions
By Quinocampa on 2/9/2011 11:06:06 AM , Rating: 1
I played the original HL. I should've stuck around 'til Orange for this pop cultural reference. I like it! I think I'll wear the T-shirt at work.


RE: Incremental additions
By vol7ron on 2/9/2011 6:57:23 PM , Rating: 2
I never really got into HL, since CS was available.


Let's see here...
By Motoman on 2/9/2011 10:51:13 AM , Rating: 2
...thinner, lighter, faster...

The original one had issues being used in warm weather outside by the pool...which is probably where a lot of tablet users imagine themselves using their tablets...

...what are the chances that they're going to make it thinner, lighter, and faster and also fix the inherent engineering flaws that make their device impossible to use in some highly desirable conditions? Like...outside in the summer?




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