Apple's iPad continues to snare new
customers to around the world. Apple was happy to announce earlier in
May that it sold
over one million iPads in less than a month. Today, thanks to the
international launch of the "magical" device, sales have
the two million mark.
This past weekend saw the iPad launch
in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain,
Switzerland and the UK. Some stores even had customers lining
up for hours to get their hands on the device. And as always,
Apple CEO Steve Jobs was more than happy to gloat about his company's
“Customers around the world are
experiencing the magic of iPad, and seem to be loving it as much as
we do,” said Jobs. “We appreciate their patience, and are working
hard to build enough iPads for everyone.”
In other tablet news, Computex 2010
appears to be shaping up to be a showcase for iPad competitors.
Earlier today, we told you about two
new tablets from ASUS.
MSI is also getting in on the action
with the 10"
Wind-Pad. The device features a 1.66GHz Intel Atom processor, 2GB
of RAM, and a 32GB SSD. The device runs Windows 7 Home Premium with a
custom touch-focused UI running on top. Other features include USB
and HDMI ports, Wi-Fi connectivity, and a 3G wireless radio.
According to MSI, the device weighs
1.78 pounds and can operate for up to 8 hours on a charge.
MSI expects to make the Wind-Pad
this year at a price of around $500.
Updated 5/31/2010 @ 11:48 am
OCW has some additional info on the MSI Wind-Pad. The device features a 1.3MP webcam, a GPS receiver, accelerometer, and a host of MSI-specific software to take advantage of the multi-touch screen.
quote: The reason to go with Win7 is 1) compatibility, 2) compatibility and 3) compatibility. How many OSX apps are compatible with the iPad? 0. How many iPhone apps work well (from an interface perspective, because it *is* the same OS) on the iPad? 0. It's a unique platform that for core functionality requires customer software.But for non-interactive content, and for maintenance content, and for administration - I don't *need* the device to have nice touch features. What will be nice is that I can connect my devices together without some idiotic middleware like iTunes.And the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh reasons? Take it, Steve: "Developers, Developers, Developers, Developers." Visual Studio is the best development environment in the world today. Making a device Win7 compatible means that you have access to the best tools, the most resources and the biggest development base. It runs all the API's which across the board are the most advanced in the world. It supports the best hardware in the world.And it does all of this out of the box. Android may match many of these features - but you need a custom(ized) SoC, and special drivers. Atom+Ion runs Win7 and everything else you can think of out of the box.That people who should know better need this explained to them is mind boggling.
quote: a) Tablets are touched based devices
quote: b) Windows 7 is an OS with a crude set of touch commands bolted on top - it therefore offers a horrible touch experience for end users.
quote: c) MacOSX apps don't run on the iPad and were never intended to and never will becuase the iPad runs the iPhone version of OSX
quote: d) iPad can run all 240,000 apps in the App store and there were at 1st May (ie only 4 weeks after the iPad launch) already 4,870 apps specifically designed for the iPad. Many more iPad apps are announced each day.
quote: e) The iPhone OS (which runs on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad) has a huge developer community and a vast number of Apps and the App store has sold billions of apps.
quote: f) Current tablets running Windows 7 are very poor and are selling very badly.
quote: g) Because Windows 7 only offers a sub-standard touch experience it is very likely that apps designed to run as touch apps on Windows 7 tablets will be sub-standard and will sell as poorly as the Windows Tablets.
quote: h) Apple has already sold more tablets (after just 2 months in the tablet business) than all previous Windows tablets ever sold.
quote: i) All the evidence points to the iPad being a huge success in the market and very popular with consumers. Apple will probably sell at least 10 million in year one and even more in subsequent years.
quote: j) The reason the iPad is selling so well is because what it offers is something consumers want (which among other things includes safety, instant on, speed, beautiful design, well designed and stable touch based OS, a huge number of easily bought and inexpensive touch apps).
quote: While I'm not going to get into the particulars of what MS's product can and can't do - I can say I have used *many* Win7 touch devices, and had a great experience on many of those. I would compare my experience to OSX-based touch devices, but there aren't any - so your point is both stupid and pedantic. Native touch app is native. Yes, thanks, now go drink a five-hour-energy and get back to your graphic design project.
quote: ...Well, first of all, iPhoneOS is not the OSX version of anything - saying so illustrates just how poorly informed you are. It's like saying that WM7 is the Phone version of Win7. It's not. Second, you just hit the nail on the head. OSX apps don't run on the iPad! Thanks, you've lost the argument at this point because you conceded my entire point. The rest is just you trying to argue that the iPad makes you feel better inside - which is alright, some people like having objects shoved into their rectums; but it's not for me.
quote: This isn't relevant to the point - a Win7 tablet is more versatile and useful than a thinOS tablet.
quote: What is this, an Earnings Call? For Christ's sake we're not watching a sporting event. Don't point to the numbers and use that as a justification for success - Apple's been selling inferior products at a huge markup for decades, it's nothing new.
quote: I wasn't aware there were any. I hope that helps you understand why.
quote: Most of the software I run on my PC is free. I don't care about App sales - and if you are a user of the platform, neither should you. Free is the best price of all. My browser of choice - free. My media player - free. Steam - free. CSS (a free mod for HL2) is free. I don't understand why people look at "finally having the ability to pay for the little knick-knack apps" as a good thing. I like to keep my money.
quote: This is just flat out wrong. 2 Million versus tens of millions of tablet PC's over the years? You can spout off your zealotry, but let's stick to the facts.
quote: And the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh reasons? Take it, Steve: "Developers, Developers, Developers, Developers." Visual Studio is the best development environment in the world today.
quote: I don't *need* the device to have nice touch features.
quote: Atom+Ion runs Win7 and everything else you can think of out of the box.
quote: Poorly. And that is due to Intel.