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Apple opens up availability of its popular iPad

Apple's iPad has been a huge success for the company. The 9.7" device -- which is available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities in both Wi-Fi-only and 3G versions -- has reinvigorated consumers' interest in tablet devices and competitors are readying their entries into the field.

IPads have been selling at a furious pace, and after only initially being available in Apple Retail Stores, Apple's online store, and Best Buy, Apple is now spreading the wealth to Amazon.com and Target.

Target will also start a new promotion on October 17 which will give Target credit card holder a 5 percent discount on the purchase of any iPad. For those that purchase a 64GB iPad Wi-Fi, that would amount to a discount of $35.

Those who purchase from Amazon.com can get a "discount" of their own -- that is if they live in a state where Amazon doesn't have a business presence -- thanks to there being no sales tax on the purchase price of an iPad. However, if some states have their way, this is a loophole that will be soon closed.

Apple's iPad will be receiving an update this November which will bring it in line with its iPhone and iPod touch siblings. IOS 4.2 will bring third-party multitasking, folder support, and wireless printing to the iPad.

RIM has announced its oddly named "PlayBook" which is being marketed as a business tablet. The device features a 7" display, dual-core Cortex A9 processor, 1GB of RAM and runs the BlackBerry Tablet OS. Likewise, Samsung is close to releasing its 7" Galaxy Tablet which runs Google's Android 2.2 operating system.



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RE: I wonder...
By Gio6518 on 10/5/2010 12:11:51 AM , Rating: 3
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Windows 7 is a much bigger competitor to Android than to Apple. Both Android and Windows 7 have the same customers - the handset makers and the carriers.


Put down the crack pipe already, it would be a competitor to all smart phones, but if anything, the attraction (if any) would be to current Blackberry customers. Blackberry was smart to release the new Blackberry Torch to get a jump on Win mobile 7.

iOS and Android is a different class, for lack of a better word "Toy", where Win mobile and Blackberry have always been more geared towards the working profesional.

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Windows Phone 7 needs to be "immediately successful" for the company to regain its credibility


That's pretty much dead on, problem is that most people have already invested much into their current smartphones, like apps that they have purchased, and their not partically willing to have to re-buy new apps for a new OS. They need to market to young individuals getting ready to make their first new phone purchase.


RE: I wonder...
By robinthakur on 10/5/2010 8:16:24 AM , Rating: 2
Blackberry Torch was a horrible flop reminiscent in look of the doomed Palm Pre. Alot of previous BB only houses are now looking seriously at iPhones and Androids in the corporate environment due to the overwhelming demand from their users. If you think the BB Torch got the jump on Windows 7 through virtue of an early launch, then if that's MS's competition, their are nil...

Your outdated view of iOS and Android being toys is also rather telling. Apple have supplied management suites for the iphone in a business environment for a while now, with features like encryption, remote kill etc. so the notion that they are toys is now false. The iPad maybe, the iPhone nope. I concede that I don't know how easy it is for Androids to be locked down, however.

At the end of the day, its unlikely that Windows Phone 7 will succceed. It is 'late to the party' in the sense that it has two very popular players with mature OS's and feature sets with a colossal amount of apps already available for them. If the entire weight of developers developing for the old WiMo didn't make that successful how do you think the new Windows 7 will be when interest in developing for it is slim to non-existent...

Add on top of that the current lacking features which are inexcusable at this point, and all that is left is the interface which, forgive my scepticism, is unlikely to give Steve jobs sleepless nights.

I begrudgingly agree with Swash that Google is the competition for MS, not Apple. Apple controls everything from hardware and software downwards, which is why they make so much money. With Android you have a bevvy of manufacturers making very little profit from their phones running the free OS from Google in a race to the bottom. MS is following the latter model in a very crowded marketplace. Somehow I don't think anyone (possibly outside of Dailytech commenters) is thinking "Oh I'll holdoff on my iPhone4 or Android purchase because WP7 is just around the corner" I do hope it succeeds for MS sake as to have two flops in a row (with the Kin held up as one of the worst product failures of all time) would be carelessness. It would integrate well with a MS desktop/server environment so I'm hoping it succeeds just so nobody asks me to get SharePoint working on a Blackberry ever again :(


"A lot of people pay zero for the cellphone ... That's what it's worth." -- Apple Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook














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