Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Jan 2010 19:45 UTC
Apple In what everybody already saw coming for weeks (months) now, Apple has just unveiled its latest product, a tablet called the iPad. Basically a bigger version of the iPhone, Steve Jobs presented the iPad during a press event in San Francisco. The most interesting news? It's powered by... An Apple processor, called the A4. The most shocking news? The price.
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by moleskine on Wed 27th Jan 2010 21:11 UTC
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Hmmn, you buy an iPad and with it, for a monthly subscription, you also buy a channel package - a bundle of newspapers and magazines, delivered daily over the air courtesy of iTunes. Or perhaps you would prefer a bundle of videos, or both, or more. Apple takes a generous cut and passes what's left on to the publishers. Yup, I see this device as a conduit and if it is relatively inexpensive to buy then the cost of actually using it to do much more than play Solitaire will probably turn out to be reassuringly expensive. This is all about getting in there and trying to own the territory and establish income streams from big media's content before the wintel boyos get a chance. Locking out Intel in favour of a homebrew chip probably isn't a coincidence.

If there is a catch then where I live (the UK) it is that over-air content delivery is already so congested it barely works. One thing which could really dent the iPad is lack of capacity in mobile networks.

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