Linked by David Adams on Tue 22nd Nov 2011 03:49 UTC
Google With the announcement of its new Search app, Google gave iPad users more than just a slick and well-made native search app that bests the experience on any Android tablet. It also managed to squeeze the core elements of Chrome OS into Apple's ecosystem.
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RE[4]: What a stupid article.
by Laurence on Tue 22nd Nov 2011 21:51 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: What a stupid article."
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On the other hand, there are two markets that Apple entered fairly early and quickly dominated: portable music players and tablets. Personally I think the market landscape of the iPad looks a lot closer to the iPod than the iPhone.

Apple didn't enter early in those markets either.
Portable music players (walkmans et al) had been around for at least a decade before the iPod and MP3 players had been around a few years as well. What Apple had done was popularise an existing geeky product at around the time when the general populous was looking for the next big music platform. While some could argue they created a market there, they certainly weren't the 1st to market - not by a long stretch.

It's a similar case with tablets. Slates and tablet PCs had been around for a decade before the iPad. However in this instance Apple had the brand image from the iPhone that could push their own tablet. In this instance though, plenty of hardware and software vendors (and Apple included) had tried to create a market there for years prior to the iPad and failed. In fact, I'd openly said I expected the iPad to fail as well but clearly it didn't. So to Apple's credit, they really did create an industry there where nobody else could.

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