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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Comment by moleskine
by moleskine on Wed 27th Jan 2010 21:11 UTC
moleskine
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2005-11-05

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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RE: Comment by moleskine
by kaelodest on Thu 28th Jan 2010 16:33 in reply to "Comment by moleskine"
kaelodest Member since:
2006-02-12

A Few Years Ago

I banned newsprint from my house, I get 90% of my info on the web maybe more. If it weren't for the kids I could drop cable TV. Now If I am guessing correctly this box has most of my entertainment and light browsing functionality right there. I often will check my bank account from my iPhone it takes 8 seconds from a locked phone to get to the login ( after that the network is the slowdown)
I hope the publishers will be able to make a comeback. The people who seem to need 'newsprint' were born before Viet Nam ( the baby boomers) that dawn is long given. I think that I probably consume more independent media now that I can open eight maybe ten news sites at a glance and follow maybe a dozen web comics. A decade ago I doubt that I would read even one paper. Media cries that it is not getting enough from revenue. Well That isn't Apple or Google. they are taking web revenue to support a print shop that is closed

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