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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[5]: What a stupid article.
by rhavyn on Tue 22nd Nov 2011 23:00 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: What a stupid article."
rhavyn
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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.
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I'm not sure if you're disagreeing with me or not. I clearly didn't say they were first, I said they were fairly early. And for the portable MP3 player market, they were. I mean, they were competing with devices like the Diamond Rio 500, IIRC. In any case, it was still a tiny market and they quickly dominated it.

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.


I agree, it is a similar case, which is why I think looking at the iPod is a better example than looking at the iPhone for how the tablet market will shake out.

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RE[6]: What a stupid article.
by Laurence on Wed 23rd Nov 2011 11:22 in reply to "RE[5]: What a stupid article."
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I'm not sure if you're disagreeing with me or not. I clearly didn't say they were first, I said they were fairly early. And for the portable MP3 player market, they were. I mean, they were competing with devices like the Diamond Rio 500, IIRC. In any case, it was still a tiny market and they quickly dominated it.

Sorry, I should have been more clear.
I was disagreeing when you said that Apple were early to market. I don't think they were. I think they were the 1st to create a desirable consumer device, but that's very different to being early to a market.

When creating a successful product, making it desirable is just as (if not more so) important as being early into the market. Obviously if you're early and desirable, that's a bonus. But I think where Apple excels is sitting back and learning from the failures of others before releasing their own gadgets.

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