Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 11th Aug 2012 17:22 UTC
Google Nobody needs a tablet, but many people still want a tablet. This is still the core differentiator between a 'real' computer and a tablet. At least in The Netherlands, you can't function in society without a desktop or laptop connected to the internet, so people need a computer. A tablet, though? Hence, the most common thing people have told me when they played with my iPad 2 is this: I'd love to have a tablet, but not for hundreds of euros. Enter Google's Nexus 7, the first 'cheap' tablet that doesn't just validate Android as a tablet platform, but also gives the iPad a run for its money.
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RE[4]: Reward Apple?
by UltraZelda64 on Tue 14th Aug 2012 19:18 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Reward Apple?"
UltraZelda64
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2006-12-05

Don't you think that is flawed reasoning? You could say that to anything. Newton has no merit in discovering trigonometry, because someone would have figured out eventually ;)

Being the first at doing something IS major, no matter how "trivial" you think it is many years after the fact. Apple have been trailblazing a lot of the modern tech world, and that's absolutely admirable even if one hates their politics.

No--after some sleep and able to think somewhat better now, I really see absolutely nothing amazing about Apple removing the floppy drive. They may have done some some truly revolutionary, evolutionary, innovative, etc. things in their history as a company, but removing the floppy is not one of them.

Hell, I hated the floppy disk ever since I first used it, and if I really wanted to I could have removed the floppy drive from all of my computers and replaced them with something more useful, just to get rid of the damn things. Would that have somehow all of a sudden made my computers at the time "innovative" or an evolution beyond others at the time or something? No, I don't think so--and just because Apple started selling machines without the drive by default (requiring people to get an external if they did still need/want it) doesn't make them special. And as I said--it was destined to happen eventually, someone was bound to do it--whether Apple was the one or not.

Of course, I never did that--I just left the drives in there, just in case I ever did need them. And--big shock--on at least a few occasions the thing did come in handy.

Edited 2012-08-14 19:33 UTC

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RE[5]: Reward Apple?
by chiwaw on Tue 14th Aug 2012 20:40 in reply to "RE[4]: Reward Apple?"
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2006-02-05

Oh I would agree it doesn't have the same level of importance as many other things they have pushed forward. But I still think that any company being the first at throwing themselves at criticism for dropping an ubiquitous yet legacy technology is noteworthy.

Edited 2012-08-14 20:56 UTC

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RE[6]: Reward Apple?
by UltraZelda64 on Wed 15th Aug 2012 06:32 in reply to "RE[5]: Reward Apple?"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Oh I would agree it doesn't have the same level of importance as many other things they have pushed forward. But I still think that any company being the first at throwing themselves at criticism for dropping an ubiquitous yet legacy technology is noteworthy.

Apple is able to do that stuff in a heartbeat, because they never had the weight of DOS (specifically, MS-DOS) and the Win9x operating systems on their shoulders to hold them back. Mac is Mac... Apple has done a good job of separating their machines from "PCs." They ditched DOS early, and replaced it with their own GUI and underlying OS way back in history. For them, such things as ditching the floppy is easy... but seriously, as I've said a few times now, it was bound to happen.

Edited 2012-08-15 06:39 UTC

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