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[6]: Reward Apple?
by UltraZelda64 on Wed 15th Aug 2012 06:32 UTC 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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RE[7]: Reward Apple?
by Bobthearch on Wed 15th Aug 2012 13:36 in reply to "RE[6]: Reward Apple?"
Bobthearch Member since:
2006-01-27

The first Apple I can remember seeing without a floppy was the "Cube." The problem, at the time floppy discs were still very much in use, especially among small alternative operating systems.

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RE[8]: Reward Apple?
by henderson101 on Wed 15th Aug 2012 15:34 in reply to "RE[7]: Reward Apple?"
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2006-05-30

It was the iMac. The original Bondi Blue iMac had no floppy. The cube came a lot later than that.

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RE[7]: Reward Apple?
by chiwaw on Wed 15th Aug 2012 16:17 in reply to "RE[6]: Reward Apple?"
chiwaw Member since:
2006-02-05

I don't understand the relation between an OS and the dropping of a legacy hardware tech... that's two completely different things.

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