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[2]: Reward Apple?
by zima on Sat 18th Aug 2012 23:06 UTC in reply to "RE: Reward Apple?"
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Reward Apple because they seem to be the only computer manufacturer that actually innovates and does risky things successfully.
First computer I ever saw with a USB [...] without a floppy drive [...] to use EFI on a consumer product [...] affordable and available really high resolution displays [...] Lightpeak: Apple.
Every other PC manufacturer is so involved in shipping low priced product that nothing risky is done.

All of those things were not developed by Apple, but by the industry at large (which simply doesn't rush the tech it developed, before it can be really useful, for some pointless PR). Apple "innovates and does risky things" only by piggybacking on advancements of the industry; also exploiting how Macs are just PCs now, they couldn't compete on their own.

Here, in the words of the messiah ( ):
Apple had its head in the sand for the last many years [...] missed out [...] attitude of arrogance [...] the rest of the world passed us by [...] we need to bring the Mac up into the modern world [...] because we weren't first, because we didn't set the standards [...] this whole notion of being so proprietary in every facet what we do has really hurt us [...] reinvent the wheel our own way; and yeah it might be 10% better but usually it ended up being about 50% worse

Also, in the grand traditional of the faithful, you overlook history - the first computer without a floppy drive was probably Amiga CDTV. And, just like iMac, quite universally forcing people into a waste of buying an external floppy drive; in both cases it was simply way too early, without real alternative present yet - that is not innovation
(no pendrives, web access fledgling; if Apple threw into the box a few/dozen-MiB USB drive, that would be innovative; or at least CD writer as standard)

Plus, disconnected from the world at large in your Apple bubble, you have a weird meaning of "affordable"...

And let's not forget how that "innovation" of using a new industry-standard bus (instead of the totally inadequate Mac-legacy ADB), for keyboard & mouse, was accompanied by a) the dreadful "hockey puck" b) building into the keyboard a full USB hub ...only to give it just one port, occupied by a mouse.

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