Linked by Yoni on Fri 18th Jan 2013 21:56 UTC
Apple "Never mind the fact that the iPod turned the entire music industry on its head. Never mind the fact that most successful notebooks today resemble designs first popularized by Apple. Never mind the fact that the blueprint of the modern day smartphone remains the original iPhone. Never mind the fact that competitors are scrambling wildly to copy the success and design of the iPad. Forget all of these things, because when it comes to Apple, the 'what have you done for me lately?' mentality reigns supreme."
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tomz
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2010-05-06

Long before the iPad, or the iPod touch, there were the Nokia tablets. Yes, tablets, though they were phone-pocket sized. The N770, N800, and the sunlight-readable N810. SD card slots, touchscreen, (OTG) USB port. Ran flash. I did in 2008 what I do on my similar Android media player in 2013. Microsoft had tablets. Others were available. Remember the Palm and Handspring before they were cellphones?

Steve Jobs defines the platform - allowing economies of scale, there are millions of Apple fanbois who will buy the product, so it is a hit.

Even if there was a better Android tablet for a year before the iPad, it would be ignored or complained about. Because it wouldn't have been Apple. You weren't locked into iTunes and their App store. It would have GPS on non-cell devices and a removable battery, maybe a real HDMI, USB, and SD card port (Toshiba Thrive!). But unless Steve Jobs comes out and says "you need *this*", it doesn't matter.

Apple does innovate, but less than imagined. They are high-priced, high margin. Anyone would love a Ferrari or Lamborghini. The trick is to make one affordable.

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MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

If only fanboys buy iPhones/iPads what did they buy before?

Macs? Then the OS X marketshare would be way bigger.

Most iPod/iPhone/iPad users own a Windows machine and aren't fanboys at all.

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