A great piece that is deeper than just “what did the Los Angeles School District’s IT team do wrong”. It exposes about how LA schools are creating the wrong culture and not helping the students develop into responsible individuals.
Ars Technica asks the question, “Third-gen iPad owners: does the fourth-gen iPad irk you?”
I was waiting for fallout over this rapid updating of the 9.7” iPad in just 6 months time. For Apple users they were supposed to have the “latest greatest bestest thing” for another 6 months.
It could be worse. They could have an Android device and have an outdated tablet that is non-upgradeable in 1 months time.
A great piece about how impatient the analysts and pundits are. Apple Didn’t rebuild its company and take over the consumer mobile computing market in a year. Things take time.
Gruber on the rumored 7” iPad:
I bet Apple could make a $199 iPad Mini and turn a profit on it — especially with a $249 version sitting next to it with double the storage. It’s that simple. If Apple thinks people would buy a smaller cheaper iPad and that they can turn a profit making them, they’ll do it. No reason to overthink it.
Keep in mind too that Amazon still only sells the Kindle Fire in the U.S., and Google is only selling the Nexus 7 in three countries — and outside the U.S.it won’t have music, magazines, or TV shows. Even if this iPad Mini doesn’t ship until October, Apple will likely beat Amazon and Google to market in much of the world.
Brilliant point about the international market availability.
$249 price point would be perfect. It would be $50 more than a Kindle Fire and in direct competition with the 16GB Nexus 7.
Surface as a Laptop Replacement
Microsoft unveiled their two new “Surface for Windows" tablets yesterday which has started people talking about how the Surface for Windows products will replace the laptop in a manner that the iPad never could.
stole borrowed the brilliant concept of a magnetic connection for the device’s cover and then built upon that idea by offering keyboards with trackpads on the underside of the cover. This addition allows users who don’t want to type on glass with a software keyboard to feel more comfortable with a physical keyboard, though I don’t want to imagine how oily and smudgy that screen will be without any kind of cloth material to absorb the oil and dirt from a user’s fingers.
Note: It still seems as though the rapid adoption and success of iOS still hasn’t convinced Steve Ballmer or the Microsoft team that you can have a business machine without a physical keyboard. Blast from the past. There are only 2 Windows Phones that provide the user with a hardware keyboard and they are from HTC. None of the Windows Phones from Nokia/Microsoft have physical keyboards.
The keyboard cover is a novel concept for which I applaud them, but I am not exactly sure how this is supposed to replace the laptop. Microsoft’s way of implementing the keyboard and building a kickstand into the Surface product gives me the sense that this “portable/mobile” device is best suited for a table or a desk. Better yet, the Microsoft Surface for Windows seems better suited for a surface than being a “use anytime/anywhere device” like a laptop. If you are going to compete with the laptop you need to have a plan for the main feature of the “laptop” computer, which is “if you dont have a surface to place the computer on you can place it on top of your lap and still be ‘productive’”.
The fact that the keyboard cover, unlike some of the iPad keyboard covers/cases or a laptop, doesn’t provide a rigid foundation for the device to sit on/in makes me think that the keyboard cover and kickstand are worthless without a table, desk, or surface to place the device on.
On top of that, at least the apple “smart cover” folds back to prop up the iPad on a slight angle in order for the user to have a nice solid way to prop up the iPad while you are working in the park and place the iPad on your lap. I have a feeling that users won’t feel comfortable using the kickstand to place the Microsoft surface on their lap while they sit on a bench or sit on the ground, unlike a laptop or an iPad with a smart cover.
I bet you won’t see people using the Microsoft Surface any differently than how they would use an iPad, software keyboard and all, when they are in an environment without any solid flat surfaces.
Amazon rules the world…of Android
Kevin Parish over at TomsGuide.com had this to say in response to Amazon’s quarterly results:
This is what happens when you offer a premium device for a discount price: you rule the world. Customers want a bargain.
Correction… You rule the world of Android with a “
premium mediocre device for a discount price” with approximately 15% of the tablet market share.
Apple still has the majority share of the consumer tablet market with around 57% market share and is dominating the business tablet market.
Added: I personally don’t believe the Amazon Kindle Fire is a “premium” device. It might be “premium” in the world of Android, but I don’t think it is a “mediocre” device when put into context of the iPad. I would wager that less that 15% of people would offer up the Kindle Fire as an answer when asked to name a “premium tablet device”.
1st Gen iPad Hardware Flaw
I skipped the first iPad, and in retrospect I’m glad I did. From what I hear (and not just from the media, who are obviously prone to overstating things), the original iPad was an underpowered machine whose flaws are becoming more apparent as the software that runs on it becomes more demanding.
Saying that the first generation iPad’s hardware was a flaw because it has issues running future software that was built and optimized to run on the 2nd gen iPad is not a fair statement.
Infinity Blade 2 won’t run well on the first gen iPad. Must be a major flaw of the hardware design. If it were possible, a PS3 game wouldn’t run well on a PS2.
It is the software developer’s responsibility to decide what hardware they want to support. Then the developer should make decisions to optimize their product and provide the best user experience for the supported hardware.
I don’t see how it is the fault of the hardware if a developer does a half-assed job of optimizing their software.