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Missed it by that much...
Authored by: TinApple on Jan 30, '10 03:23:16PM

The idea behind the iPad is great -- a netbook that is more user-friendly than the ones currently on the market and not bogged down by a bulky OS (Windows). However, Apple made some big mistakes here, which I fear will affect their marketability:

1. Lack of I/O ports. I was shocked to find that the only I/O port on the iPad is the iPod-like connector. No usb port for flash drives? No SD card slot? The only way to get files onto the iPad is to connect it to another computer or to purchase media from iTunes or iBooks. I'm sure that part of the motivation behind excluding I/O ports was to encourage the user to download only from iTunes or iBooks. The fact that file management is next to impossible under the iPhone OS also makes it much more difficult, if not impossible to download media from anywhere else. Of course, you could download media with your desktop computer and then transfer them to your iPad, but that's a pain.

2. The name. People have noted in previous posts that not buying a product simply because of the name is ridiculous. I agree, but unfortunately consumers don't act logically. While I don't think the name will kill the product, I imagine that sales will suffer just a bit from the unfortunate name, mostly because it's bound to show up in comedy routines. (Indeed, MadTV already had a skit about an iPad far before this product was announced.) A good example of public perception on sales is the movie Sideways, in which the main character professes his love of pinot noir, while bad-mouthing merlot. Sales of pinot noir increased considerably while those of merlot dropped slightly (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sideways#Impact_on_wine_industry). Again, the effect isn't huge as merlot is still the dominant seller (just as the iPad will likely be the dominant "netbook"), but the well-publicized scorn definitely took a bite out of sales.

I hope I'm proven wrong. I hope Apple makes file-sharing between a computer and the iPad incredibly easy (perhaps using wi-fi) to obviate the need for I/O ports. I hope that people don't pay the name any passing thought.

I definitely see Apple opening up a whole new market here, catering to those who crave simplicity and portability. However, if this product is designed for those who aren't so computer-literate, why is it so dependent on a computer (for filesharing, etc.)? Maybe the 2G will come with an SD slot...



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Missed it by that much...
Authored by: Anonymous on Feb 02, '10 04:19:50PM
I hope I'm proven wrong. I hope Apple makes file-sharing between a computer and the iPad incredibly easy (perhaps using wi-fi) to obviate the need for I/O ports. I hope that people don't pay the name any passing thought.
Bluetooth, maybe. That's one of the things it's expressly designed for.

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