It is a big iPhone with less features. How is that useful?
Less features? Other than making phone calls and taking shitty pictures, is it missing anything important?
A full laptop / normal tablet pc costs about the same and does more stuff. It isn't a matter of being useful to me (I don't need a tablet) it is a matter of it not being worth the Apple tax.
Apple tax? $500 for an IPS-touchscreen based device is a damn good price.
I am sure it is going to sell like hotcakes, I have no doubt of that. There are enough people that will want to pay the premium... They screwed up because they screwed up a chance for me to buy one of their products. Right now the only thing that I consider to be of value that they sell is the iPhone and the iPod (nano). Everything else is over priced and under performing.
On a corporate level, they didn't screw anything up .. at least, we won't know until we see sales reports.
Am I the only person here who realises that (a) most MPCers are not
the target market, and (b) this is not
a laptop or even netbook replacement?
This is a leisure device. It is for sitting on the couch and reading the paper, or reading a novel on your way to work, or comfortably surfing the web in your favourite armchair. This is a media-interaction device designed for comfort
.. not speed, not performance and not productivity. It is a new way of bringing digital media to your fingertips.
This of it like an iPod touch with a Kindle thrown in and a decently sized screen ... for not much more than a Touch.
This isn't the device you'd take on a business trip .. it is the device that you can see a certain monkey, lounging amidst his terra cotta in his back yard, surfing the web and mocking poor people.
Also a fantastic device for porn, btw.
If I were to pay $2500 for a Mac Pro, it should beat my $1500 desktop pc. It doesn't do much more than equal it for features, cost $1000 more, and doesn't come with two 22" screens like my desktop did.
I really would rather not derail this conversation with an Apple-sucks discussion of their entire product line.