Posted by: Lee | January 30, 2010

Apple Getting Negative Press..Proof that Miracles Do Happen

So the recent announcement of the Apple iPad seems to have been mostly derided by the tech press and bloggers. From the name, to the lack of connectivity, to the lack of flash, Apple seem to have a created a product that for once is not been worshipped immediately.

Personally I believe this to be a good thing, Apple have had an easy ride in the press for many years. There is no denying that they design very appealing devices, iPod is the dominant music player on the planet after all, but they’re not as dominant in their other markets as they and some of the tech press would have you believe. Apple Mac computers make up around 5% of the computer market globally…5%…Windows on the other hand is around 90%….ish. Apple in that respect punch well above their weight in exposure stakes.

Now before the Apple fans start berating me, I do believe Apple have a place, they are good at taking existing technologies and bundling them into sexy looking devices then creating the eco system to surround them, iPod, iTunes, the Apps Store etc. A lot of companies can learn a from the way Apple do this. My point is Apple, like other companies, are not perfect, their devices often have floors or are missing features, features which are overlooked by the rose tinted glasses that some wear when reviewing Apple products. This makes Apple a strange phenomenon, they are almost a religion to some. It’s considered blasphemous to this few to criticise Apple. This is not good though as everyone needs some justified constructive criticism every so often i.e. not just Apple bashing.

This is why I feel some relief with the reaction to the iPad, it’s a sub standard product and Apple fans deserve more. Not even the “Reality Distortion Field” of Steve Jobs can cover up the glaring issues with their new product. In the announcement it was stated that the iPad was the best way to experience the Web…hold on, the device doesn’t support flash, one of the main components of the Web?? How can you make such a claim? Not to mention the lack of connectivity, limited OS and lack of multitasking. When you consider the HP Slate which is running a full blown version of Windows 7 with multi touch, what is the point of the iPad?

I’m afraid this time I don’t think the sleek looks of the device are going to cover over the major flaws with it. Hopefully Apple will not get petty and will take the criticism in the right way and step up and produce a proper tablet device, one running a full version of OSx with broad connectivity. That is what Apple fans deserve for their loyality, not a big iPod touch.

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Responses

  1. Alot of bloggers aren’t really pleased with the new iPad.There was just 2 much hype over it and alot blogers got disapointed.You see, I for one see lots of the cool potential uses of this gizmo. Third-party apps for playing music, games, papers and magazine and FFS books, all kinds of cool stuff, but they failed to sell it right (aside from the books). It looks rather not finished


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