A slick marketing campaign is the one of the main reasons apple has made it this far. In recent years, every new product and feature is touted as being thought up and designed by apple and only apple. Granted they have done wonders with the touch interface, but that's where the originality ends. Apple advertised their new iphone with 2 cameras. While this is big news to the (uneducated?) masses, it was old news to me, I've owned a smartphone with 2 cameras for over 2 years now. Where's the innovation in that?
IF apple continues it's aggressive marketing campaign AND (the prophet) Steve Jobs doesn't change his address to someplace 6 feet underground THEN apple will continue to woo the masses. However, breaking one of those conditions would be a good reason to short some apple stock.
Well, I totally believe there is no need for iPad to scared of the competitors, it's Apple creates a tablet market, and now all are after it!
Apple has massive economies of scale, great distribution, a great App store and great apps. It has $60 billion in cash and suppliers who would far prefer to deal with Apple than anyone else because of its volume.
You compare the current iPad to potential products that have not been released; in most cases, specs and es have not even been released, and Android's tablet software has not been released. When they are released, they will compete with the iPad 2, and we have no idea of its features or e. Apple ed the iPad so low that Samsung could only introduce a product half the size with 60% of the battery life for he same e. Samsung's 1 million units sold were probably sold to the the Korean government.
Apple will be dominant for at least two years and probably far longer. We could learn much more about iPad's competitiveness, here is a little twinkling: http://www.ifunia.com/ipad-column/index.html
Although I can't count myself as a die hard Apple fan, I've already got my iphone and mac book pro. They are really user friendly and that I think is the key why Apple is so successful. They have a very clear icon. Only Apple has iphone but there are two many brands that are making Android which makes their image a bit blur. As what I've heard, none of those phone share the same interface so the user experience can't transfer. So, when you change from iphone 3G to iphone 4, you don't need to learn anything new but just use a new phone with more features (user interface still the same) but if you change an Android phone from one brand to another, I'm quite sure you need to spend a day or two to try to familiarize the user interface and probably something on your old phone may not be easily transfer to your new toy. That's the key!
Timing is always key and Apple tends to create their own timing by creating the impression that their product is unique and first. It's amazing to look at some of the electronic discounters and see no less than 8 Android like tables for sale but I still don't know one person who has one. By comparison, I only really know of a few that have iPads. It seems that everyone has smartphones on the other hand and from what I'm seeing, it seems to be about 50/50 for android/iphone. Does anyone remember when Apple put a full page advertisement welcoming IBM to the personal computer market? However, phones are much more entrenched now than PCs were at the time.. Apple will have to keep providing innovation to keep their position. So far, they have done a good job...
It is never good to underestimate the competition. Of course, Apple will not tell you that they are thinking deep over the competitions. They do, otherwise they will have problems. Apple is worried as anyone.
Apple is too big and too strong. It will hurt technology eventually. Personally, i don't see any significant technical breakthrough from iPhone to iPad. I hope Android product could measure up. I will wait for Android Phone and Tablet.
When will Apple make an iPad that connects to Verizon's 3G & 4G networks? With the iPhone coming to Verizon next month, I hope the iPad is not far behind.
Until then, the Motorola Xoom tablet could ring up some big sales with Verizon customers. Oh wait, you can't buy one until Honeycomb is finished. Well, hurry up Google!