I know there will be many here that will say no, Apple live in a vacuum, they don't even bother to take notice of anyone else, or care what anyone else is making. Just to make it plain, I don't accept that point of view. Sure they may have different ideas about what parts of a design are more important, or different plans as to where they want a device to go in the long term. but at the end of the day they are in competition with others, and if they don't keep their products compedetitive then people can and will go elsewhere. With that said................ Seeing all the Hype, and Wow factor the Xoom, and Honeycomb was attracting, together with the no pre-orders and limited supplies to stores. And more importantly the odd way it was launched before it's 1 year was up, that most people were predicting. Do you think Apple decided they would announce and launch around 1 month early to try and kill as much as possible Xoom/Honeycomb excitement and turn the attention back to them as soon as possible. I did post this as a theory many months ago about Apple would want to launch directly after the Xoom to try and kill attention on it, and bring focus back on themselves, and that is really what's actually happened. If they had launched around the time everyone was expecting, 4 weeks or so from now, stock levels would have been much better for everyone also. It does all point to the fact that they changed their mind and launched a few weeks before originally planned.