Do you think that Steve Jobs was afraid to create the perfect tablet computer?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by agkm800, Jan 28, 2010.

  1. agkm800 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2009
    If the iPad had all the things that everyone cries for -- USB, flash, camera, multitasking, etc. -- than, it could might as well replace MacBook for some people. Right or wrong, perhaps Steve Jobs was afraid of that scary potential.
  2. timestoby macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2007
    north devon,uk
    why not just have a macbook air without keyboard and have it with touch,i would have paid wot the air was cause it would have been a full computer,plus they could have made it to run iphone apps for mobility,simple. people would have forkt out for that
  3. stridemat Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Is that not what the iPad is?
  4. agkm800 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2009
    I believe you're in minority.

    Steve Jobs wanted to go after Kindle and the netbook market while keeping the sales of MacBooks intact.
  5. redrog macrumors 6502


    Feb 26, 2008
    The achilles heel IMO is that you need to sync it to iTunes, because this means you need a computer. Most people these days are buying laptops anyway, and I am skeptical that you need both a laptop and an iPad. If you already have an iPhone then there is even less need for it.

    There is possibly a niche market for those that travel a lot or read a lot of books, but even then, I'm not sure I'd be entirely comfortable carrying this thing around and whipping it out on public transport.

    Saying all that, it looks like a thing of beauty and that alone might be the thing.
  6. iBlue macrumors Core


    Mar 17, 2005
    London, England
    Maybe. The man knows how to squeeze products for all their worth. Letting available technology out in a slow trickle (so people will be inspired to buy the next revision! Yay for greed... sorry, business!) and charging for adapters for the rest they decided not to include.

    I think it's a slick piece of kit and that's awesome if it's the right thing for some. For me it is missing too many crucial things. USB port, a camera, GPS, multitasking, flash support, ability to put a new browser on it, etc. I think the screen resolution may be a little low as well. It's just not FOR ME. Maybe it will be in a revision or two. We'll see.
  7. t0mat0 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2006
    He has high standards. He is a perfectionist. I don't think many would be as rude as to say to him in conversation that he was scared of much.
    Apple doesn't want too much overlap.

    Give them some credit - they are human. There is a certain speed they can smoothly roll the technology out. They're making advances with this product.
  8. kroeks macrumors regular

    I don't think they want to replace the Macbook.
    They're acting really smart here.

    They bridge the gap between phone and notebook.
    Still it's big and doesn't run photoshop and that kind of problems.

    This way, people still use a iphone, which is fully compatible with the ipad, and a macbook which also works fine together.

    I think it's a really really good idea, It brings a new standard.
    I'd certainly buy it. It's a great tool for me, to show pictures, video's and just keep track of my calender on the way. for my photography i guess this is a great addition :p
  9. mcnicks macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2006
    a) Price.

    b) Unsuitability of OS user interface.
  10. wisty macrumors regular

    Feb 18, 2009
    Yeah. The big selling points on this are the software (I don't need to remember where I put my documents folder!) and the price. It's there to replace your TV set, not your home computer.
  11. macadam212 macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2007
    Sounds like you need a MacBook, not an iPad. Didn't Microsoft try to create a complete PC with windows on a tablet? Didn't do very well though did it!

    I guess all those multitasking apps made it confusing to use, and drained the battery power, so you always had to plug the thing into the mains. I'm betting that flash made everything slow and caused the device to crash, loosing your unsaved work in that application that you forgot was running in the background. I expect if you had enough power to run a video conference, you would get some nice shots of the ceiling or the top of your head. I'm sure they could improve on those early tablets now, but not by much if they want to keep the price down, we've all seen the latest Netbooks.... right?

    But hey why don't you go and tell Microsoft what to put in their next Windows Live Tablet, and then you can tell us all it was your idea, and we can watch it flop all over again!!!!
  12. Meriana macrumors member

    Aug 31, 2009

    it would be much more expensive and would need a full os x, which is probably atm just not ready for such use yet.
  13. acurafan macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2008
    i think they did it intentionally just to milk the product line and to provide an upgrade path, until they integrate OSX (the next version) ecosystem, then merge the macbook with this device. (my guess)

    unfortunately, i agree with the assessment apple left out some critical features for me to consider a purchase, will wait until the next upgrade.

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