Thursday, March 4, 2010


The Apple iPad Isn't Going to Revolutionize the Display Industry
...the choice of LCD technology also means that, in spite of the vast library of e-books that will be available for the iPad, this device is no e-book reader. While I’m not an e-book convert myself, the folks I know who carry Kindles everywhere read them outdoors as much as in, often in sunlight, and that just won’t be possible with the iPad’s LCD screen.

The Electronic Display of the Future
Kindle, iPad, Droid—these compact mobile devices are essentially all display. But the screens aren't all we'd like them to be. Yet.

Apple iPad May Overtake Amazon Kindle
A recent survey of e-book reader owners and intenders shows that prior to the release of the iPad, Apple ranks just behind Amazon in the US and UK in terms of preferred brand; and if the iPad provides a compelling eReader experience, it may overtake Amazon’s Kindle.
Source: iPhone Developers Journal
If it provides a more compelling eReader experience, then the rankings probably don't matter. The real issue is that the Kindle has less functionality than the iPad, so it will have to compete on price (or it has to rely on the fact that the iPad isn't as easy to read in direct sunlight, but most buyers won't really factor that into their buying decision unless Amazon mounts a huge campaign about it.)

Can Apple's iPad succeed? Just ask Nintendo's Wii
What the Wii does manage to do rather well is wipe the floor with the Xbox and PS3 when it comes to selling game consoles. Nintendo sells roughly twice as many consoles as either Sony or Microsoft and has consistently outsold its competitors since the Wii's launch. Games consoles for non-traditional gamers are spearheading console sales - the market has been turned on its head. So much then for 'serious gaming'.
Functionality, by itself, isn't the issue. A Windows netbook is bound to be more functional - able to do more things - than an iPad. But if it's easier - and more fun! -  to use for what people are typically doing, then it could succeed.

Apple iPad Is Too Late to Save Print Publishing
The notion behind putting magazine articles on an iPad is that, assuming people are willing to pay, publications can still afford to produce quality material without taking a financial bath. But the question is, are people willing to pay? Does quality matter? Or have we passed the point of no return, where fast and cheap trumps fast and good, and everything else be damned?
Source: PCWorld
His argument that people are so used to crappy content on the web that's free, and that they aren't willing to pay for it is semi-compelling. But people are willing to pay -maybe a little - for some content, and if publishers start making money doing some things, some of the free content wells might dry up.

Rupert Murdoch confirms WSJ for iPad
Rupert Murdoch has confirmed, in a Q & A following his announcement of a New York 'metro' section for the Wall Street Journal, that an app for the iPad is under development
Source: TUAW

No comments:

Post a Comment