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Shopping on tablets

Where this otherwise decent piece falls down, for me, is the failure to even mention dedicated ecommerce apps, as opposed to websites optimized for tablets.

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iPad: Not Just For Mobile

Andy Ihnatko, writing for Macworld UK (hat tip to Daring Fireball):

No, I no longer wish I had an 11-inch Air. What I have here — a third-generation iPad and an Apple Wireless Keyboard — is better. I have better-than-good native iOS apps to handle almost all of my mobile needs. When only a desktop app will do, I have VNC, and/or the wonderful OnLive Desktop service that allows me to run Microsoft Office on a virtualised Windows 7 server


I’ve been feeling this since the launch of the first iPad. 

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FTW

Okay, this is real holy shit. Tim Cook says today in the earnings call that they think the tablet market will be bigger than the PC market. That’s kind of a duh statement, you might say, “Of course it’s going to be bigger than just the PC market.” But think about that. What that really means is, the tablet market becomes the PC market. Tablets are going to be what normal people use to do stuff. Get a bluetooth keyboard and an AirPrint printer, and there’s no reason for a normal person to have a PC. (By which I mean PC or Mac.)

And right now, there is no tablet market, just an iPad market. In other words, Apple wins.

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Arrrr!

Nothing against Lion, but this is the best software news I’ve seen so far this week:

Sid Meier’s Pirates returns on iPad Thursday

I recently, sadly, gave my much-loved PC copy to my BIL, because it’s been a long time since I stopped having time to boot into Windows to play.  In fact, the very last reason I had kept Boot Camp on my iMac was specifically to play Pirates.

It’s a brilliant, fun game, and I’ve often dreamed of a touch-enabled iPad version.  On sale through the weekend for just $4, an unbelievable value!  If you like swashbuckling, sea battles, and lighthearted pirate fun, you won’t regret it.

Pirates! might be my second favorite computer game of all time, in fact.

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I finally got to play with Djay for iPad, at my brother-in-law’s outdoor reception over the weekend.  Very fun, certainly more powerful than I need, which means I have room to grow.  Automix is awesome for dinner music: pick a playlist and forget about it for a while.  For the dancing, everything I would have used on a regular mixer was there, and then some.
Taken with Hipstamatic for iPhone

I finally got to play with Djay for iPad, at my brother-in-law’s outdoor reception over the weekend.  Very fun, certainly more powerful than I need, which means I have room to grow.  Automix is awesome for dinner music: pick a playlist and forget about it for a while.  For the dancing, everything I would have used on a regular mixer was there, and then some.

Taken with Hipstamatic for iPhone

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Paul Thurrott, May 2010: iPad not 'killing' netbooks

Via John Gruber at daringfireball.net.  Gruber does this thing called “Claim Chowder” where he digs up old, terrible predictions by silly anti-Apple pundits and shows how wrong they were.  I thing that I love, by the way.

This one is a real gem, because of the sheer magnitude—the good bit is at the end, which Gruber also quotes:

And IDC is now forecasting that “mininotebook” (i.e. netbooks and sub-12-inch machines) will sell 45.6 million units in 2011 and 60.3 million in 2013. If I remember the numbers from 2009, they were 10 percent of all PCs, or about 30 million units. Explain again how the iPad will beat that. Please. Even the craziest iPad sales predictions are a small percentage of that.

Too bad the numbers turned out to be fairly accurate, only for iPads, not netbooks.  It’s a real shame Thurrott closed down comments on that story the day after he posted it:

OK. I think we’ve officially jumped the shark on this one. This post is about iPad sales “killing” netbook sales. That’s not going to happen. So let’s just move on. The iPad and the netbook can co-exist. So should we. In other words, let’s just give it a rest. Unless someone has something constructive to say about the topic du jour, I think we can consider this one closed.

How’s that coexistence going?

Sure, it’s easy to mock somebody for not having a crystal ball, but this guy alone has been so flagrantly wrong so many times, at some point you have to wonder why anybody takes his “analysis” seriously, and why he keeps trying.  On that point, Gruber himself has a likely answer.

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There aren’t 101 real iPad competitors even if you read that in binary.
The Macalope, responding to CNNMoney.com’s David Goldman’s quip that “now there are as many iPad competitors as Dalmatians.”

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Apple’s managed to convince me to get GarageBand… for the iPad.  Tied to my desktop, it never made sense to me (or at least, I had no use for it).  But now that I can take it with me, I am enthralled, and can’t wait for the 11th.

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iPad, or Yours?

I’ll cut right to it: what an awesome device.  It seems there are two kinds of people out there: people who went, “Meh,” and people who went, “OMG OMG OMG this changes everything I need one NOW!”  I am decidedly in the latter group.

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