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5.0.0 Beta 1 (Jun 30, 2003)
5.0.0 Beta 1 (Mar 21, 2010 - 3:37 PM)
I find it humorous how a company and it's products can totally draw the proverbial line in the sand. Very reminiscent of "I'm a Ford man!", quickly followed by a hearty, "Well I'm a Chevy man!"
I think the iPad will be a success for one reason: Apple changed the game on everyone else.
No longer will tablet PCs be a laptop without a keyboard. They will be big iPhones, or iPhone look-a-likes, or iPhone clones (Thanks nameless Chinese company,) and function the same as their phone cousins, minus the telco thing... ahem.
It's much like the iPhone itself. The iPhone made the mobile phone into the mobile entertainment, computing, communication system. Other companies have followed.
The iPad, I feel, will do that exact same thing to the current tablet PC, but in reverse. We will be happy for it... someday. :)
That is what Apple does. They don't create products for markets, they create markets for products.
Did I pre-order? Nah. I need a test drive. Buy technology "sight unseen?" Well that is just stupid. What if it sucks? Full refunds are becoming a thing of the past, no need to risk a 15% restocking fee, right?