iPad 2.0 is (almost) here

Not a big surprise but Apple is about to do that again…

The iPad 2.0 announcement this week seems to be a solid one. The new device includes almost everything I have seen in rumor sites, which means no revolution but a solid 2.0 release that will continue to extend the Apple dominance in this fast growing market segment. I noticed that some of the bloggers were disappointed with the device, stating that it is not a revolution,  which is a fair comment, but also stating that there is now an opening for the rivals to try to attack Apple – I am not so convinced.

The iPod 2.0 is an experience with enough new features and many new apps that it will be very challenging to catch-up with it. The GarageBand app for example. This is going to be so cool, I can easily see myself spending hours just on that. The iMovie is also cool, just think about doing all of that video editing on the iPad, while you travel. Very cool! And not to mention all the existing apps (65,000 based on Apple’s statement) that were built for the first iPad. No one else has anything like that today.

I do think that the Android platform, with the bunch of very strong vendors, may, at some point, catch up with iPad and deliver competitive devices that will be acquired by the masses. Same as is now happening on the phone platform. Gradually the coalition of vendors closed the gap and started to see growth in terms of what is really important – sales. But it took several generations, i.e. several years. I think that the moment of closing the gap has not happened yet and iPad 2.0 is going to be a smashing hit…

As a data point on that argument look at the CNN article from today stating “Samsung exec: Our tablet is inadequate”. It makes sense. While these vendors knew the iPad 2.0 is coming and guessed more or less what it is going to bring, the current versions of their tablets are the result of their effort about a half a year ago and thus they are really focussed, from price tag and features, on competition against the first iPad and the iPad 2.0 is changing the equation for them.

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Author: dave

Consider myself kid in soul and naive by choice. I am interested in people, technology and business and thrive when they all work together. My favorite quote and motto is that “You can fool some people some times but you cant fool all the people all the time” ― Bob Marley

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