(*this article isn't based on any real research it's just mental diarrhea sparked by an article and fueled by personal experiences, conversations, observations, alcohol, stunts, cocaine blunts, hip hop, and toad bunghole licking)
i read this interesting article on why apple WILL put out a tablet in 2010 and it got me thinking... apple's growing personal computing market share and domination of the mp3 player, and iphone success has little to do with their capacity as a company that makes computers. i'm not saying apple is not a capable computer manufacturer... because they are... but rather the fact that apple has succeeded since almost folding in the 90s is because apple has grown into a bit of a computing lifestyle company.
at the heart of this "computing lifestyle" is itunes.
itunes software and it's content really positioned apple to succeed in the mp3 market. with the popularity of the ipod, interest in apple notebooks and desktops followed. and really... the strongest force behind the iphone is itunes and the apps store. sure the UI and design of the phone is toad lickingly magical (at it's debut)... but without itunes to deliver content... the iphone would have been a pretty external harddrive with a screen on it that you could make calls on.
so where am i going with this? ah yes... company growth and direction...
so how does itunes and "computing lifestyle" fit into the development of a apple tablet?
well if we think about the popularity of the iphone, net books, and kindle readers, it implies the interest and usefullness of a non laptop(touchscreen) computing device that provides internet access and media access and control (itunes).
some people might indicate a pointlessness/frivolousness to a device that seems redundant to the iphone...
but if you place it within the context of an apple "computing lifestyle", you have a device that is a clean integration to your current itunes media, large enough to read ebooks comfortably, small enough to be considered "portable"; and allows for internet access sufficient for most web browsing and email needs.
lets expand this "apple computing lifestyle universe" and place the apple tablet in your living room as a media hub giving it control of your apple tv. now you have a fairly large apple touch display keyboard for navigating your itunes library streaming to your tv/audio center (apple tv/hulu/roku funtions navigated by a tablet? ...good bye cable box). download an ebook, and take this tablet/hub with you to read email web browse when you are out and about. set the tablet on a stand and the screensaver makes it a digital photo frame. bluetooth connect a headset and voip over your wifi network...
maybe im getting ahead of everything... but i think apple is going to take over your world.
the point of this article? im just setting up a pre 2010 prediction of what might happen this year.
happy new years yall and inspect all your toads before licking them.
-brigideezy/brigidope/brigibankai/beee jaaeeee if you're nasty