- 02-02-2010, 08:20 AM #26
I agree that the iPad can (or will be able to do with 3rd party app support) most things that most people use computers for most of the time. So it could be a viable replacement for a computer for many people EXCEPT it still requires a computer. You have to have a computer to sync your music and video to it (and possibly your PIM info if you're not shelling out extra for MobileMe). So I can't get it for grandma instead of a computer because she still needs a computer to make it work. If it had a bit more capabilities that would allow it to operate as a stand-alone device, it would be a much better computer replacement option.
I see it affecting iPod Touch sales more than iPhone or MacBook.
- 02-02-2010, 01:52 PM #27
No because the new iPhone 4G will be out a month or so later and so you won't see much of a dip IMHO. BUT you will see users from other platforms pick one up. Hell, why not just buy a dumb phone with good reception and voice clarity and use the iPad for smartphone stuff? It's just a nice way to aso grab persons from other platforms into the Apple-verse.
- 02-04-2010, 12:32 PM #28
It is true that the "iPad doesn't make phone calls."
However, unless you have knowledge not available to the rest of us, one may assume that its owners will use it, just as with any other computer, to make phone calls. Unless Apple does something active to prevent it, Skype will work very well with the the iPad. While I do not like their business model, my understanding is that iCall does access both the 3G data service and WiFi to deliver voice over IP.
Do you have evidence that Apple plans to prevent the use of these apps on the iPad?
All that said, to the original question, I expect that the iPad will take some sales from the iPhone. On the other hand, though we will never know for sure, I expect that Apple's net sales will be better for having both in the line.
- 02-06-2010, 06:52 AM #29
I don't have any evidence that these will be prevented. Without the cell radio however, they would only work with wi-fi, mi-fi. Perhaps you and I should go into business setting up VOIP accounts on cell-enabled iPads for people, because most of the target customer base (i.e., everybody) expects to use the thing right out of the box and hasn't a clue how to Skype. The idea of carrying around a phone the size of a trade paperback is just too weird -- it's never gonna replace a pocketable handset.
- 02-06-2010, 08:58 AM #30
Of course, in spite of its name, I see the iPhone as a computer that makes phone calls rather than as a phone that does a few computing applications. I will not carry my iPad as an alternative to a phone but as an alternative to a laptop or netbook.
No, I will never hold the iPad up to my head to make phone calls. On the other hand, I do not hold the iPhone to my head. In spite of what I might have suggested, I do not use VoIP on the iPhone. I do not use it because none of the clients supports Bluetooth wireless headsets and only one supports the speaker.
It seems clear that Apple and AT&T see this as a new category rather than as competitor to phones. That is in part why the pricing model is so different. I will buy the 3G radio in the hope that, one, my iPad will someday replace my MiFi card, and two, that the VoIP clients will adapt to the iPad. I do not expect to pay for service as long as the MiFi has to be velcroed to the back.
- 02-06-2010, 05:44 PM #31
- 02-06-2010, 07:36 PM #32
- 02-07-2010, 09:10 AM #33
I think that the pricing scheme is hopeful. For the first time we can buy data bandwidth on a usage only basis. 250MB minimum but one can turn it on and off at will. If one does not use it, AT&T does not get a dime. If AT&T continues to block tethering and Sling, I have to continue using my MIFi. Verizon, not AT&T gets the revenue.
[On the iPhone one must pay for data that Apple/AT&T will not let one use. One has to pay Verizon and AT&T for data that one might not get to use.]
Note that the iCall application enables VoIP over 3G. Does anyone else believe that this priciing plan suggests that AT&T will become more neutral, not to say, liberal?
Last edited by whmurray; 02-07-2010 at 09:19 AM.