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How wrong the pundits were about the iPad

Funny to read how wrong tech professionals were about the iPad. They didn't get right practically anything, not the sales, not the capabilities or its effect. Next time you read an opinion from a 'pundit' remember how poor their evaluation can be.

“Any tablet computer, including Apple’s eagerly anticipated iPad, will face serious problems in generating big sales. Tablets look cool, but the reality is they don’t do anything new.”
Michael Comeau, Minyanville, 5 March 2010

“Fewer capabilities (than a netbook) but a similar size? Not a good start.”
Lee Gomes, Forbes Asia Magazine, 5 March 2010

“The Apple iPad is not going to be the company’s next runaway best seller.”
John Dvorak, MarketWatch, 12 February 2010

“It’s a nice reader, but there’s nothing on the iPad I look at and say, ‘Oh, I wish Microsoft had done it.’”
Bill Gates, Microsoft, 10 February 2010

“Apple iPad – failure, joke or fiasco? Pick one”
Linen DeFiller, MillionFace.com, 27 January 2010

“I added it up and … like 800 people are going to buy the iPad. . . . It’s not that the iPad is a failure. It’s just a product ahead of its time. No one should actually buy this iPad — between its inevitable first-generation bugs, fulfillment problems, and buyer’s remorse over added features and price drops, it’s heartbreak waiting to happen.”
Molly Wood, CNet, 31 January 2010

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Art D. Rector's picture
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Classic. I honestly didn't think they would be very popular with regular folks - but business? A million ideas came to mind the first time I heard about it. No doubt they were going to sell big.

Ivan's picture

I thought it would be big in education and with kids only. And that's part of it, but majority is regular folks and businesses.

wgzn's picture
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i was a nay sayer. still kind of am. i just cant find that one killer use for one that actually makes ME more PRODUCTIVE.

yes, i can check my email. can do it just as well on my phone

yes, i can manage my social media presences. but im not sure ive even generated enough real revenue from social media to buy an ipad.

yes, i can read most of my printed publications on an ipad. but i actually still prefer the printed versions.
(ok. carrying around an ipad is easier than a book and 4 magazines. but i can leave my copy of fast company on the chair at the coffee shop while i go to the head and it will more than likey still be there when i get back. an ipad likely would not be.)

yes, i can play games and watch movies on it. which is about what it boils down to for most folks.

i know people are doing some interesting things with them. but still most of what i find falls into the fun or simply novelty categories. a lot of "because we can" not much "because we need to"

a 12" or larger ipad with the profile of an iphone4, a thunderbolt port and a precise stylus would have me ditching both my desktop AND laptop ; )

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YoungZM's picture
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You have to remember that iPad wasn't the only target of negativity back in 2010. It's important to remember that the market just recently started seeing netbooks and advertising for them. Tablets essentially were exactly the same as netbooks but with lower support (remember netbooks [hardware provided] could run everything a desktop could). The speculations and thus the expectations weren't high for any tablet because people tried to assign purpose to them which they felt difficult. Without any sort of major support of a wide variety of software people saw it as a giant screen to get smashed that would need a computer anyways. They didn't see it as a mobile internet connected device that was highly transportable, compact and supported by developers, and that's because for years it wasn't. However, now with the support of mobile gaming, productivity, recreation and storage all consumers are now recognizing the usefulness of these. Back in 2010 they were still pushing eBooks, and they sold because that's what they were. Nowadays eBook sales are dropping rapidly as the support of major tablet manufacturers for eReading on their devices rises.

The bottom line is everyone wants a device that could do it all, back in 2010 it was a dream that few thought possible, I don't blame them for their skepticism, we've always practiced the law that if it's too good to be true that it is.

If we want to talk about failures on Apple's part with the iPad I think my major qualms with it, which ultimately make it actually a beautiful product design (straight visual) is the low port support. No USBs, card readers, expandable memory. You get what you bought and the only way to ever possibly change this is through adapters. Debatably however making it harder to use USBs and expandable memory also reduces on issues where customers are interrupting the software by introducing foreign files and media to the device. My largest, legitimate issue with iPad is the lack of support for printing. AirPrint is still a very low supported niche. Runner up might be price and space you get for what you're paying. Memory isn't expensive these days, including more baseline and having higher limits wouldn't kill them.

steveballmer's picture
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... We were and are not wrong about it ... look at the thing, it doe not have a keyboard!

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YoungZM's picture
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“It’s a nice reader, but there’s nothing on the iPad I look at and say, ‘Oh, I wish Microsoft had done it.’”
Bill Gates, Microsoft, 10 February 2010

Didn't see that embedded in the post, I just lol'd hard. Microsoft Surface anyone? I think CNet had it best there.

Art D. Rector's picture
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I heard they were going to call it Zune II, but Steve Ballmer killed that idea.

YoungZM's picture
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They didn't want it to die on the day of release, just the day after ;)

steveballmer's picture
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I HATE you people!

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regina young's picture
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They have a done great features on this certain model. I like it not being to complicated for a regular user.

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