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> In article <2874488.XVLH7GnMWU@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
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>> >> The Apple engineers might be able to answer this question. Reports suggest
>> >> they preferred Linux at first, but it was GPL (Jobs doesn't like that).
>> > Well, the answer seems to be in the source article:
>> > http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2008/11/the-iphone-coul/
>> > Tony Fadell, the guy who was pushing Linux, saw the iPhone as just an
>> > iPod with a phone function, not the much more ambitious smart phone
>> > platform that emerged. In that use case my above objection goes away
>> > (there would be no need to port Cocoa and other OS X technologies to
>> > such a device), and embedded Linux might have been a good alternative to
>> > the little proprietary embedded OS the non-Touch iPods run.
>> > I'm rather glad Apple decided to go with the more ambitious version of
>> > the iPhone, though. If Apple hadn't gone and created a smart phone then,
>> > everyone would be talking about missed opportunities now.
>> That's what they say about tablets/sub-notebooks.
> Apple's got a subnotebook, just not a *cheap* subnotebook, so that just
> boils down to the same old claim that Apple is missing an opportunity by
> not competing in the low end. They probably are missing an opportunity
> to sell more units there; I'm not sure if they're actually missing an
> opportunity to make more money.
> As far as tablets go, Apple's isn't out yet, but it's rumored to be
> shipping in the next six months or so, and the market is still wide
> open, really. Various tablets have been around for years (starting with
> Apple's own Newton in 1993, depending on where you draw the line between
> a tablet and PDA), but nobody has really hit on a "killer app" to take
> the tablet mainstream.
> Given the fact that, according to the recently published comments of a
> former Apple exec, Jobs had previously axed Apple tablet projects asking
> "what they were good for besides surfing the Web in the bathroom",
> perhaps the fact that Apple is apparently going ahead with this tablet
> project means they think they've finally answered that question.
> Or maybe web browsing is just so important to people's lives these days
> that surfing the web in the bathroom has become a killer app. Heh.
So why do they make their laptops so white?
~~ Best of wishes
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