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iPad: Are 3G supply chain issues at fault for international release delay?

Andrew J Nusca wonders out loud over Apple’s claim that a successful launch for iPad in the US is behind the delay to international shipments. Noting that anecdotally, there isn’t a shortage in US stores, he adds:

“The first issue is that it’s unclear that there truly is overwhelming demand for the iPad — enough that it exceeded Apple’s internal estimates and, by extension, tapped out its supply chain.I strongly doubt Apple gave itself too aggressive targets. What this appears to me is that it is having supply chain issues and can’t meet existing demand — which may very well be below internal targets for the device.”

First, it’s worth noting that Apple’s definition of “delivered” means “delivered into the channel”, not “bought by customers”. So it’s entirely possible that it has iPads sitting on shelves in the US – those are “delivered” product.

But secondly, I think Andrew is correct about this being supply-chain problems – and my gut feeling is that it’s connected to the availability of the 3G model, which still hasn’t been released in the US.

Apple has always planned to release the 3G and WiFi-only models at the same time outside the US – late April. This, not by coincidence, was also the date for the release of the 3G model in the US.

What, though, if supplies of the 3G model were more constrained than Apple had predicted? In order to hit that late-April date in the US, Apple would either have to split the launches of iPad outside the US, shipping WiFi first then 3G, or delay the entire international launch.

The second option makes more sense than the first. Splitting the releases outside the US reduces the opportunity to maximise the effectiveness of the marketing expenditure on a per-country basis.

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Adobe set to sue Apple?

Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols:

“Apples iron-bound determination to keep Adobe Flash out of any iWhatever device is about to blow up in Apples face. Sources close to Adobe tell me that Adobe will be suing Apple within a few weeks.”

If Steven is correct – and he’s not the kind of guy to write this without some good sources – then things are about to get very interesting indeed.

Cory is wrong, Nick is right

Nick Sweeney is (1) one of the cleverest and most astute people I know and (2) doesn’t post anywhere near often enough. Fact Number Two is probably connected to Fact Number One.

In the comments to his post on the iPad, which you should go read right now, he more ably puts the argument against Cory’s anti-iPad screed than I possibly could:

“I am so over the idealistic belief that every computer user is a latent hacker-maker-coder who just lacks the right tools. I am so over the idea that access to the cornucopia of creative and insightful and useful stuff that’s available online requires either a boatload of foundational computing skills or extensive hand-holding. While I have no objections to those battles being fought out in the computing space I inhabit, I am personally done with this guild-mentality shit.”

And then, as if that wasn’t enough, he adds this:

“What particularly annoyed me [about Cory's post] was his image of a purported user as a passive, bloated ‘consumer’, as if the only makers that matter are the ones assembling crochet-covered Arduino-powered companion cubes to sell on Etsy. Well, bollocks to that.”

I argued with Cory about this on Twitter earlier, bailing out mainly in deference to the fact that I know Alice would tell the pair of us off for converting her Twitter stream into a slanging match.

But before I let Cory have the last word, it became pretty apparent to me that Cory’s point conflates creativity with coding, and prizes hacking over any other kind of creativity. So what if the iPad enables more people to do more creative things – to write, to paint, to communicate, to play with pictures, to learn. None of that matters, because you can’t write code for it (unless you pay Apple $99 and accept the hegemony of the App Store).

This just seems wrong to me. It places the primacy on geek-creativity, at the expense of every other kind. That is a remarkably narrow world view.

My position is the same as Nick’s, which he ably-explains:

“If the iPad truly abstracts away the whole ‘using a computer’ bit of using a computer, it will make me very happy. If another device comes along that does the same thing without DRM or developer lock-in, then like Andre I’ll embrace it. (Before anyone chips in: no, the Archos is not that device.) If that kind of lock-in comes to OS X proper, I’ll resent it, resist it and reject it. But it’s been nearly 30 years since I received my first home computer, and it’s about time everyone else got to play without it requiring informal training, monthly VNC sessions, and every family gathering turning into onsite tech support.”

Until the open-platform people step up to the plate and make an open machine that matches this, I, too, will be using an iPad.

The ball is in their court.

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The missing piece of the iPad puzzle

Ian Fogg on why “Cloud” is the Missing Ingredient for a “Third Device” iPad Strategy:

“For iPad to really fly, preferences, usernames, passwords, and content should transfer automatically across the different devices that Apple intends consumers to use together: PC, phone, and iPad. Apple should use a consumer cloud to do it. Consumers should not have to think, all of this should just work. Tethered sync is a twentieth century product feature.”

Ian is right, and I’d go further and say that syncing files of all types should be part of the iPad experience.

With an iPad with 64GB of storage, there’s no reason why every file on my iDisk can’t be stored on it and synced wirelessly. I could then access documents with iWork and other applications, and the iPad would be a real netbook replacement. If I have to be tethered to my Mac to get files in sync, that will be a very much second-rate experience.

(Image from AJStarks)

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