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iPad – Future Success or Failure?

April 3, 2010

Thought I would not comment on iPad’s future because everybody already did it, but just couldn’t resist ;) And today (the official launch date) is my last chance to do so based on pure gut feeling and zero market acceptance data.

So my verdict is… the defendant would be a success. Here are the top 4 reasons why:

  1. Everybody is already commenting on iPad… and most importantly opinions are well polarized and there are people who already love the product.
  2. Tech geeks (like me) say its technology is inferior – no multitasking, no USB, no Flash, no camera, no phone, no full HD playback, no SD slot, no HDMI out, you name it… I remember the same arguments used back in 2007 about iPhone. People (especially in Europe) considered it a joke to launch a high-end smartphone with no 3G… Meanwhile Steve & Co were focused on what (and how easy) users could actually achieve with the technology instead of on the pure tech superiority. The greatest art of product management is to identify the minimal right set of features.
  3. Developers are already porting their apps to iPad… we do, Amazon does. And Apple’s “We have an app for that” strategy definitely works.
  4. Steve JobsSteven Fry put it very well: “And being Apple it [iPad] hasn’t been released without (you can be sure) Steve Jobs being wholly convinced that it was ready. “Not good enough, start again. Not good enough. Not good enough. Not good enough.” How many other CEOs say this until their employees want to murder them? That’s the difference.
Author: Kostadin Jordanov

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