Originally Posted by Dean Roddey
What's really funny is that the whole locked architecture, vertical integration, and premium pricing thing that they are doing now is what destroyed them the first time around. ...
You would think so. But it seems to me that their integration into mainstream society via the iPod and iPhone has made them the safe and secure choice for people who are afraid of computers. Like, most of my buddies use PCs and Android phones, while their wives are totally Apple. And the wives are always asking me how to do this or that on their iPads... sometimes I can and sometimes I can't but as often as not it is easier on the PC, except for those things at which the iPad already excels at, and which they already know how to do.
Even support.... there are PC shops all over the place, but either nearby Apple store is an hour and a half north, or an hour and a half south, and these gals make that trip every now and again, and do so happily to get some minor instruction on their iPad or iPhone. Makes me shrug.