Did this guy just nail the reason why iPad is so popular?

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  1. runawayprisoner

    runawayprisoner Platinum Member

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    Stumbled upon this while reading Daring Fireball:

    http://ignorethecode.net/blog/2012/11/04/crappy_computers/

    Makes a hell of a lot of sense. I think it applies to mobile gadgets (tablets and smartphones) as well.
     
  2. Eug

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    Nope. I think he's completely wrong.
     
  3. Topweasel

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    If that was truth Android would be more popular. For the technically inclined its not just performance, but capabilities. The iPad is popular because its cheaper then a laptop, easier to carry around, last longer and both its early release and the popularity of the iPhone means that lots of people are familiar with interface. It's interface is also the easiest (between it and Android) for new users to learn. When selling the device it isn't its overall capability or customizability that wins users over. It's what the device is like for the first few minutes a person plays with it. The better build quality and simpleness of clicking icon and having it run is better for this than Androids non-auto populating home screen where you have to go to another menu and select an app or widget and place it where you want on the desktop.

    Tech inclined people can make due with what they have available, but without other circumstances they are less likely to spend money on a device that they feel they can do less with in comparison to another. That's why even though there could and probably a strong market for Windows RT devices, people in this forum to a strong level have called it a stop gap and completely pointless.
     
  4. openwheel

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    Partially true. A lot of people buy Apples and pay for their services because they are tired of asking their "computer savvy" friend/family member to "fix" their malware issue. I know many who used to ask others to "build" them computers, but have migrated entirely to the Apple eco system.

    Many of them take their iPads on trips and double as their cameras. Many use iPads as "laptops" because they only check facebook/tweeter/instagram and emails. Their college bound kid can not type whatsoever has a Macbook pro. I even know one film school dropout who thinks buying a Macbook pro will jump start his filming career even though he sells phones for a living. Worst of them all, I hate seeing douche lords who camp around Starbucks with their Macbook Pro, iPhone, Beats Studio, $180 jeans, RayBans and pretend to be working.

    However, there are lots of computer savvy people willing to over spend on Apple simply because they have good products. The Macbook Air is simply amazing.
     
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    aaksheytalwar Diamond Member

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    He is an idiot. How can you even side with him?
     
  6. MrX8503

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    I'm not sure if that applies to mobile, but it makes sense for desktops.

    I think the reason why iOS devices are popular is because everyone knows the OS. It's an OS that a casual user can pick up quickly.

    What tech people see as limitations is probably convenience for the average user.
     
  7. OBLAMA2009

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    its pretty simple why ipad is popular: its simple and easy to use and the hardware and software are high quality enough that it works the way its supposed to. for the 90% of people that arent interested in technology, its the best choice. android has three button so its three times as hard to use
     
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  8. Oyeve

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    Hes an idiot and wrong.


    This could almost be considered trolling, Oyeve. Could you please elaborate?
    Moderator PM
     
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  9. Aikouka

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    I can't really disagree. Frankly, I like how I can just flip the cover up and go to town on the device. On my Android tablet, I have to lift it up (Transformer + Dock), hit the power button, hit the lock button, and then go to town. Honestly, it's too much work. I just want it to open as soon as I lift up the tablet.
     
  10. Ns1

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    I think some of you guys are inaccurately equating low end computer vs high end computer as PC vs Apple.

    High end PC's aren't exactly cheap either.
     
  11. Munky

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    Nope, he just takes a familiar concept, reverses it, and tries to pass it off as some profound truth. If there's one thing I know about proficient "power users" is that they are unwilling to settle or put up with crap limitations from their SW and HW. And it's not just aimed at Apple. See all the Windows 8 hate threads for more examples.
     
  12. Mopetar

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    No, he's wrong. Just because power users can work with more limited hardware doesn't always mean that they want to.

    The reason the iPad is so popular is because it doesn't throw a lot of extra stuff at casual users. Everything is dead simple and pretty hard to screw up. Contrast this with any PC operating system where you can easily screw up your entire system by doing something you shouldn't. There are other reasons beyond that, but at the core is that Apple made something so ridiculously easy to use and hard to screw up that non-technical people don't have to worry about it. They've removed just about everything about traditional computers that would confuse the hell out of non-technical people.
     
  13. poofyhairguy

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    A friend of mine once said: "An iPad gives regular people the power of the Gods, but without forcing them to do the work to respect that power."

    He of course was biased against the iPad, but his point I think is correct- iPads give regular users the ability to do 70% of computing tasks (editing photos, browsing the web, etc.) with about 10% of the learning curve.

    Heck, if someone gets a 3G iPad they don't even have to understand how an ISP works which is something I learned many people don't understand when I worked for Dell.
     
  14. CVSiN

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    Um nice crack he is smoking..
    the only reason the Apple is so successful was because of the Ipod and the OS that is so locked down not even a caveman baby could mess it up..
     
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    underwhelming sorry
     
  16. Nintendesert

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    No, the iPad is so popular because Middle and Poor America is caught up in being trendy. They watch all these reality shows and turn their brains off. They then turn around and caught up in being trendy are fooled into thinking they NEED these iGadgets and keep giving a larger and larger % of their income to the already super-rich. Continually shrinking their wealth while caught up in the trend-treadmill.
     
  17. Zaap

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    No.

    Sorry, but every time I've seen someone think they are doing 'high end' work on an iPad or similar portable device (IE: ACTUAL photo-retouching, ACTUAL video editing, ACTUAL audio mixing/recording, ACTUAL high-end 3D graphics, artwork, compositing, compiling, number cruntching etc.) it's been a bunch of amateur iCrap compared to those *ACTUAL* tasks done right on proper equipment.

    For the YouTube/Twitter/FaceBook 'iProfessional' crowd, sure, so-called proficient users can use just an iPad. For the box-office/theatre/chart-topping/photography/recording/video/film etc. industries of the real world, professionals use high end equipment to do things right. (Granted, there's a lot the iPad can help with in an orbiting PDA type function, but not doing the actual heavy lifting.)
     
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    I think some of you are reading it backwards...

    The way I understand it, he's basically saying the general populace is not knowledgeable enough to reach for more high-end gadgets, so they default to something that's cheap and gets the job done. In this case, iPad. There's no denying the iPad is cheaper than some laptops in the midrange. This position used to be dominated by netbooks.

    However, what general users don't realize is that the cheap stuff (namely, iPad) is limited, and when they hit that limitation, they'd just groan and pass it off as a general notion that no other computer would do it for them.

    So they give up before trying out more expensive laptops or tablet (Windows 8)

    As Apple introduces a new iPad with better graphics, etc... people flock to buy it again because they "think" it's not limited as the last one. Then they bump into the limitations again, and the cycle repeats.

    Basically, I think the story paints the iPad as the low-end popular option that everyone picks. Not as the "high-end" option that advanced users would pick. Not that the iPad is the "high-end" option that everyone "needs".

    Now, the same logic can also arguably been applied to the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire crowd. In which case, it also explains why they sell so well.

    And before any of you says the Nexus 7 can do this and that, I'm sure we can all agree that a laptop can do way more than a Nexus 7 can.
     
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  19. TheStu

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    Did none of you actually read the article? The word iPad is never mentioned.

    I heard a similar argument to this a few years back, advocating why the older generations really need faster internet. Those of us that grew up with it can recognize what is going on, but for an older generation, they may view the computer at large as a fancy TV (I am operating on my best recollection of an argument posited by some guy like 5 years ago, bear with me if I simplify things) and the internet as the channels on it. When you are using a TV you want and expect the channels to change immediately (this is also an argument against crummy set top boxes that suck), whereas on the internet, you change pages and it takes a while.

    This guy's argument seems to be in the same direction, that a more casual or less knowledgeable user should have the fastest, most responsive machine possible, because although everyone should have immediate access to everything, the more technical amongst us, are better equipped to understand WHY the machine is slow, and therefore more willing to accept it, and more able to correct it. The less knowledgeable person is just going to know that it is slow, and a piece of crap.

    I don't see this as an argument either for or against the iPad, I see it as an argument for putting SSDs into laptops as standard, and not compromising on $400 crapboxes at Best Buy.
     
  20. BrightCandle

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    Being a power user myself I constantly complain about how slow my computer is. I automate a lot of things so I don't repeat doing them so the machine takes up the task of executing the same activity over and over. Of course the more I do that the slower my "check everything" gets. With fast enough hardware I can run multiple long tasks in the background and continue working for a while, but with slower hardware I just can't. I find slow hardware deeply frustrating and when a company provides a 5 year old laptop a little piece of me dies and then I start working out how to upgrade it so its acceptable.

    This guy just couldn't be more wrong, which suggests he is far from being an expert computer user, he has never actually done a task which is totally limited by the hardware. I am limited by my hardware every day, I need about 1000x more speed before my current activities are not an issue anymore.
     
  21. TheStu

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    My understanding of the guy's point was that the entry level user, the casual user, the less knowledgeable, less technical user NEEDS, NEEDS, NEEDS as fast of a computer as you can give them because they are not going to do, or understand, any of the things that need to be done to deal with the limitations. You said it yourself, you work out how to upgrade the system to make it faster... a regular user isn't going to do that!

    You just said that you need 1000x more speed than you currently have. Even allowing for hyperbole and overshooting by 2 orders of magnitude, that still puts as at 10x more power. Here is my, and (I think) the author's point:

    A: You are automating tasks, something that a casual user won't do
    B: You are willing and able to upgrade the system
    C: You are able to understand the limitations of the system and how to work with them

    A casual user cannot. In the same way that a master craftsman can do more with just a hammer and saw than most people can with an entire workshop at their disposal, the so-called 'expert computer users' can do more with a netbook than your average person could do with a high end rig.

    His point isn't that casual users should all have quad cores and 'expert users' should have netbooks. His point is that no one should be buying cheap low-end pieces of crap ESPECIALLY not the people that those low-end pieces of crap are targeting. A knowledgeable computer user knows what they are getting into when they buy a $199 netbook. They know that it is going to be slow, and underpowered, and barely good enough for listening to music and the occasional browsing of the web, forget about HD video or gaming, or even Facebook games.
     
  22. shortylickens

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    Umm, that was utterly stupid and wrong.
     
  23. Red Storm

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    This. It's the complete opposite.
     
  24. TheStu

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    What do you guys take his point to be? Because either everyone else is reading something different than I am, or I am misunderstanding something. It feels like how people are interpretting it is:

    Low end users should get quad cores with SSDs
    Everyone else HAS to use a 3 year old netbook

    Which is not how I take his point at all, my understanding is that he is saying:

    Low end users should get quad cores with SSDs
    Everyone else should too, but if they can't have that, at least they know how to deal.
     
  25. Red Storm

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    The majority of people are not proficient users, and high end hardware does not sell as much as low/mid range. Is the OP insinuating that the iPad is a high end computer bought mostly by technical people?