Apple’s tablet would fill a perceived void between handheld devices like the iPhone and full-blown laptop computers. While people are used to having limited application availability on their portable devices, they don’t expect manufacturers to tell them what apps are or aren’t available on their portable computers. The rumored 10-inch screen falls squarely in the land of netbooks, which can run any app that Windows developers choose to write. Since the Apple tablet will cost close to twice what a typical netbook runs, customers might be hard-pressed to justify the purchase knowing their freedom to choose apps is limited by Apple.
Michael Scalisi is an IT manager based in Alameda, California.