re: Apple Earnings: All About iPad
Interestingly, when I bring up Apple's propensity to hit success and fall back into the lounge lizard category, most techno hacks take great umbrage. Often, I get a lot of vitriolically defensive rebuttals boarding on religious (cult-like) fundamentalism when the subject of evolution enters into the picture.
However, I also remember when Apple had a corner on the graphics market. At the time, all the big graphics houses and printers were purchasing Apples. The company I was working for decided to wait, and sure'nuf a German company came out with a comparable system at a fraction of the cost. They bought the system and sent the key art department to Germany for two weeks of training all for about three-quarters the cost of an Apple system.
Apple's present rapid rise to glory, from what I observed, was built on a trend driven marketing strategy - a fashion accessory the does magic tricks to entertain friends and family along with increasing the owners prestige and popularity. They'll all say how 'much better and easier' owning Apple products has made their lives, but psychologically ("Propaganda," Edward Bernays), it's not really about that, it's about being fashionable and one-upmanship with gadgets
The big problem is that in order to actually dominate the market, as Apple is attempting to do, you need to come up modestly priced products that are cost effective for business, not just designer gear for high-end businesses and TV presenters, but something a service company would find affordable to purchase for two hundred employees that does the job - and inexpensively replaceable.
Again, I observed with various companies that supply smart phones to their employees aren't iPhones, but mostly Android systems. It's going to be the same scenario with the Tablets - best cost and technology for industry/businesses that will win out in the end.
Previously, Apple hit the edge of oblivion because of the same systemic problems they have now - elitism, price, and compatibility with other established systems. It's what the small and medium size businesses can afford, and I think Google will take the day.