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TechNewsWorld: Apple gave up PDA market

updated 07:10 am EST, Tue December 9, 2003

Apple gave up PDA market

Arguing for , a TechNewsWorld columnist writes: "The impression that Apple is out to lunch is enhanced by Steve Jobs publicly saying that the Tablet PC is a niche product. This is sadly ironic, given that Apple gave up the PDA market to Palm and Microsoft as a result of one of his decisions. Like a lot of CEOs, Jobs seems to think it is more important not to admit he was wrong than to correct a mistake."




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    iSync

    Surely they've heard of that! Apple never gave it up, they decided instead to focus on the software end of PDAs.

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    business focus

    so the real question is, did it make sense to give up on the PDA market? if its so lucrative, why has palm, the market leader, been having such financial troubles? why has handspring gone away (or been absorbed)? what are the real financial figures for the PocketPC divisions of HP, Dell, and others who've made this an important part of their product lineups? i don't have any figures, but it would be interesting to see how other more profitable biz groups are supporting development of handhelds.

    as we all know, apple sells well when they innovate. the iPod was a risk, but it sells well because (up until now), there just hasn't been any competition. but to have continued the newton would have made it difficult to bring the company back to profitability. its easy to understate how bad apple's financial health was when they let that go. and now to jump back into it would make little sense.

    lastly, if i can sync all my phone numbers to my cell phone and other contact info to my iPod, do i really need to carry around a PDA as well?!? the utility of the digital hub is really the genius of OS X.

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    Mistake

    TechNewsWorld writer seems to think it is more important not to admit he was wrong than to correct a mistake. I'm sick of tech news people trying to pass off their own opinions as news and facts. Especially when many of these opinions are based on bad information and bad reasoning.

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    financial sense

    so the real question is, did it make sense to give up on the PDA market? if its so lucrative, why has palm, the market leader, been having such financial troubles? why has handspring gone away (or been absorbed)? what are the real financial figures for the PocketPC divisions of HP, Dell, and others who've made this an important part of their product lineups? i don't have any figures, but it would be interesting to see how other more profitable biz groups are supporting development of handhelds.

    as we all know, apple sells well when they innovate. the iPod was a risk, but it sells well because (up until now), there just hasn't been any competition. but to have continued the newton would have made it difficult to bring the company back to profitability. its easy to understate how bad apple's financial health was when they let that go. and now to jump back into it would make little sense.

    lastly, if i can sync all my phone numbers to my cell phone and other contact info to my iPod, do i really need to carry around a PDA as well?!? the utility of the digital hub is really the genius of OS X.

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    Newton as first wave...

    This is hardly an Apple problem - the firsts of everything fail after the second wave improves and removes unintended consequences... banks went thru this - the first bankers were replaced by what are now in fact more like real estate holding companies.

    Who had the first laptop? Tandy/Kyocera. They were passed by Apple.

    Who had the first cell phone? Motorola, eclipsed by Nokia.

    And would you like to talk game consoles?

    It's not an Apple thing, it's that the early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

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    Integration...

    ...would seem to offer opportunities, having read reviews of the Handspring TREO phones that integrate Palm with wireless - fully 1/3 of customers are unhappy (cNet) especially with hardware design & support - areas where Apple tends to succeed...

    iSync & iPod might offer in inroad...

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    cd-rw

    Jobs honestly admitted Apple was wrong with not including cd-rw drives, and moved to correct that.

    Just one case to prove the TechNewsWorld columnist implications are wrong.

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    Jobs is wise

    Jobs seems happy to support Palm and let them cope with the shrinking PDA market as smartphones and other devices gradually swallow up this market in the name of integration. Plenty of companies have fallen by the wayside or been swallowed up, Psion, Handspring for example.

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    RE: Jobs is Wise

    Very well said. The market for PDA's is extremely volatile and PC Tablets are a niche market. Who doesn't know that? Oh yeah, this writer.

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    Writer is a dumbass

    Apple is not Microsoft. They don't have some deep-seated need to be the dominant supplier in every friggin market.

    As long as Apple products interoperate well with other companies' products, then Apple doesn't need to make their own PDA. I wouldn't buy one anyway, I'd rather just carry my T68i, which syncs with Entourage just fine. I don't even use the Contacts or Calendar features in my iPod.

    The current crop of tablet PCs run Windows, and I don't think they've sold 200,000 of *those*. Why should Apple flush money down the toilet to develop a product for such a tiny market? So the suckers who bought Windows tablets can denigrate the Apple offering and feel better about the hunk of junk they bought?

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