OK, so I’m going to go on record that I believe the alleged Apple iSlate/tablet will actually be quite successful.
Before Apple’s laptops had taken over the notebook category, there were users who had great desktops, with crappy notebooks they toted around. As the expected-quality grew for notebooks, because of Apple’s great PowerBooks, then MacBooks, large quantities of consumers began simply paying the single price for a great notebook.
Oh, there’s been mobile tablet PC’s for a while, but the segment isn’t real until Apple makes something for it.
I propose that we’ll see a return to the SOP of having a great desktop at home, with an affordable netbook or tablet in tote. Yes, the Apple version will top off the scale with a Grover Cleveland, but there will be a wide variety of alternate tablets, some sporting Linux and Android, and a few cursed with the latest crap from Redmond.
But the point is that Apple will once again choose the direction of travel.