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Is the iPad going to be another classic example of disruptive innovation for the PC in the same way that the PC disrupted the mainframe and mini computer market? It sure seems to be on the right track. The iPad doesn’t offer all the power and functionality of the PC but what it does offer is enough to make people want to use the device in similar yet different ways than the PC. You have the incumbent market leaders (Microsoft, HP, Dell etc.) downplaying the significance of the iPad yet at the same time trying to compete by offering inferior products that don’t really match the power and uniqueness of the iPad.

The PC disruption took many years to really change the landscape of computing but we didn’t have the Internet, social networking and social media that we have today so the accelerated pace that we are seeing with the iPad disruption should not be a surprise. The accelerated pace of disruptive innovation will continue to grow because we are moving from a push to a pull economy. When you consider the millions of apps in the App Store, Apples continued exploitation of the mobile market that it grew with the iPhone, mobility and the mobile market place that Apple created is poised to knock off more than just the likes of Microsoft.

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The more competition there is for the Apple iPad there is the better. I say this as an iPad fan. Apple needs competition to keep on raising the bar so competition is a good thing.

My 2011 Tablet watch list includes:

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer – ASUS is or originator of the netbook and has a lot of experience building options into their hardware. The flexibility that ASUS provides with the 4 different flavors of the Eee Pad as well as features like docking stations, 16 hours of battery life and a sliding keyboard may provide enough incentive for people to explore.

HP webOS Tablet – HP wisely pulled back on releasing a tablet with the Windows 7 in 2010 and has spent the last year working on its webOS. The courage it takes for a company to forgo short term gains for long term potential suggests that they may have something really significant to release. We will all know on February 9.

Apple iPad 2.0 – This is a no brainer–Apple has had great success and will hopefully put the camera into the iPad as well as many other features that seem to be missing. If history is correct there may also be a bit of price break on the original iPad causing even more and an impact on the competition.

It is going to be a banner year for the tablet and I am looking forward to what the future will bring.

WOW! I have had two different iPads over the past year so I guess I am part of these statistics. The interesting part is that this is just the beginning. It will be interesting to see how much of the 90% market share will be lost to the competitors. Looking forward to next years stats.

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Jobs does make some very valid points in his comments on the Blackberry, Android and 7 inch tablets.

In addition to pointing out that Apple has surpassed RIM in selling smart phones Jobs also points out that RIM has not gone beyond sustaining innovation and to have any hope of catching Apple they must:

…move beyond their area of strength and comfort

RIM is the next text book example of the effects of disruptive innovation–I have been saying this for the past two years.

Perhaps the best part of the whole article was Jobs’ assessment of Android’s problems being an issue of fragmentation. He points out that the “Open” platform of Android is actually it biggest problem and as a result many Android apps only run on selected Android versions and on specific devices. In contrast Apple offers an integrated platform in which everything just works and the user doesn’t have to become a system integrator. While there is a fair amount of truth in the fragmentation argument and we have over a decade of evidence from the Linux world to attest to the hindrance of fragmentation we haven’t see a company as focused as Google involved in the development of and OS so there may be hope that Android will beat the odds and unite all parties.

Putting his biases aside Jobs makes some very relevant points and as the current leader of disruptive innovation he has earned the right to make the claims that he does and we should at least consider his arguments.

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Jason Hiner the Editor in Chief of TechRepublic makes the argument that Microsoft’s misguided tablet is the apothesis of the company. Balmer’s notion that Windows 7 will run on Slate PC’s in 2010 has not and will not realized because a tablet PC are much more than just another form factor for Windows. All one has to do is look at the success of the iPad and the forthcoming Android tablets to see that these devices are much more like smartphones than they are like PC.

HP and ASUS have both dropped their intentions to create a Windows 7 tablet due to the excessive power consumption of Windows 7. Hiner goes onto blame the lack of leadership or poor leadership for Microsoft’s current plight. Perhaps this is just the latest example of the impact of disruptive innovation. The iPhone and now the iPad have radically changed the tech industry in the past 2-3 years so perhaps we are starting to see the beginning of the end of Microsoft’s dominance.

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