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As a side note, my grandmother used Windows ME for 6 years without ever needing tech support. (Results not Typical) should follow your bullshit generalizations.
Printing is a big one, its not that hard to detect and download a printer driver automatically, every desktop OS does it and it's great.
The USB functionality, at the very least for (you guessed it, printers) and flash drives would make this the primary tool for a great many college students. Why tether a device to a desktop when the device is perfectly capable by itself of handling all kinds of file manipulation.
That last point is the singular reason i have no interest in owning an ipad, the network device and file support is in the dark ages. Even apple supported apps like the vaunted keynote remote are horribly buggy, slow, and unintelligent, often requiring router configuration without the help of man pages. Is it really that hard to believe that offices WANT a slick, intuitive interface for accessing and manipulating documents on a local network, a flash drive?
There's still alot of untapped market demand, the ipad only scratched the surface.
Step 2: Retrofit camera with digital backing
Step 3: Stick now-retrofitted camera into someone's love-hole.
Step 4: ??
Step 5: Profit!
What about security features ? Fire exits ?
Simple. They gave every man and male child a parachute in case of emergency, or just for plain fun. Airplane strikes the building, just open a window and glide away to safety. Assuming you don't have a burning airplane in your face of course.
my first experience with apple was in the public school system, i think we had apple II's. the interface was unwieldy and slow, there was no right click, i could navigate easier in DOS. Of course since then Mac's have improved, but the interface is still goofy. Easy there fanbois, i'm talking stock interface, not custom. The dock at the bottom is entirely useless, it doesn't close programs, only minimizes them, and doesn't display the active programs clearly at all. Plus the control bar (start bar, whatever) changing to the open program saves about 10 pixels of space, but takes extra hotkeys to return to the desktop and/or filesystem. This all on top of the fact that just about every aspect of the OS is held tightly under lock and key. So if you have any issues whatsoever with a program, your only recourse is to sit on it and spin. Give me Ubuntu or give me death.
On the other hand, apple makes amazing hardware. The iphone is slick, solid state, and speedy for a phone, with a pretty much intuitive interface (not perfect, but it works well enough) Likewise, the macbook pro's are just about the best built laptops you can find, with the best balance of battery life, performance, weight, and the aluminum chasis is just sexy.
If the tablet is even a fraction of what the rumors claim, (at least a multi touch, monolithic, solid state slate) it'll be a new market, and a huge one at that. I'll put up with apple interfaces if they keep delivering on the hardware.
The only object in existence that has curves but is still straight would be your mother.