Thursday, January 28, 2010

iPad A Secret Push Into China

This is the first of many speculations and analysis regarding the iPad on my part. Mostly speculation because while the Apple media event to officially, and I say "officially" only because we've known about it in one capacity or another for months), to the world, we still don't know a whole lot about it.

But it's interesting that many folks have indicated that it supports simplified Chinese while not traditional Chinese writing. Why is this significant?

Simplified Chinese is the official written language used by China while pretty much Chinese everywhere else still use Traditional Chinese. And with 1.3 billion Chinese in China, it means more folks uses it.

So, is Apple's omission of support for Traditional Chinese a signal that Jobs and company will be pushing the iPad hard into the Chinese market?

We'll see where the iPad goes from here but don't be surprised if Apple will use the iPad as a Trojan Horse, to create a halo effect for other Apple products and services. $499 iPad versus a $999 Macbook is a no brainer.

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