Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Apple Untethered iOS Devices At the Right Time

Many folks have been clamoring for Apple to provide wireless sync and other updates via the air or cloud as far back as iPhone 3G.  Until Monday with iCloud, Apple has never talked about it once.  And the timing of it could have not been any better.

First, MobileMe, to summarize Steve Jobs, was a disaster.  And I hope with iCloud, things will change.  We'll know soon enough.

Second, I believe Apple's mobile strategy is near completion.  Sure, we won't be able to stream our music even after Apple has match what's in our music library to what is on the cloud but most people blame dismal state of our cellular Internet than on Apple's unwillingness to do that.  

And lastly, today, Gartner released some pretty bad PC numbers and they attribute it to the iPad.  In fact, they don't mention "post-PC" the way Apple execs do but the writing is there  And they don't give iPad the whole credit but let's face it, the whole tablet market is the iPad.  I don't think I'm going out on a limb here to say that 8 out of 10 people are buying Apple's tablets.

This past point in important.  Consumers are buying iPads instead of laptops or netbooks.  And without a PC at home, there is no way to activate their iOS gears.  We still cannot do it.  However, once iOS 5 is released in the fall, we'll truly enter a post-PC era.

And as PC growth continue to slow or contract in some market, Apple untethering the iPad, iPhone, or the iPod touch could not have come at a better time.  Now, just take your new Apple gear home, charge it up and start using it.

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