What will be Amazon's innovative contribution? It should not be very difficult to understand consumer need and innovate new unique features. What processor will they use - will it be MIPS or ARM? Is Amazon interested in RIM takeover. It will help them in tablet market.
True, and raises the question of whether an "Amazon Store" might be in the works along the lines of the Apple stores. Now may not be the time for Amazon to open storefronts for their devices in California. The sales/use tax dispute surrounding Amazon has led to a bill to limit the ballot initiative process.
Didn't see that one coming...still think of Kindle as an e-reader. I've also read that with some downlaodable software a Kindle can gain much of the same functionailty of an iPad. So it makes sense this could happen, but I wonder about the support infrastructre Amazon provides. For better or worse, Apple still supports its products really well.
It would be interesting to see Amazon bringing out a new tablet on to market. This shouldn't be like a simple kid on the block. This tablet should have Android and equal performance hardware like ipad. I do not think they can have too low prices but a 100$ below ipad could help.
I read an interesting article about the tablet war on The Economist. This article goes into some details about the price disparity and consumer psychology. It seems not only Amazon but Barnes&Noble's Nook can become a competitor to iPad. Amazon is also entering into cloud service and is providing 5 GB of data storage for free for music collection. So, it seems that Apple will face some competition in coming times.
It will be a great delight to see the price of ipad3 come down, but it is not likely. For purpose of argument, the competition will now be between the e-readers and the ipad enthusiasts. Apple and Amazon will now have to compete for those who are either new to the two or just plain frugal and do not need all the frills that ipad has.
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Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
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