Well look at this position: Other companies have been snipping at Apple's proverbial heels for years & have not been able to catch up. Unless there is a MAJOR drop of the ball here, they should be able to maintain that competitive edge for a while. Especially since Apple already has the fan & customer base of loyalists. What other company do you think can even compare to that element nowadays?
We can never predict the change in this product category inclusive where consumers demands change and companies trying to satisfy consumers and as well as attracting them with different designs, software (apps), hardware and more.
Low-cost does not necessarily mean real competitor. There will be many options but Apple's premium brand and offering will be the 1st choice for the near & far future. Until they legitimately become a 2nd or 3rd choice, it will be water off their backs in this game.
iPAD is cynosure. But there is market for low cost tablets at around $200. New players may aim for this market. Intel may provide new semiconductor to compete with Apple in lower end of spectrum. We eagerly await Intel's new semiconductor portfolio and also news from Amazon.
As HP out of tablet business its really in apple's way. They are the first one who introduced tablet to the world. I assume they are going to come out with some new addon features in next coming months.
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Thailand Stages a Comeback 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.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
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.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
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.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.