Thanks for the link. It seems like the Surface MT is expected to cost about the same as the iPad, and will be its competitor. Now I am very curious to know why you are going to change your iPad for the Surface?
Hospice, As somebody else has mentioned, Apple and many of its competitors sell a higher percentage of their products outside the United States so the idea of where the products are made would be less important for these "foreign" buyers. However, for the American market, this is a sensitive subject although it hasn't negatively impacted Apple so far.
Taking this farther. There's "made in the USA" but there's also "made in Europe". This is taking place more than many of us think in certain niche markets. We will be blogging on this with examples on EBN over the next weeks.
Mid-July is just around the corner, so pretty soon we are going to see how the U.S. market reacts to the Nexus Q. I don't have any particular interest in this product, though, other than the fact that it's the first Designed and Manufactured in the U.S.A. Google product, which makes it interesting.
Yes, you have a good point as the iPad is not the only tablet option any more as it was at the beginning. But again I have to point out at the apps. Do you think you wouldn't miss your iPad apps if you switch to a Surface or a Google Nexus?
Have you already checked out the Surface? I haven't, so I can't tell anything about it yet. It's on my To Do list, though, together with the new Mac. :)
According to this article, the The Nexus Q will cost $299 and it will be released in mid-july in as well as the Nexus 7 tablet. When will the next Apple device be released? I don't think it will be any time soon.
"Is there one that you can already think of as a revolutionary device, not being an Apple product? "
It is not that I can point to a device right now, but chances are that Apple will be facing more competitions in the smartphones and tablets market. For instance, I was about to upgrade my iPad (I stll have iPad 1), but with MSFT's new Surface and Google Nexus 7 tablet, getting an apple tablet is no longer my only choice. What if many other users were thinking like me?
EBN Dialogue enables and encourages you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Not only editors and journalists, but the entire EBN community is able to comment and ask questions. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats.
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.