The tablet PC market is going to be in a flux for a while. While companies like HP have temporarily given up, others like RIM are still keeping a toe in while new ones are diving in with varying platform offerings. The mini-iPad, if/when Apple launches it, will further divide the market. It will be positioned against devices from so many other companies and may even end up eroding sales of the original iPad.
Aside from Apple, it's going to be a while before we know who will win and lose here.
I agree that if the mini comes in at a lower price point, Apple is responding to the market rather than leading it. That typically isn't Apple's strategy. So I wonder, if, similar to the iPad 3, something unexpected will happen with the mini. If so, what will that be?
With the iPad mini, Apple is probably planning to slow down Samsung's successful upward trend on its similar sized tablet on the market.
Given that porting the iOS to a smaller tablet should not be a big problem, this is a great opportunity for Apple to establish its presence in the small tablet market. However, small screen size will mean that the existing iPad applications will need to be redesigned to support the new small screen size and therefore the adoption of the new mini may take some time until there is a good base of applications available for it.
I think having a cheaper and smaller version of the iPad is a good move and I can see a good market for it.
That trend is bringing to my mind what happened in the area of "mini", for example for netbook; it seems results in terms of profit was not so good, but in such way it open the doors to new competitors making the market more excited. But if Samsung has decided to not play in the sector, I am sure there is a good reason for explaining it.
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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.