40hz, perhaps you're not really suggesting that there are "only" these 2 camps, but even suggesting they're the majority seems dubious to me.
The sad thing is I think it *will* appeal to average people- Oshyan
Actually, for the purposes of this discussion, I am
suggesting just that.
But I don't mean to imply either side has an automatic advantage when it comes to technical sophistication or depth of knowledge. Sorry if I might have come across that way.
To me it comes down to whether or not you're comfortable living within a completely closed
information and software ecosystem.
If you don't have a problem with that, Apple's product philosophy will work for you.
If you do
have a problem with some entity arbitrarily deciding what you can have and what you can do with it, then it won't. And that's a problem that will remain for this group even if they never actually do exercise their freedom of choice
. Having available options is what's crucial to them.
Group A-types believe in the notion of a single
to do things.
Group B-types believe in the notion of a selection
of "better" ways
to accomplish things.
So yeah, I guess I really do believe it breaks down into two groups.
The funny thing (to me) is how I keep hearing about the so-called "average person" or "average computer user." From my experience, I'm firmly convinced there's no such a thing - unless you want to apply that label to all the people who don't much care what they use and who therefor take whatever they're given.
Again, this is just my two cents on the topic - but I see a very significant crossroad coming up for the personal computing community. And I see the iPad as one of the first manifestations of the direction it could go in if this product (or some philosophical equivalent) gains widespread market acceptance.
Apple always maintained they were more about vision, ideas, and attitudes than they were about physical products. I think the iPhone and iPad represent an alternate vision of where Apple thinks the world is going (or should be going) when it comes to ubiquitous data access and communications.
It's hard not to sound melodramatic, but the simple truth is there's an awful lot at stake here. You have two irreconcilable visions of how the future web and infospace should work.
And the market will ultimately decide which path the world will go down based on what sells best.
So I guess we'll have to just wait and see if George Orwell - or should I say Steve Jobs(?) - is right.
-----Note: did a minor edit to correct the grammar in one rambling sentence.