When will the iPad replace the Macbook?

Recently I read one of these predictive articles that industry pundits love to make. Usually they are the kind of article you can reread in five years and have a good laugh. The headline read iPad casts shadow on MacBook and of course I got sucked into reading it. The article took the point of view of walking into an Apple Store, talking to some of the employees, and getting the impression that the MacBook Air, and in fact maybe the whole MacBook line was doomed.

Will Apple go to the blogs?

“Giles Turnbull on weblogs.oreilly.com” wrote:

There’s something that Microsoft is doing much better than Apple. Not only doing it better, but improving with each and every day that goes by. It is a cutting-edge activity for large corporations, something that few businesses today have even tried, let alone got right. But Microsoft has got it right and is reaping the benefits.

What is this mysterious activity I’m talking about?

Opening up.

Microsoft is opening up like no other company I have ever seen. Just take a look at all the detailed information … that is coming out on weblogs written by the coders and managers working on each project.

These weblogs are … full of detail, full of facts, full of stories of success and sometimes failure.

It sounds really wonderful doesn’t it? People are watching the inner workings of Microsoft by reading blogs. Shouldn’t Apple do the same thing?

Waiting for the iTunes mobile/iPod phone.

This was posted at Engadget. Oh I already have an iPod. In fact it is a 5Gb; the very first model. I quickly found out that I couldn’t fit my entire CD library on there so I developed my playlists and swapped music continuously. Now with smart playlists I don’t even think about it too much any more, I don’t really need another iPod until this one dies.