"Yesterday I watched Apple's Steve Jobs unveil the iPad. Jobs
clearly can create revolutionary products; he can also produce spin
like no one else. Yesterday was no exception.
"His main message about the iPad was "a magical device at a
breakthrough price." He repeated this many times throughout the
pitch and twice at the end. This phrase demands an honest response:
how will Linux-based devices compete with the iPad?
"You might expect the Executive Director of the Linux Foundation
to state with full confidence that Linux-based competitors will
crush the iPad. Linux *can* compete in one area. $499 - $829 may be
a breakthrough price for Apple and their margins, but it's no
comparison to the price competition Linux-based devices can offer.
Vendors creating Tablets, slates, phones or other devices do not
have to pay the per-unit pricing of other platforms. Apple products
command a premium and Jobs will never cannibalize their pricing
power. While I do believe that Linux can compete, and win, on
price, I'm left to question: what about the magic?"