When it comes to the elusive, flopping Tablet, the naysayers always point back to two points: handwriting recognition and how to market a device to a population the size of the world that spends eternities taking notes. Well, there actually is another issue, and it got highlighted in the recent New York Times article that kicked this up a notch. Here’s the quote:
Another former Apple executive who was there at the time said the tablets kept getting shelved at Apple because Mr. Jobs, whose incisive critiques are often memorable, asked, in essence, what they were good for besides surfing the Web in the bathroom.
Even though it is a negative characterization, it flushes out the real reason why everyone is (still) having a hard time trying to figure out how to market a Tablet. Folks are just afraid to admit that there is a Stall Surfing market out there and market it to it. I guess technology and toilets just don’t go together.