There was absolutely NO reason to have Scott Forestall (sp?) on stage, because there weren’t any new iOS announcements. Not even a point release (6.0.1). Remember Scott’s the iOS guy, so he has no need to be up there when nothing about iOS was discussed (beyond “It’s the best mobile OS ever, booyah!” that is).
Scott Forestall was in the audience sitting with some of the other executives. This was all hardware info, so I agree, nothing for him to announce this time.
Comment by John Cutler — October 24, 2012 @ 7:23 am
Although I really like your respective podcasts, I think you really dropped the ball on this one. Apple had no choice but to refresh the iPad 3 prior to the holiday season and at the launch of the iPad Mini. Most people, in the US at least, seem to have forgotten the one major flaw with the iPad 3: with the exception of the US and Canada, in most countries of the world the iPad 3 was only a 3G capable device. Apple couldn’t go another holiday season without LTE. And with the introduction of the LTE capable iPad Mini, Apple would look pretty foolish continuing to sell a more expensive 3G iPad next to a less expensive LTE capable iPad Mini. In my opinion, this was not the main reason, but the only reason for the timing of this refresh. The Lightening connector and faster processor were just a bonus.
Comment by Douglas Smith — November 12, 2012 @ 10:45 am