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Apple’s 128GB iPad just gave every Android tablet maker a headache

“Apple’s announcement of a new iPad SKU with 128GB of storage is a wonderful tactical stroke,” Ewan Spence writes for Forbes. “While consumers are going to love the extra choice, and hardcore users will flock to the extra storage capacity, it’s the Android tablet manufacturers that are going to be crunching the numbers overnight.”

“By increasing the top level of storage on the iPad, it will drive public perception towards ‘tablets should have 128GB of storage,’” Spence writes. “That 128GB has been seen as a psychological target by many people looking at iOS devices, and now it’s here (and is following the standard Apple model of doubling storage for $100 more) many will say it was obvious.”

Spence writes, “The competition are still kicking around at the 64GB mark, although some are not even that close. The Nexus 10? 16GB or 32 GB. The Galaxy Note? 16GB to 64Gb. The BlackBerry PlayBook? 16GB to 64GB. The Kindle Fire? 16GB to 32GB for the seven inch, and 64GB for the 8.9 inch. Apple has topped them all, and the other manufacturers are going to have to start offering higher specs in storage or run the risk of being left behind… The iPad 4 with 128GB hits the stores in seven days, and the competition are left standing still. Even if they wanted to react, they’re going to be at a disadvantage in terms of manufacturing and sourcing supplies… “

Read more in the full article here.

Apple dominates smartphone OS satisfaction survey

ChangeWave Research, a service of 451 Research, looked at operating system customer satisfaction based upon the OS consumers have on their smartphones.

As in previous ChangeWave surveys, Apple is the clear leader with 71% of iOS users saying they are Very Satisfied with their phone.

What may be a surprise to some is that users of Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system (53%) now rank it higher in terms of customer satisfaction than do users of the Android mobile operating system (48%).

ChangeWave Research: Mobile OS Satisfaction Ratings - December 2012

Source: ChangeWave Research

MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote well over a year ago on October 27, 2011:

Windows Phone will be popular. Over time, it’ll eat the lunch of the increasingly fragmented, increasingly insecure, and increasingly costly Android (losing patent infringement lawsuits and dropping features/paying royalties to multiple IP owners will do that to you).

The not-iPhone world will begin to dump Android and move to Microsoft’s mobile OS offering because it will eventually cost less, work better, and come with far fewer legal issues. In the iPhone wannabe market, it’s already happening (Nokia, for example). We expect the same to happen in the iPad wannabe market, too. Google and Microsoft will long battle each other for the non-Apple markets and that’s a much better scenario for everyone than having a single ripoff artist flood the market with fragmented, insecure, beta-esque, mediocre-at-best products. Google’s attempt to be the next Microsoft is doomed.

This, of course, will also impact Google’s search business. Apple’s Siri will increasingly deliver info to users sans Google and Microsoft will, naturally, use Bing for their search. As we’ve said many times in the past: Google will rue the day they got greedy by deciding to try to work against Apple instead of with them.

The bottom line: We’d rather see a company trying unique ideas, even if – shockingly – it’s Microsoft, than the wholesale theft of Apple innovations that we’ve been seeing for over four [five] years now. Don’t steal IP. Even worse, don’t steal IP and “claim to be innovators.” We have no problem with any companies that attempt to compete with Apple using their own unique ideas and strategies.

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