Apple's introduction of their new tablet PC instantly makes an impact on the rest of the tech industry. Here's who I think winners and losers are.
- Third-party apps/games developers: This offers another platform for developers to build their apps and benefits apps that need more screen space.
Hulu: I've totally been waiting for a tablet like this to watch Hulu on!
- Sling Media, maker of SlingBox and SlingPlayer: Watch your home TV/DVR from the tablet, another one I've been looking forward to.
- New York Times and other book/magazine/newspaper publishers: This offers a new way for readers to access their content.
- NetFlix: They are well-positioned with video streaming.
- Cloud Computing industry and its players: The tablet is small enough and light enough to carry around everywhere, but the screen is large enough to easily access and view data in the cloud; while the on-screen keyboard lets you do some real work.
- Belkin and other accessory makers: Another device that needs cases, docks, extra power adapters and cables for.
- Fusion Garage, maker of the JooJoo tablet: The falling out with TechCrunch sounded bad, but Apple coming out with their tablet could really crunch them.
- Amazon: The Kindle seemed to fare well against competing e-readers. However, the iPad is an entirely different device, which could compete for consumers' money, time, and attention.
- Nintendo and Sony: The iPad is another gaming platform, and will draw a lot of casual gaming.
- PC makers who manufacture NetBooks: It may not be the exact same device, but a tablet will compete as a secondary device after a person's first primary PC.
- Microsoft: Takes away from usage of Windows and Internet Explorer.
- Digital photo frame makers: It obviously costs more, but the iPad offers a complete superset of digital photo frame functionality - it makes digital photo frames obsolete, doesn't it?
- Google: Wins on more usage of their sites/apps, especially YouTube. The tablet will compete against Android and Chrome OS devices though.
- AT&T?: With 3G capability, people can buy an unlimited data plan for $29.99. However, will people use fewer text messages and voice minutes?