“Apple is trying to turn the PC into an appliance they control from bottom (the processor) to top (apps and content). Instead of just selling you a PC and never hearing from you again, they sell you an iPad and have an ongoing revenue stream from you forever. The question is whether people will trade freedom for convenience. I think they will. They have before.” — Daniel Lyons, tech editor at Newsweek.
Agreed. Though…..what we may see developing here is a different hierarchy of usage. One, as Lyons describes, fairly hierarchical, orderly and tailored — with the option (through Safari browser or by other means) to go off and explore the wild side of the open web. The two may co-exist, just in ways they haven’t before.