The iPad was not designed to be all things for all people. How much better would the iPad need to be selling to convince these pundits that Apple nailed it, that they struck gold with the iPad’s concept and execution? There may well be gold in other spots on the tablet frontier, but Apple is going to keep digging in the same spot.
This isn’t so black and white. Pundits, who want Apple to sell a $200 iPad, paint it as black and white. Gruber, who thinks Apple is a runaway success, paints it as black and white.
Apple isn’t going to try to dig where others are already digging, but Apple isn’t going to keep digging in the same spot. I think even Apple knows that competitors may still rise up, and they need to continue to make the best products.
No amount of iPad sales will stop the pundits from pontificating. But, we hope also, no amount of iPad sales will stop Apple from innovating.