Here’s a prediction or three about the iWhatever, Apple’s new geegaw.
We all know it’s a tablet-y e-reader thing that will do books, newspapers, videos music and the web, probably with some kind of subscription model.
I bet that subscription stuff is not available outside the USA for ages. I reckon Apple has done deals in the USA, probably Disney-centric deals, and that the subscription stuff is limited to start with. So the company won’t bother selling the iWhatever outside the USA until it gets more deals up.
This will demonstrate, yet again, how odd it is that we have a global network to excite people about content but national arrangements for its release and distribution. Apple treads carefully with its content partners, so I suspect the iWhatever will not begin to erode these odd arrangements. But just as the music industry took a while to wise up to digital distribution when the iPod came along, I suspect the iWhatever will start the process of eroding national content fiefdoms.