The market was created by Apple. That doesn’t mean there couldn’t be a strong No. 2 player.Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman • Reversing course entirely on two of former CEO Leo Apotheker’s key decisions as CEO — the departure of the tablet market (and the ensuing lulz) and the spinning off of the PC market. As for the latter, Whitman claims it would’ve been far too expensive — it would’ve cost billions and would’ve proven extremely inefficient. “If you try to hive a division off, it’s really hard because you almost have to recreate the whole thing,” she said. Will this be enough? source (via • follow)
The speed at which it disappeared from inventory has been stunning. We have decided to produce one last run of TouchPads to meet unfulfilled demand.A statement from Hewlett-Packard • Revealing that the company’s late-round success with the HP TouchPad was enough that they’re going to produce more of them and sell them at fire-sale prices. Which is hilarious, and tells us all that the decision to stop selling them was perhaps a little too rash. Good work, HP! source (via • follow)
idroolinmysleep said: This is strange. the TouchPad page on HP’s own website has the $99 and $149 prices with links to a bunch of shopping sites (including BB) right there. Maybe they only want to sell them online?
» SFB says: That’s my best guess. Best Buy in particular took a bit of a hit on the TouchPad — they have a couple hundred thousand in stock, reportedly. You’ll notice that the HP site shows them at $99, but it is in fact not selling them at this time. — Ernie @ SFB
» Openly gunning for Apple’s market: The TouchPad, coming out on July 1, doesn’t just share the same cost as the iPad; it’s also the same size, and has many other striking similarities as well. However, what does set it apart is WebOS, which will also make its way to HP laptops eventually. It will be interesting to see how this feature-for-feature cage match pans out.