This week, Apple raised the bar on the education-related expectations from the tech industry. The introduction of iBooks 2 and Apple’s entrance into digital and interactive textbooks certainly turned a few heads and raised eyebrows. And then the mud-slinging came.
Just as quickly as the blogs and tweets were posted announcing the details of the announcement, the nay-sayers were creating lists of all the things [they feel are] wrong with Apple’s iBooks Author and the textbooks themselves: limitations of only viewing on Apple’s own iPads, no real ePub exporting options, Apple taking their 30% share, and of course, the EULA limiting who actually “owns” what.
Now just a second.
Thank you, Apple. Thanks for putting in thousands of R & D hours, thanks for being innovative, thanks for having vision, thanks for being tech giant who is willing to listen and explore new approaches.
You didn’t get it exactly right [in the tech giant of Ryan Malany’s eyes] the first time, but you did something. You raised the bar. Just like when you omitted the floppy drive from G3 towers and iMacs. Everyone freaked out. Nay-sayers pointed out 197 things wrong with it. And years later, it’s tough to buy a [any brand] computer with one.
We’ve seen this before: you’ll take in customer feedback, you’ll revisit your first generation software restraints, you’ll update, revise, and release. Other companies are probably already hard at work emulating your software. They’ll release it [after you’ve done the back-work] at a lower costs with more options and people will continue to complain about Apple’s high[er] costs.
Thank you for being first. Thank you for raising the bar, Apple.