Discount will never happen as the seats are booked solid very quickly. It is price that high partly due to high demand. If it is priced at $500, all the seats will be taken within minutes. I hope Apple will follow last WWDC by releasing the session videos free into iTunes U after the event.
People have been driving for web interface to rule them all for more than 10 years now. It will never happen in our life time. Those asking for web interface are mainly driving from tech management point of view, one development and interface for all devices and platforms. But consumers don't care and that's why the past few years we see the rise of native mobile interfaces. I see a future where native interface continues to rule, where the web is more the backend glues and data that network all together. Web interface might take a back seat when new generations user interface becomes standard. Touch has just become the standard, imagine a future with kinect like or advanced voice interface. Native interface on purpose build interface devices will have the opportunity to progress and advance the way we interface with the net and computer.
I wonder if the author actually own a first generation iPad. 16GB is enough if you have only one screenful of apps and games. 16GB is definitely not enough if you ever play games such as Infinity Blade (850M), Fifa 11 (1.2G), Real Racing 2 etc. And even GarageBand is over 400M. How about your mp3? movie files and ebooks? 32GB is more adequate.
And iPad 3 will be March 2012. It is too soon. iPad 2 might not even complete its worldwide launch by fall. The Fall rumour most likely is a 6 inch iPod touch launching in September iPod event.
The way Steve vigorously came out against 7" tablets makes me suspect they'll launch one, too. His logic was rather questionable (you need to sand your finger tips to points to use apps on a 7" tablet, but not a 3.5" phone?).
What he probably means by that is that he doesn’t want any further fragmentation. A 7" tablet would need an optimized UI for the reduced screen size (you can’t just shrink down iPad apps or blow up iPhone apps), Apple doesn’t want that.
There won’t be a 7" tablet anytime soon (within the next twelve months) and that whole September business is based on pure speculation, not any sources or evidence.
Facebook will then sing it big together with Bing, which might work towards Bing's advantage. I can see in a future Bing and Facebook eating more and more into Google's advertising dollar. Which can only be good as in competition is good.
I'm not sure why an article to rant about a common marketing practice? Earnings call bashing Android, Google IO attacks Apple, so on and on. Is Steve reaching the status of a saint and not allow to bash?