Prius Brakes, iPad Prices
Out On A Limb
My usual left-justified heading is all the way on the right just to emphasize that I'm out an a limb here. By vice of this web site, I'm regarded as a Prius guru among my friends and acquaintances. Why, just last week an inquiry poured in about some Prius feature and I dispatched it with panache and authority. In today's news, following several days of increasing hysteria about unintended acceleration in various Toyota vehicles, we were treated to a story about braking problems in the 2010 Toyota Prius. Toyotas apparently can't accelerate correctly or stop correctly. Soon we'll find out that even when they're standing still, they have a special component that somehow attracts meteors. Needless to say, when an issue affecting the lives and safety of millions of people arises, no matter how small the issue may be, hackles and cudgels* are raised. So, to save myself from responding to the thousands of millireaders who are sure to put me to the Question on this, I thought I'd elucidate the facts, at least as I am personally familiar with them.
Q: What is the braking problem with the
Q: Do you have any idea why that happens?
Q: You're personally familiar with this?
Q: But wait! This problem is being
reported for the 2010 Prius. I know you don't have one or you
would surely have mentioned it.
Q: Then why is it just now making the news?
Q: It sounds to me like it's a real
problem. Why don't you think it matters?
Q: In other words, it's not a big deal,
Prius owners shouldn't panic, and should take this in stride as they
should the meteor-attractant.
Q: What if you're wrong?
The Apple iPad Pricing Conundrum
Before the iPad was introduced, speculation was that it would cost around a kilobuck. Apple stunned everyone with low end pricing of half that—$499 for the 16GB version. It only approaches the kilobuck when you get it from 16GB to 64GB of storage and add the 3G wireless capability. I have to assume that Apple believes that most of the customers will go for the high-end version.
I think they won't. The 16GB version, at $499, looks like quite the bargain. Price increments for the additional storage are Apple at its unconscionable best. The iPhone and iPod are quintessentially portable devices, sometimes with no or slow wireless connections. For them it makes perfect sense to get as much memory as possible. In fact, the iPod Touch, a device which I personally love, will become mine as soon as it makes the leap to 128GB, which will be barely enough for my music. But the iPad? If it's going to sit in a cradle at home or otherwise be used where there's reliable Wi-Fi, why pay, in effect, $200 for 48GB of storage when network storage is essentially free? We'll find out soon enough if my speculation is correct. Look for a shortage of the cheap version and an abundance of the others.
* First zeugma alert of the new decade. First asterisk of the new decade, for that matter!