Doomsayers are predicting that Apple's iPad will hinder the adoption of SSDs in PCs. The argument, made by unnamed sources cited by DigiTimes, goes something like this: the iPad will suck up supplies of Nand Flash chips through 2010, that will encourage suppliers to up the price of whatever is left over, limiting the storage …
SSD will never become mainstream...
... until the price drops to below 10 pence per GB. When you have so much choice with large & cheap hard drives, with even many notebook drives running at 7200rpm, why would you spend a huge wedge of cash on an SSD with comparatively low capacity.
These days, with digital cameras taking 12+MP pics, and HD video, consumers need all the storage space they can get.
Economies of scale
1. Why would anybody by an iPad? No really. Why? LCD picture frames are much cheaper in Curry's.
2. If iPads do suck in demand for SSD the price rise will only be in the short term; economies of scale will soon push prices back down again.