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afton
6th September 2009, 02:05 PM
I used to thought this is a stupid idea but after getting wrist pain
because of prolonged use of trackpad, I longed for a Mac tablet laptop.

khalil
6th September 2009, 02:50 PM
You only have to wait a few more days.

Jaste
6th September 2009, 03:08 PM
I want a tablet that runs all my iPhone applications so I can ditch the iPhone for a cheap handset that I only have to charge once or twice a week instead of once or twice a day.

halfthai
6th September 2009, 03:14 PM
I want the tablet for wifi when travelling and as a comic reader on the train each day. I love my 15" Pro, but I don't love carrying it in those circumstances.

drewbles
7th September 2009, 12:55 PM
<2 cents>
I see no value in tablet computing for the general user. How much of a flop were windows based tablets? MS did custom versions of the OS's for tablet and one of my friends actually had one at one stage. The only thing he said it was good for was reading news papers online, which a mouse can do just as well.

Why do people want a mac tablet? cause it's new shiny. IMHO, I can't see why Apple would release a product that's already proved to be a niche product at best. Certain industries use tablets and they're very good for what they need, but the mass market? Apple aren't going to release something that's not going to appeal to the mass market. The XServe range is obviously an exception here, but with that it's a token effort to get into the SME/SMB market.

</2 cents>

gehenna
7th September 2009, 01:05 PM
How much of a flop were windows based tablets?

Can't have been that big of a flop for them since they engineered a huge amount of Windows 7 to support touch interface. Let's be honest here, the failure of tablet computing to date hasn't been as much about software as it is about hardware - there have been some fairly poor tablet notebooks released over the years. The software has evolved over time but the hardware hasn't.

Now there is a big push to multitouch hardware, probably because the software developers have seen have seen what can be done with hardware like the iPhone/iPod Touch, and MS Surface - both of which use different methods for responding to touch but are built around the software. Devs know they don't have to settle for sub-standard hardware anymore, and that they can bring the right experience to consumers - something they've been trying to do for years but have been held back because of that awful hardware.

drewbles
7th September 2009, 11:02 PM
Can't have been that big of a flop for them since they engineered a huge amount of Windows 7 to support touch interface. Let's be honest here, the failure of tablet computing to date hasn't been as much about software as it is about hardware - there have been some fairly poor tablet notebooks released over the years. The software has evolved over time but the hardware hasn't.

Now there is a big push to multitouch hardware, probably because the software developers have seen have seen what can be done with hardware like the iPhone/iPod Touch, and MS Surface - both of which use different methods for responding to touch but are built around the software. Devs know they don't have to settle for sub-standard hardware anymore, and that they can bring the right experience to consumers - something they've been trying to do for years but have been held back because of that awful hardware.

Still beg to differ there. The tablet my mate had was a tablet/laptop (Acer) that would spin-n-fold to be a tablet or a laptop. Spec wise, it was on par of the laptops of the time, just no internal DVD drive (came with an external one).

There's a big push towards multitouch thanks to the iPhone. The question comes though, where does the size crossover start from useful portable mobile device to useless mobile device cause it needs a keyboard for input. Multitouch-physical input will be big, but on a "keyboardless laptop" (substituting that for tablet) I'm not so sure. Of course, as previously, it's only my 2c. I'm happy for a developer or hardware manufacturer to prove me wrong and release something totally useful. I'd be happy with a 10.5" MacBook type device, with keyboard. Apple has said they're not interested in the netbook market previously, but of course they're Apple. They reserve the right to change their mind if they think people will buy something :)

afton
7th September 2009, 11:08 PM
IMHO, I can't see why Apple would release a product that's already proved to be a niche product at best.

I like to use my MBP while curling up on bed and using trackpad is
cumbersome. Touch screen on a laptop is nice.
I hazard a guess there's a sizable market for people who likes to
use a touchscreen laptop while curling up on the bed.:p

Erwin
8th September 2009, 10:51 AM
I'll be getting one when it comes out. :)

gehenna
8th September 2009, 11:08 AM
Spec wise, it was on par of the laptops of the time.


You just made my point for me. The touch interface has never been that good on tablets. They work well as laptops because they were contemporary machines, but the touch interface was a new/growing technology. The software could only do what the hardware allowed it to do and in that regard the screens just weren't ready. That's no fault of the developers at Microsoft, but MS aren't a hardware company at all, they're software.

Which is where Apple comes in because they are a hardware AND software company. They wanted to make a touch interface device so they created the hardware and then developed the software for it - hence we have the iPhone/iPod Touch. They are in the unique position to be able to do this again for a larger tablet like device.

I mean look at the iPhone and compare it to it's competitor touch devices at the time - all using stylus or other such UI features. There you had one hardware vendor making the handset, another developer making the software, and probably yet more people involved in the design of the thing. It was all disjointed. It wasn't until you had a one stop shop - Apple - putting it all together that things went well for the consumer.

I think it's naive to consider that a large Apple touch device would follow any sort of convention that we've seen in the past with generic Tablet computers. The comparison can't be made, to say "I see no value in tablet computing for the general user" supports the fact that as with all the things Apple bring out it's not until release day that we actually will be able to see where the market demographic for this thing sits, and what their vision for it is.

Huy
8th September 2009, 11:23 AM
You only have to wait a few more days.

iTablet, not "iTouch".

drewbles
8th September 2009, 01:23 PM
I like to use my MBP while curling up on bed and using trackpad is
cumbersome. Touch screen on a laptop is nice.
I hazard a guess there's a sizable market for people who likes to
use a touchscreen laptop while curling up on the bed.:p

What percentage of the market is likely to fork out $1k plus to 'curl up in bed with a device'? That's what i'm getting at:) It's not going to be a huge market :)

drewbles
8th September 2009, 01:26 PM
I think it's naive to consider that a large Apple touch device would follow any sort of convention that we've seen in the past with generic Tablet computers. The comparison can't be made, to say "I see no value in tablet computing for the general user" supports the fact that as with all the things Apple bring out it's not until release day that we actually will be able to see where the market demographic for this thing sits, and what their vision for it is.


Oh look I concur that Apple is in the business of revolutionising ideas (CD player to iPod etc) but it's the lack-of-keyboard that's going to be a killer for most. Having to type out an email on a touch screen would quite possibly be maddening for most people (and I fear, myself included in that). The iPhone's keyboard is excellent, and I use it a lot. Typing with 1-2 fingers on an iPhone is not the most ideal interface. Admittedly, if the rumoured tablet comes to fruition, then the keyboard is going to be 'full screen' or at least significantly large enough to use with most peoples digits. I'm still reticent to say it'd be usable for most.

As previously mentioned, i'm happy to be proven wrong. That's the great thing about technology. You can have a pretty much set-in-stone idea, and one company comes along and blows that out of the water:)

Jaste
11th September 2009, 11:57 AM
Well I always wanted a Windows Tablet but I have never had the $4000 or kind employer to buy me a descent one. I would like to see an OS X one if it allowed eBook reading on a comfortable form factor as well as iPod stuff and access to iPhone Applications that don't require always on connectivity.

marc
22nd September 2009, 01:12 AM
I think the device everyone is describing as an Apple tablet is... the new iMac.

I also think it'd come with a physical keyboard and touch screen, but no mouse. Pure speculation, but you never know.

KaighNyne
22nd September 2009, 05:28 AM
Tablet computing (in terms of actual use) remains very specialized, and rightly so. This notion that tablet computer "is the future" is nonsense just as much as thinking of a hammer as an omnibus solution for every kind of work task.

I believe tablet computers are fantastic for certain kinds of things -- usually revolving around drawing and artistry, manipulation of large scale graphic data (such as for presentations), and doing certain kinds of graphical analysis (like in the medical field with x-rays, etc.) -- and they are mediocre to lousy for just about everything else. Imagine trying to code on a tablet, or working on spreadsheets, or even doing page layouts (print media or web design), and so on.

And no, I don't think simply adding an OSK is then going to get us "over the hump" for the other aspects of computing.

"Tablet computing" in the sense often put forth (that is, an omnibus solution) is a solution desperately in search of a problem.

Just my 2˘.

iJohn
22nd September 2009, 06:33 PM
sorry if this has been answered but what price range are wee looking at for the tablet?

timmytomtam
22nd September 2009, 06:52 PM
sorry if this has been answered but what price range are wee looking at for the tablet?

Well.. Considering it doesn't exist yet.. :p

iJohn
22nd September 2009, 07:51 PM
Well.. Considering it doesn't exist yet.. :p

Fk those google images fooled me :P. I can hear the word "Gullible" ringing

kiwijohn
22nd September 2009, 09:18 PM
I'm sure a BT keyboard & mouse would work with it if you wanted to use it like a desktop. Accessories like that & stands would hit pretty soon after it's launch I imagine.

east
23rd September 2009, 12:39 PM
tablet pc is a mobile device right?, yeah.
so, if you were to take it out with you, youd most likely be needing a hardshell case to protect the glass. this isnt some pocket size device that you can easily secure.
the extra actions you do pulling out the tablet off a case is not that different than a opening the lid of a laptop. For ergonomics, usability and features, the laptop its heaps better.

tablet computing is definitely a specialised field - you'll extra long thumbs for typing while holding the device.

Phunky
24th September 2009, 09:15 AM
Check this out!
Microsoft's dual screen tablet
I gotta say. the concept looks bloody good


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ZacDavies
5th October 2009, 01:02 AM
http://mac.appstorm.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/MT36_TabletFervor.jpg

euphospug
6th October 2009, 02:07 PM
why I want a tablet:

to be able to illustrate / colour / photoshop 'on screen'.

My main concerns will be that the tablet will be iPhone OS, and not powerful enough to handle heavy Photoshop work (multi layers) and that there will be little support for a stylus. I loath the idea of a stylus for the iPhone, but for a 'real-pen / real-pencil' feel, a stylus is a must...

I know that Wacom have these things wrapped up, but the cost of the Cintiq is way too rich for my blood. would be great for a MacTop drawing pad.

MissionMan
6th October 2009, 02:09 PM
The cost of a Cintiq wouldn't be far off a tablet anyway and combined with a decent machine it would be way better.

The_Hawk
6th October 2009, 02:28 PM
Computing technology has come far enough that a reasonably powered tablet it actually quite achievable and could provide things people would use in a home environment.

It should be a device to add to what you already use, not necessarily a replacement. For example, browsing/reading the net in the kitchen/lounge room for recipies, TV Guide, movie information etc. Reading social networking sites when you don't want to power up a full machine or spend lots of time writing stuff (which would be easier with a keyboard). Reading stuff like eBooks and papers while out and about. Simple things lika a dock which makes it double as a digital photo frame when not in use would add to the usefulness.

Consider it the same market at a netbook, lower powered devices that excel at certain tasks and *could be* used for everything but are not designed like that.

When it comes to price... well thats going to be a hard one, knowing Apple it would be higher... so where is a good point for a device which is somewhere inbetween an iPhone and a 13" MacBook? So somewhere in the range of $1,000 to $1,600...
Would you really pay that sort of money (or would you just get a 13" MacBook/Pro with more features)?
Would you carry both a 15/17" MBP and a iTablet?
Would you ditch your iPhone for a basic phone and get this instead?
Is this size device too big for listening to music?
(So would you have an iPod and phone and iTablet?)

Hype aside I know I don't know that I could justify such a device, especially since I have a MBP and an iPhone. The iPhone is just so damn good coming up with something in between that and the MacBook's is a hard ask...

nibbles
13th October 2009, 04:33 PM
thought i'd share a link of... An Apple Tablet, it's not a genuine one but it's bloody close to it. check it out tell me what you think. My Mac » Modbook (http://www.mymac.com.au/modbook.html)

drewbles i love your signature that has to be the funniest thing on top gear since um...

DJY
13th October 2009, 06:43 PM
This one will indeed be interesting to watch...

I bought a MBA as I travel extensively... and having used my 15" MBP since!

So MBA v tablet... mmm would need to review specs.

euphospug
13th October 2009, 06:49 PM
holy doo-dads!

yeah the price of a cintiq has come down HEAPS, I remember when I first looked about 3 years ago they were around $15,000 or something...

antzzz
15th October 2009, 12:38 PM
The table will be like a bigger iPod touch - expect to see Apple launch deals with Fairfax, News Limited and their mastheads available on the iTunes store and 'pushed' to your iTablet daily (subscription) or available ad-hoc.

gareth
23rd December 2009, 12:35 AM
i hope apple make something like this

http://www.ubergizmo.com/photos/2009/8/apple-tablet-desktop_02.jpg

wolfie
23rd December 2009, 01:12 AM
That mockup truly turns me on

StevenSiew
26th December 2009, 10:06 PM
A black woman has been seen with the new itablet.

This is so hush hush...

Check out the new itablet, It's black with blinking lights.

http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/memoryalpha/en/images/b/b6/TOS_PADD_2.jpg

Japester
26th December 2009, 10:39 PM
A black woman has been seen with the new itablet.

This is so hush hush...

Check out the new itablet, It's black with blinking lights.

http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/memoryalpha/en/images/b/b6/TOS_PADD_2.jpg

Bloody good!

glacierdave
27th December 2009, 06:26 AM
Oh look I concur that Apple is in the business of revolutionising ideas (CD player to iPod etc) but it's the lack-of-keyboard that's going to be a killer for most.

You're sorta making your own point here.

Apple has a reputation (and history) for revolutionising things.

The iSlate (some rumours point to this name) has been years in the making for Apple - they surely didn't take this sort of time just to come up with yet another tablet computer, or an iPod Touch on steroids.

Right now it's all rumours. Who knows what the device will end up being.

It appears that we might get to find out on 26 Jan though.

mitty
27th December 2009, 11:23 AM
http://www.tvscoop.tv/assets_c/2009/03/MMMflintstones-thumb-100x152-81109.gif

tcn33
29th December 2009, 08:53 AM
Interesting that Apple (or Slate Computing, which has been identified as a shell corporation for Apple) registered the Australian trademark for iSlate in 2006.

ATMOSS - Australian Trade Mark Online Search System (http://pericles.ipaustralia.gov.au/atmoss/falcon_details.show_tm_details?p_tm_number=1148593&p_search_no=4&p_ExtDisp=D&p_detail=DETAILED&p_rec_no=77&p_rec_all=91)

This one lapsed, and now they've reapplied in Jan 2009.

ATMOSS - Australian Trade Mark Online Search System (http://pericles.ipaustralia.gov.au/atmoss/falcon_details.show_tm_details?p_tm_number=1280267&p_search_no=1&p_ExtDisp=D&p_detail=DETAILED&p_rec_no=2&p_rec_all=2)

And they first applied for Magic Slate in Apr 2009.

ATMOSS - Australian Trade Mark Online Search System (http://pericles.ipaustralia.gov.au/atmoss/falcon_details.show_tm_details?p_tm_number=1293571&p_search_no=4&p_ExtDisp=D&p_detail=DETAILED&p_rec_no=88&p_rec_all=91)

markharris1989
29th December 2009, 07:51 PM
Well I think it could be a great thing but I guess we will have to see. Would love some sorta swipe from Macbook to the tablet were it would transfer all the apps and files you have open to the tablet for you to walk around with like the computers from Avatar. Thats the sorta ground breaking features I believe apple will be keen to introduce.

Dust For Eyes
30th December 2009, 01:34 PM
If we do get this tablet device, best not leave it in the kitchen.

http://www.applegeeks.com/comics/issue555.jpg

BowieNIN
31st December 2009, 09:51 AM
If apple also release a new apple tv or they might just upgrade it again I can see the tablet as the link to be able to have the Internet in your living room on your tv. The tablet will be the control surface to let you do everything that you can do on the iPhone in safari but on your widescreen tv. Now if it also ran the app store apps on your telly I think apple has a two punch knockout.

David Turnedge
31st December 2009, 06:47 PM
Imagine your tablet hanging around the home ready to grab to check news, weather, newspaper, favourite web site, play a game or browse your iTunes library,

The slate, tablet or what have you will be as good to use as the iPhone but with a bigger screen and ideally suited to be the digital paper/slate printed media has been fearing for a decade or more.

If it's under $750 here with an 8 hour battery it will be a hit... the iPhone interface is too good to be limited to a tiny screen.

I can't wait and I will have one hanging around the house as soon as their available.

muddie@mac.com
1st January 2010, 12:20 PM
I want a tablet that runs all my iPhone applications so I can ditch the iPhone for a cheap handset that I only have to charge once or twice a week instead of once or twice a day.

It's called an iPod Touch.

marc
1st January 2010, 01:17 PM
I agree with everything in this article: Daring Fireball: The Tablet (http://daringfireball.net/2009/12/the_tablet)

I think it'll be aimed at replacing a MacBook for some, not replacing an iPhone or iPod. Exciting times.

DJY
1st January 2010, 01:26 PM
I think it'll be aimed at replacing a MacBook for some, not replacing an iPhone or iPod. Exciting times.

Or maybe the MacBook Air?
Now that there are a couple of very slim laptops out there... will Apple keep the MBA or morph it into something even more amazing?!?!

ZacDavies
1st January 2010, 03:58 PM
http://www.geekculture.com/joyoftech/joyimages/1337.gif

dickg
1st January 2010, 05:26 PM
4 reasons Apple will launch a tablet in 2010 (http://cwflyris.computerworld.com/t/6035650/612342003/250435/0/)

landog
1st January 2010, 05:44 PM
im pumped...

The iPhone, whilst groundbreaking, has destroyed my faith in apple when it comes to quality. I sooo want to use an iphone all day (ive owned 3) but the fact that they are not so good at being a phone, I simply would loose to much money being unreachable.

But when it comes to mobile computing im desperate for something to come along that redefines a whole category AND is as good as a macbook. I want a mobile entertainment device...sort of like what archos is trying to be but something that i can also use practically for the other stuff...

Ill be lined up for this islatewhateveritscalled and im praying this thing is a redefinition

jack112006
2nd January 2010, 12:29 AM
I have a very good feeling about iSlate/iTablet/TabletMac etc. If everyone got the iPhone that was predicted in 2006, while we would still be happy with it, the world would be a very different place. A place where Windows Mobile would be considered excellent and Palm would still dominate. I have a similar feeling about the tablet. If Apple release the tablet we are all predicting, it won't be anything amazing. It won't change the world, and will probably wither and die.

But when Steve Jobs unveils THE Apple Tablet on January 26 PST, I am sure it will do what the iPhone did for the mobile phone market. I have been messing around in Photoshop and have came to the conclusion that a scaled up iPhone UI would be painful to use. It's going to be just as different as the iPhone was from the iPod. Sure, a variation of iPhone OS will power it, but it will be a big change from what we are all used to. I personally expect gesturing in 3D space to be a big part of it, but only time will tell. All we know is that we can very much expect the unexpected.

nibbles
3rd January 2010, 06:26 PM
My opinion is that they probably won't just release an iSlate because a while ago many probably don't know/forgot that apple said they are releasing 'a smaller version of the macbook' or something like that. a.k.a a netbook. I wouldn't be surprised if a netbook is released as well. Also iSlate as a name WTF that has to be one of the gayest things apple has though of.

kevinnugent
3rd January 2010, 09:38 PM
Google and HTC Working On A Chrome OS Tablet | Gizmodo Australia (http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/01/google-and-htc-working-on-a-chrome-os-tablet/#more-375244)

Competition is good! :)

asgr8
4th January 2010, 07:34 AM
specification revealed... very unconfirmed source but nice specs

highly doubtful but still for what its worth ,..



Apple iSlate specifications revealed (Phone Arena News) (http://www.phonearena.com/htmls/Apple-iSlate-specifications-revealed-article-a_8530.html)

nibbles
4th January 2010, 07:43 AM
specification revealed... very unconfirmed source but nice specs

highly doubtful but still for what its worth ,..



Apple iSlate specifications revealed (Phone Arena News) (http://www.phonearena.com/htmls/Apple-iSlate-specifications-revealed-article-a_8530.html)

What a load of S*** I very much doubt this is fact, a built in projector that doesn't sound like apple and 10.7 is way to soon, also the built in projector would make it a lot thicker. You guys can choose to believe this but i am not

asgr8
4th January 2010, 09:24 AM
nobody is believing anything till Mr Jobs take it out of his pocket (maybe) or his backpack this time .. it was just a speculation and what i read from the site.

these specs may not be right but these specs are good and i wouldn't mind these in an apple tablet.

And mac OS touch version will be way better than iphone OS on a tablet i believe.

jack112006
4th January 2010, 10:15 AM
specification revealed... very unconfirmed source but nice specs

highly doubtful but still for what its worth ,..



Apple iSlate specifications revealed (Phone Arena News) (http://www.phonearena.com/htmls/Apple-iSlate-specifications-revealed-article-a_8530.html)

No way will those be the specs. Apple didn't buy PA Semi for no reason. The tablet will almost certainly have a PA Semi CPU. No chance in hell will it have a Core 2 Duo. The most ram I could imagine it having is 1GB. And for storage? Almost certainly options for 64GB or 128GB of solid state memory.

yinyang
4th January 2010, 10:45 AM
specification revealed... very unconfirmed source but nice specs

highly doubtful but still for what its worth ,..



Apple iSlate specifications revealed (Phone Arena News) (http://www.phonearena.com/htmls/Apple-iSlate-specifications-revealed-article-a_8530.html)

for a consumer device, why would you want Exchange Server support on the OS?

gehenna
4th January 2010, 10:50 AM
for a consumer device, why would you want Exchange Server support on the OS?

I'm a consumer and I want exchange support. just like i want it and use it on my iphone, to have work email/calendar/contacts side-by-side with my personal email/calendar/contacts.

yinyang
4th January 2010, 11:02 AM
I'm a consumer and I want exchange support. just like i want it and use it on my iphone, to have work email/calendar/contacts side-by-side with my personal email/calendar/contacts.

yeah but you're a consumer who does work stuff outside of work :rolleyes: for most consumers, the last thing I'd imagine an iSlate (or whatever) would be used for is work stuff (imho!) - I just see it as targeted more to leisure, than work. I don't deny that Exchange support would be useful, but not a selling point in my eyes.

gehenna
4th January 2010, 11:18 AM
I don't do any work stuff outside of work, but I do want to know what calendar entries I have at any one time so that I don't double book myself, etc.

I don't get why this is an issue anyway? You're debating them putting a useful feature into a device. Shock horror.

yinyang
4th January 2010, 11:30 AM
You're debating them putting a useful feature into a device.

just bored at work :D

just trying to debunk the so-called iSlate spec revelations....!!

nibbles
4th January 2010, 12:49 PM
Useful features to me/things i would think it might have would be:
7" screen
2 USB ports
Magsafe power adapter
128gb hdd
OS X 10.6 with limited functionality (simplified finder, single user account)
Fingerprint Resistant glass
iSight Camera
WiFi & 3G
Syncs with iTunes but doesn't have to
App Store
Ability to use magic mouse & wireless keyboard
available for $1000 or $1200 with 3G

This iSlate probably won't ever get on my list of things to buy but 26th of JAN might change my mind.

ZacDavies
4th January 2010, 12:54 PM
I wouldn't be suprised if it has haptic touch, form some of the patents I've been following.

nibbles
9th January 2010, 09:12 AM
This apple event could be for apple to release it's new iWork and iLife and may have nothing to do with a tablet, I am hoping for an iWork '10 as well as the release of the tablet

TheKeddi
9th January 2010, 09:18 AM
I could go a new iLife, something extra in it would be welcome :-)

gikku
9th January 2010, 09:30 AM
Thoughts on what an Apple tablet should be – or not :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Andy Ihnatko (http://www.suntimes.com/technology/ihnatko/1980077,ihnatko-apple-tablet-microsoft-010710.article)

Thougj I may eventually get a tablet, I'm still wanting a Mac netbook for $650 to compete with the Acers selling for $400 :p

nibbles
9th January 2010, 11:03 AM
saw on win news last night that microsoft have released a tablet like thing, it's a 2 screened foldable thing for books & movies & games

soulman
9th January 2010, 12:26 PM
Imagine your tablet hanging around the home ready to grab to check news, weather, newspaper, favourite web site, play a game or browse your iTunes library,Yeah, this is what I'm salivating about. I have a 15" PowerBook in the lounge but it's too bulky for just quickly checking the TV guide or looking up a movie on IMDB or similar things and the iPhone, as much as I love it, is just way too small (for me) to use as a web browsing tool. I keep thinking about getting an MBA but even that is just too much mojo for what I need - the iPhone would be perfect if it were a bit bigger and I think that's what we're going to get. I would order one now if I could.

nathanj
9th January 2010, 02:26 PM
I want a tablet that runs all my iPhone applications so I can ditch the iPhone for a cheap handset that I only have to charge once or twice a week instead of once or twice a day.

I think I saw on MacRumors that some of the big name developers have been asked to construct one/some of their apps for a 7 to 10 inch screen.

No doubt if it does come out it will run applications just on a bigger scale. If they didn't they'd be a waste.

Phormic
11th January 2010, 06:30 AM
News out today (http://mobile.venturebeat.com/2010/01/09/apple-tablet-reps-spotted-at-la-hospital/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Venturebeat+%28VentureBeat%29 ) that Apple have been speaking to hospitals about medical applications for the tablet.

dickg
11th January 2010, 03:37 PM
Thanks gikku for that link. For you time-poor (lucky you), I think the key bits are:

“How will this device be used?” and “Will this be used by human beings with, I mean, arms and hands and fingers?” and stuff like that. (Apple's big differential with Windows in my humble opinion and after years of frustration, I predict they are hitting paydirt.)

The critical difference between the RAT (rumoured Apple tablet) and all other tablets will be in how the user comes to relate to the thing. Folks of a certain age want to watch TV, read a newspaper, check their mail, but there’s always a declaration that has to be made before the task can be undertaken.

The bit about size sounds true to me. I haven't seen Windows 7 or the touch screen offered by some, but moving a cursor over a desktop-size screen is a pain. (I know, because for too long I have used a mouse to navigate MacTalk I finally figured that shortcuts are the way to go. Silly me.)

And the cost? I don't use GarageBand or other 'freebies' that came with my iMac, but amortise the cost over the life of the product or the hours you spend using it and it could be less than the cost of your local paper. That's if you can find the money.

ZacDavies
11th January 2010, 06:12 PM
Saw this article..

Microsoft CEO Shows The Lucrative HP Slate Tablet PC - Gizmo Watch (http://www.gizmowatch.com/entry/microsoft-ceo-shows-the-lucrative-hp-slate-tablet-pc/)

http://www.instablogsimages.com/images/2010/01/07/hp-2_zB6DT_54.jpg

And noticed the wallpaper image.. it's Epcot center!

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/f/f2/Spaceship_Earth_at_EPCOT.jpg/800px-Spaceship_Earth_at_EPCOT.jpg

Epcot - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epcot_Center)

Epcot center is theme park in Disney World.. Disney is part owned by Steve Jobs..

Hell, in Epcot part of the Spaceship Earth ride even shows an animatronic of Steve Wozniak working on a prototype Macintosh

Animatronic Steve Wozniak comes to Epcot Center ride, animatronic Steve Jobs nowhere in evidence - Boing Boing (http://www.boingboing.net/2007/12/09/animatronic-steve-wo.html)

http://craphound.com/images/wozepcot.jpg

Funny thing is, this a windows tablet announced by Steve Ballmer at CES.. why use such a decidedly Apple wallpaper?

MrJesseRoss
11th January 2010, 06:17 PM
Maybe they just really like Captain EO?

ZacDavies
11th January 2010, 06:50 PM
Maybe they just really like Captain EO?

http://img.skitch.com/20100111-rdc6jx2tfaxp9p5wmnni4kg9p4.jpg

Tablets.. here to change the world

ZacDavies
13th January 2010, 11:46 PM
http://www.macobserver.com/imgs/tmo_articles/20100111tabletglass1.png

Source Offers Photo of 10" Apple Tablet Glass | News | The Mac Observer (http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/source_offers_photo_of_10_apple_tablet_glass/)

JustaUniStudent
20th January 2010, 07:12 AM
In regards to the podcast, if this thing doesn't have a USB port, how the **** are we supposed to get files to/from it? I REALLY doubt that they'll expect people trying to get that corrected word file, or say 300mb of photos to use email, bluetooth, or wifi to the person next to them. USB sticks are pretty hard to live without these days when using a computer. No USB port will piss off a lot of people when they finally get the thing home.

MrJesseRoss
20th January 2010, 08:26 AM
In regards to the podcast, if this thing doesn't have a USB port, how the **** are we supposed to get files to/from it? I REALLY doubt that they'll expect people trying to get that corrected word file, or say 300mb of photos to use email, bluetooth, or wifi to the person next to them. USB sticks are pretty hard to live without these days when using a computer. No USB port will piss off a lot of people when they finally get the thing home.

iPod dock connector.

gikku
20th January 2010, 11:23 AM
The question for me is whether the tablet will be an iPod or a Mac.
Is it a mega iPodTouch with all content loaded via an iTunes sync, in which case IMHO it will struggle, and whether it has Office, iWork and iLife support, USB, Firewire and SD card support, without which it will again struggle.

Unless it's a new category of device and not a netbook/notebook replacement at all. In which case IMHO Apple still need a netbook/low-end and cost Macbook.