Actually the iBook and Cube design were quite good. Still have my Graphite iBook and works great - and the design was great for it's time. As for the cube, the only real downside was the cost at release. I purchased one off ebay a few years ago for a great price and it works like a champ.
I'm an Apple person since the old Apple II days. However, being an IT professional, I had to try all the other flavors of tablets. Apple just gets it. No one else understands the tablet metaphor any better than our friends in Cupertino.
Actually my point was not aimed toward VentureBeat, but the rest of us as consumers. Read the 'news' on this and other sites with a full understanding that most of what we hear are rumors - not fact. Entertaining at times - but not necessariliy true.