Originally Posted by melgross
The translation of these articles is decent, though not complete for some reason.
But what can be read is very interesting.
... some short translation...
I'm sure, that "NICHE" - is just main problem and, at the same time, the "killing" idea of new Apple product !
Let us reason.
- You can do any tasks using (Apple) computers, notebooks, iPhone (iPodTouch) and Apple TV.
- You can access everything via WiFi, BT, Ethernet, GSM, EDGE, 3G.
- You can use keyboard, mouse, touchpad & touchscreen.
- You have GPS, accelerometers, in/out audio and video, even compass.
Where is the place for Tablet? Where Tablet is better than those, mentioned above? More of this - following Apple's strategy - the question is much harder:
Where is (what usage) tablet will be not better, but UNIQUE !? And NO substitution of MacBooks and iPhone (iPodTouch) !!!
What do you think?
I see the only great place - hundreds million places (!!!) - it's a car. Your car. Full of additional (mostly digit) equipment, making your life and driving comfortable.
I'll start - one can continue - radio, audio, video, navigators, players/phones/flash cards integration, cameras ...
And nothing "in the center". That can integrate that equipment, give you "flexible" control and now days (+ tomorrow) communication facilities, able to show, speak and listen, ready to achieve your voice and touch commands, wire
texts of sms, or e-mail, or inet news... Etc. Something, like a touch-screen computer with all communication technologies. Like a Tablet computer, fitted (new cars), hinge (your today car).
One can say - I don't need it. My Answer - when you try it (especially if done by Apple) - you will change your mind. Nobody can change human pride.
Another will say - But there are many things integrated already? My answer - Ya, something and somewhere. "Nothing new", like they said when iPhone appeared. But, please, ask yourself - if you want to change, add, upgrade something - what are you doing?
Compare it with Apples SDK and AppStore technologies. And take a look on iPod and iPhone results.
Continue asking - and forum will find answers.
Well, went back.
If we look attentively on such tablet computer, we can find out that it is very similar to well known Apple's iPhone.
Two problems - you know them - absence of multitasking and small screen.
What to do? Now, let us "think different".
Apple leaves now days products on their places and adds only missing. Real computer with real processing, touch-screen and OSX.
Communication and media translation - via iPhone. Next year Verizon promised its WiMax network - OK, Apple will add internal 4G unit for tablet. And will move to the car market. Alone. As usual. It's a tradition.
Everyone hates Aplle, prognoses death of the project - everything like it was two years ago. You must remember. "Nothing new".
Apple netbook = iPhone + Tablet (with 4G) for use in car !?
Apple's "tablet" computer will use (as an external separate unit) iPhone resources for in/out communication and media translation.
The Tablet itself will be aimed for use in cars (mostly, but not only) as a center of car equipment digital integration (USB/BT/...),
screen+touch+voice interaction for control and GSM/EDGE/3G (via iPhone) + WiMax (4G, internal tablet unit) communication during the car driving.
Placing and using Apple's computer in a car as an information & communication center for driver - "killing" idea of Apple's tablet targeting.
Multitasking (even multi-screen, if for passengers), short OS, Apple's software, new SDK for mutual apps (tablet+iPhone), touchscreen+voice interaction software, upgrades - via AppStore.
Besides or without iPhone, Tablet itself will use 4G (WiMax) for network communication via Verizon (starting 2010), and can be used like small individual computer with touch screen.
One can use only iPhone, add tablet to iPhone, bye iPhone & tablet.
For Apple - no risk of its MacBooks and iPhones substitution by the tablet in the market.
May be, first attempt of Apple OS licensing if tablet in car base mounting.
Again Apple (thinking different) will open new market and new business on the base of previous success and technologies to be the first and No 1 in it.
, and http://www.deepapple.com/news/34814.html
, in russian.