You want me to show you cocoa touch? Jeez, you really think that it wouldn't run on Mac OS/X if there was hardware to support it?
Exactly! Apple won't be successful targetting a tablet at that portion of the market that requires keyboard input.
Well that makes it a very limited product. Possible but the market for ebooks/ipod/mid in a tablet format is gonna be small no matter how awesome you make it given that the iPod Touch is a much more portable system that fills the same niche.
The compelling route would be as an eventual MB replacement and Apple needs to do this to justify a $999 price point for comfortable ASPs and margins. The MB just isn't going to be any more viable than desktops in the future.
For many Mac OS apps this input device is required. People aren't likely to have a good experience typing data into a data base or writing a long composition in a word processor on a tablet with a virtual keyboard. Such input is tolerable for transient input but is a non starter for serious use. This doesn't even get into controls designed for a mouse.
Which is easily solved with a MBA like convertible tablet. Or a tablet that docks into a notebook base.
Now this is garbage, you can't easily write apps without an API. Multi Touch is what Aplles tablets are all about.
Nope. Nobody cares how much sweat a programmer has to go through to produce a good app if this apps exist. You can have the most brilliant APIs and if no one is coding to them it doesn't matter. And it doesn't matter anyways because Apple already has Cocoa Touch which is based on the core Cocoa API.
Actually they don't and probably shouldn't have such apps. It is looking like Apple has recognized this reality. It is better to avoid publishing apps that would likely lead to bad user experiences than to satisfy fringe elements with their desire to run office of all things on a tablet.
You mean fringe elements like students? You need to explain why a student is going to pony up $999 for a MB and another $500+ for an iTablet vs just buying an iTablet that can replace the MB for $999 AND be a multi-touch tablet with a stylus.
IWork is a nice suite, I have it on my Mac right now, but translating those apps directly into Touch based apps would be a mistake. In fact it would be suicidal of Apple to release apps like those at the time this tablet is released as the user experience would be terrible. Now take some of the concepts and filefirmats and craft Multi Touch refactored replacements and we are ready to go. Keynote and Numbers ought to refactor well, but pages may require voice input or handwriting recognition. On the face though I don't expect that you would recognize the apps next to their Mac OS sisters.
Multitouch is not a panacea for all UI issues. If finger interaction was the end all and be all of input methods we'd all still be finger painting rather than using more precise writing mechanisms like pencils and pens.
This is why the tablet needs to come from the iPod/Touch gene pool. It changes peoples expectations, so that they see the device as a video iPod or E-Book reader and make buying decisions based on that.
So you think that folks are going to buy a video iPod too big to fit in their pockets or an ebook reader?
Like iPhone and Touch the device can certainly have functionality beyound it's cell phone function but it has a clear reason for being and is very usable in that regard.
Sure. It's a great MID/PDA combo. And phone too for the iPhone.
Yeah I know this but apparently you missed the whole point of my posting. The use of iPhone OS is all about creating a better environment for the user. Something Apple can't do with Mac OS on a tablet.
Given that the iPhone OSX is the Mac OSX refactored to fit a phone I'd call BS. That's like saying "because you have a mouse and keyboard on Mac OS you can never have FrontRow and a remote" for a better media viewing environment for the user.
Mac OSX is more than capable of being a good tablet OS and be able to morph when multitouch is optimal, then to when a stylus is optimal, to when a remote control is most useful and to when a keyboard and mouse is optimal.