Originally Posted by lamewing
If it can run a full version of OS X support, supports stylus AND multi-touch inputs, as allows me to run Bootcamp/Parallels/etc, I will buy one and get rid of my thinkpad X61 tablet PC. I need a tablet pc to input Japanese kanji, but I really don't need the keyboard all the time. Apple, I hope you are listening and don't produce just an oversized iPod Touch...Running the iPhone/Touch OS won't cut it. If that happens, it will be time to buy a Modbook.
I don't think your needs are typical, and you didn't really state why you actually needed OSX. Although it sounds like you just want access to every Mac and Windows program ever made. Virtually all of those programs will not be designed for touchscreen input and many would feel absolutely clunky on a tablet.Archos
currently makes the tablet closest to what you want in the Archos9 retailing for $549, except it runs Windows 7 starter instead of OSX. There are a couple things to note here:
1. It runs Windows 7 starter edition, which hints at the performance limitations of the platform. An Apple tablet running OSX, but costing less than a Macbook would be subject to similar performance limitations. The OS and many of the programs are built for a more powerful platform, and memory intensive programs and multitasking could bog it down. Netbooks are subject to similar limitations, but having not used one, I can't say how bad it is for sure, but I'm sure I would be able to bring one to a halt if I tried to. iPhone OS and its applications are on the other hand designed for lower powered devices, and it is almost a given that a tablet would receive its own section in the app store with apps optimized specifically for the tablet hardware. Multitasking, once enabled in iPhone OS, would also work better than with OSX due to the properly optimized OS and Apps.
2. It comes with an optical trackpoint and left and right click buttons to replicate a mouse or a trackpad. This points to Archos dissatisfaction with Windows 7 as a touch platform despite all the enhancements Microsoft has added. Furthermore, Apples aesthetic design choices make similar pointing device enhancements unlikely which would mean that that there would be no fall back to a traditional pointing device if the touchscreen was too clunky to use in certain situations (although I guess they could create a virtual trackpad in addition to a virtual keyboard, perhaps in the middle of a split keyboard... that still would not be ideal). iPhone OS and its apps are optimized for touch, so you wouldn't run into these usability problems.
The desire to run OSX apps instead of iPhone OS apps designed for a tablet is short sighted in my opinion. If there is sufficient demand for a tablet app not available on the app store, someone will create it, and when they do it will be optimized for touch input and the tablets hardware. My only wish would be somewhat looser restrictions on the app store. Lastly the iPhone OS installed user base is actually larger than the OSX user base, that combined with the popularity of the App store makes it a more attractive target for developers. The tablet would get more love from developers if it ran some form of iPhone OS.