Originally Posted by Carniphage
Presumably that means running professional productivity applications like Photoshop and Indesign, and Final Cut?
On a 10inch screen
Operated by fingers.
They've added gesture support to a lot of their OS X software. It would be a waste for them to be limited to trackpad use. This includes Motion and Aperture. Note that most OS X apps use standard interface calls - all they have to do is interpret them differently so interface elements that seem hard to touch don't have to be that size nor do they have to behave the same way. This is what they do with Safari on the iphone with HTML select boxes - they turn them into a rolodex.
If indeed they have pixel-level touch support like in the patent, it's not that important to even modify the UI significantly.
Originally Posted by Carniphage
In my view the tablet will be something else entirely. A machine purpose-built to do the stuff regular people now do with computers; Browsing, reading, watching content, a bit of twitter-book social networking. Not productivity at all.
This is, I think, a full-on attempt to create a genuinely personal computer and not an portable office machine.
What you're describing though isn't something else entirely - it's basically a big ipod/iphone. I do all those things using my iphone right now. It's not great for those things but it's not bad enough that I'd want to spend $499 or more buying something else. The point about the data contract is important - I already have a data contract and I don't want to buy another for a limited device or at all really.
You mentioned that you don't go along with the rumors so I would assume you expect it will be cheaper and in effect a big ipod touch in hardware spec but something extra that makes it more than an ipod touch. The 64GB ipod touch is $399 so add on a 10" capacitive screen and it's $499 or $599 with some new hardware in it.
I could see that device existing, I just don't see why people would buy one. Now given the netbook market, if it was an Atom device with OS X (x86) in some form, USB, displayport and did everything a netbook could do but did it with a great touch UI, it offers some serious competition to Dell's Mini 10 which only costs $349 with the following spec:
1.33GHz Atom (1.6GHz for $50 more)
mobile broadband option
If Apple come out with a big ipod for books that Jobs says people don't read any more, that only runs apps that are all optimized for a screen at most 1/4 the size, that requires a second data contract to be as functional and yet still charges nearly double the price of a faster and more capable netbook, I think it will sell very badly.
For the same reasons the ATV sells badly. It's exactly the kind of device you describe. Apple could sell it with the full OS X and allow it run as a server or play all sorts of media (people have hacked it to do both) but they don't. It's a cut down device that's way more expensive than more functional competitors and despite the nice UI, nobody wants it including me. If Apple don't want the slate to be another ATV, they have to make a touch Mac slate not a big ipod OR it has to be much cheaper like $299 and take on the ebook readers.
Originally Posted by Mr. Me
Using its new tablet as a giant cell phone is a joke. That is not Apple.
Perhaps but say you have a laptop and an iphone and the slate doesn't do anything more than the iphone. Why would you buy the slate? If you go out to work and don't want to carry around your laptop but the slate gives you no more functionality in any significant way than your iphone, there's no point in having one.
Originally Posted by wizard69
Oh that brings up one other thing. I'm beginning to think that part of this wonderful new interface will be 3D Touch. That is the screen will also track your fingers in "Z". This will work as in a mirror with the 3D projection on the screen.
The rumors did mention that people would be surprised about the interaction with the device. I think that would be a great addition because you could do the same type of drawing you can do with a Wacom - assuming you can run some drawing app. Autodesk have made an iphone app called SketchBook that gives you an idea how it could work.
With 3D touch, you don't need to bother about interface sizes either as your finger could move a cursor around.