Originally Posted by lifterus
It's not going to happen. You need a keyboard (hard or soft) to enter text.
I'll separate this briefly. Firstly Apple - As I said, I think Apple is hoping that with the device they next release, once people are using it they would see having a keyboard as (overall) more as a hindrance than a benefit.
Secondly... I do think it's possible.
[Edit: I do think there's a place for a soft keyboard, just like the iPhone. I believe the iSlate would have one.]
Voice recognition has been available for 2 decades and never caught on.
Also note, Tablet PCs and UMPCs without a keyboard have been a failure. While Netbooks with a keyboard have been very successful. Google "Samsung Q1" and maybe you'll understand.
I'm not arguing that Tablet PCs haven't been a failure (except in a couple of niches).
I also firmly believe that if the "iSlate" can run regular MacOSX apps it will DIE a miserable death - it's a clear example of where adding something can kill it. Much as Win16 compatibility of OS2 meant that developers didn't bother making OS2 versions of their apps - but worse as the experience of using the tablet would also be compromised.
You can not possibly put an interface designed from the ground up to assume pervasive use of keyboard and mouse on a device without those (but with work-arounds), and not have users thinking that the device would really be much better if it just had a keyboard and mouse.
Apple's challenge is to recreate the interface (of both the OS and the apps), to such an extent that even though the keyboard might be nice to have occasionally, for most tasks the keyboard gets in the way. They also don't have to do everything a PC does - in fact Apple may define a new feature set that overlaps in some ways, does some new things, and doesn't do some standard PC things.