It would seem that most would find common ground on some points:
(1) Steven Jobs is not interested in running with the pack
, even a pack of which he might currently be top dog.
(2) Apple will surely leverage the iTunes store.
(3) Current iPhone/iTouch applications will run on the device (if there is one
(4) The MacTouch (thanks Ireland!) will not cannibalise existing sales.
(5) The MacTouch will not be an owner's primary phone!!!
(6) The device will run a unique OS that is based on OS X.
(7,...,n) Points that I haven't mentioned!
So, how about some more that we might not all agree on:
(n+1) This might be Steven Jobs' (generation's) last opportunity to lay out a practical (as in - with actual hardware) vision for the future of (personal) computing.
(n+2) Hardware and software will rapidly become vastly more powerful and capable.
(n+3) The MacTouch could act as a window (sorry for the term) on the high level computing capability of other systems including notebooks, desktops, supercomputers and the cloud including systems running any particular OS.
This happens now. The browser on my computer interacts with any number of other computers running operating systems that I know nothing about. Perhaps the MacTouch will do this for personal (local and distributed) computing. For all intents and purposes, I might be running iTunes (locally) or CS4 (remotely) or Photoshop or Mathematica or whatever. All this and not restricted to a particular OS.
Then, as time goes on, more functionality comes on board, while access grows to other vastly more capable software residing elsewhere. I might pay a fee for using particular software on a particular computing system anywhere on Earth from which I can reach it. A supercomputer in my hands. Computing centres could spring up offering all sorts of services - probably however, Apple would offer the most capability! Once companies such as Adobe realise that perhaps they stand to profit much more from services than just selling (very expensive) software, they'll come on board and add amazing handheld feature oriented client software also.
Most of the useful output from a computer can be displayed in the form of an image, a table or a graph, a video or a sound, an alert or text say - all or most of which I would have thought, would be suited to a 10" display.
With the services that Apple has put in place (a requirement I believe, that Steven Jobs has been quoted as saying were essential for tablet computing) and the industrial design that would be brought to bear, Apple would command this space, even in spite of all the tablet/handheld designs out there.
If everyone who owns a computer bought this handheld window on worldwide computing and on their own system, Apple would have 100% of the market!
Originally Posted by VelSatis23
I just don´t see the point in a tablet. Let the iPhone have a bigger screen, maybe 5 inches, at best 7, make it more usable with more processing power and please let it have a better batterie...
Originally Posted by lkrupp
It will not be a "fully functional computer". Why would Apple essentially kill, or severely damage, its MacBook line? ...
Originally Posted by Phizz
I haven't read all the replies here, but I am way confused at the number of people on here alledgedly wanting to run CS4 on a 10.1" slate computer... You're kidding me, right?? Imagine trying to use a CS4 app on tiny 10 inch Mac with a mouse and keyboard - sounds painful. And then take away the mouse and keyboard. Sounds like a bloody nightmare.
It could virtually
Originally Posted by zindako
Apples soon to be unveiled Mac Touch
will do just fine in its computing line up, all the skepticism surrounding it by the windows camp, wanting it to fail, this is like Pre iPhone launch back in 2007.
I think so too!
Originally Posted by clochard
Somehow it has fallen into oblivion that the iPhone OS is a Mac OS X...
I want and expect a UI that fits to this new "form factor".
I think we agree on this point.
Originally Posted by solipsism
I’m not, which is why no tablet will be a replacement for any laptop and why I don’t see an exploding tablet market unless Apple does have new paradigms for input, SW and services for a 21.1 Century tablet.
The MacTouch will not replace your MB but what a great team they'd be!
Originally Posted by aldonius
The ultimate question about the tablet is whether it's a primary (full mac) or secondary (jumbo iPod) device, or an interesting mix. I predict mix, accomplished by constant hooks back into your main system.
Multitasking and file management work at this form factor.
Back to My Mac could make an appearance. Full document syncing.
What about Grand Central tying into Xgrid, using your main system to run processor-intensive tasks?
I take it for granted that Apple has solutions to the input and ergonomics side of things.