Originally Posted by hodgkin
I don't read the boards much anymore, but did people give up on iSlate when HP's Slate was announced?
Why would yet another iteration of MS's largely ignored Windows "tablet edition" on yet another PC manufacturer's slate cause anyone to "give up" on an Apple product? MS thinks that what we want is Windows with some touch stuff bolted on. The market has declared otherwise, save for some niche vertical markets. Doing that yet again with the extra Windows 7 magic won't change anything.
I think Canvas is a great name, except it's being used for something in the computing industry already and might be a source of great headache for Apple Legal.
I think that the colors could be a direct hit at Amazon and Sony's use of e-ink that's not quite ready for market in color yet.
Not really seeing that. Outside of being generically "colors", which could allude to pretty much anything, they're specifically the colors used in the current Nano lineup.
If any product in this family that is announced has 3G, then it will likely use the iTunes Store to control application distribution. Which is going to mean that iTunes will be needed to sync this device. While Apple have done a great job with this with the iPod touch and iPhone, not being able to run any application available for OS X will be the thing that makes a tablet far less functional for me.
How are you going to make good use of your existing OS X apps when they weren't designed for touch? It's not like there's some toggle that Apple can include to make existing apps magically effective under an entirely different UI.
Again, MS puts full-on Windows on these things, and it just makes it awkward and doesn't really answer the question "What is this for, exactly?" I think we can trust that Apple will design a UI and variant of OS X that is tightly coupled to whatever hardware they design. I imagine that developers will be free to adopt their apps to the new system, if they think it makes sense.
Also, the SNR in the app store is way too low, and this won't help things at all, with the confusion of what apps run on what hardware (yes, this is several complaints rolled up into one). The app store is also currently pretty difficult to navigate effectively in my opinion.
I say this all the time, but how would that be different from how you find software for any computer? The S/N ratio of the internet, or the world, is surely lower than that of even the App Store, yet people have fared pretty well sorting through stuff to find what they want.
Even if sales of Tablet apps are limited to a Tablet section of the App Store, all that means is that you have a single place to go get them. The establishing of their existence, desirability and relative worth can happen through the usual channels, just like now.