Originally Posted by GregAlexander
Somebody, somewhere (too many threads, who knows where) said that they looked like inkjet spurts. And indicated the connection to replacing traditional printed colour media.
I liked that one.
Oops! Yeah forgot that one. Even before the Harper Collins story there have been some fairly convincing reports of secret talks between Apple and various publishers.
I incline to Daring Fireball's (and other's) theory that it will be more computer than iPhone. And really, if it serves up ebooks and
includes basic computer functions - internet, email, iPhoto, iTunes etc plus allows for faster and easier typing/note-taking on a larger virtual keyboard - what student wouldn't want one? There's a lot of situations where an iPhone is inadequate but a laptop is too cumbersome. Waiting in doctor's surgeries, travelling on public transport, hell even using a 12" laptop in a cafe can be awkward.
While some educational institutions have picked up on using iPods to transfer course content to students, currently they still need a second device to use the material. Apple knows the education market and a learning device like that could revolutionize not just how students access published works but a whole lot more besides.
Rather than ditching the desktop because I can't move it around, I'd be sorely tempted to go back to a nice big honking iMac and ditch the laptop in favor of an iThingy if they do it well enough. Then if they could just work out a way to make use of all the enrgy they put into developing the iLamp's "neck" so I could attach my iThingy to it and be able to lie on the couch or in bed and have it suspended above or in front of me while being able to get it out of the way with a gentle nudge, damn I'd be a happy chappy.
IMHO the personal computer won't really reach it's stride until you can comfortably use one lying down.
Apple has certainly pursued products that may not be the smallest available but offer far the most bang for their size. I'll be disappointed if I'm not surprised by how much they manage to cram into such a small device.
And if it's more computer than iPhone/iPod it may not be an iThingy at all. It would have to be a MacThingy. Surely?
OTOH the Jackson Pollock debate reminded me that David Hockney is apparently enamoured with the iPhone as sketchpad. Maybe he's going to replace John Mayer as the celebrity guest. Nah. I think I'm suffering from applephonia now.
I've seen a couple of his sketches but those ones linked to a few pages back were even more amazing in terms of their detail. Makes me wish I could draw.