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That seems overly bulky for Apple. I wonder if they’ll just let 3rd-parties make after-market stands to suit various needs and just keep the tablet design sleek and simple.

It is sleek and simple when it's closed. When closed the device would have the basic shape of an iPhone 3G. Keep in mind this is a rough sketch. This stand is necessary to make the device useable for typing and watching movies. They can't let third make the device useable, Apple has to build that in. This stand is fundamental to the device working as a product. And actually, if designed right I believe it could look nice. The stand has two simple functions that would be used the whole time, and when not needed it can be popped away out of sight.
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post #202 of 257
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It is sleek and simple when it's closed. When closed the device would have the basic shape of an iPhone 3G. Keep in mind this is a rough sketch. This stand is necessary to make the device useable for typing and watching movies. They can't let third make the device useable, Apple has to build that in. This stand is fundamental to the device working as a product. If done right I believe it could actually look nice. The stand has two simple functions that would be used the whole time.

My concern is real world use requires certain engineering.

For instance, they need to have it so excessive pressure doesnt bend or snap the stand, that may mean putting the fulcrum deeper inside to make it more secure and give it more resistance along the back when open. This may take up too much space in the device which many may it too bulky for Apples needs.

If they go thinner there is an increased risk of it breaking and requiring a replacement at Apples expense.

Im not saying they wont, as I imagine this sort of inclusion may require some trial and error to get it right, but so far Ive seen nothing that indicate a built-in stand will be included, especially since I dont think this device will designed primarily for typing in full-keybaord more. Id lean more toward a separate attachment as a simple piece of plastic used for viewing in either portrait or landscape more and nothing more.
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post #203 of 257
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My concern is real world use requires certain engineering.

For instance, they need to have it so excessive pressure doesn’t bend or snap the stand, that may mean putting the fulcrum deeper inside to make it more secure and give it more resistance along the back when open. I’m not saying they won’t, as I imagine this sort of inclusion may require some trial and error to get it right, but so far I’ve seen nothing that indicate a built-in stand will be included...

Naturally.

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I’d lean more toward a separate attachment as a simple piece of plastic used for viewing in either portrait or landscape more and nothing more.

Couldn't disagree with this point more if I tried. It's fundamental to the product as far as I'm concerned. It'd be like an iPhone without an ear-piece. To me it's unavoidable.
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post #204 of 257
Working Mode - eminently doable.

But my brain says Movie Mode would require defying the laws of physics. I don't think they're that good. Even if the body of the tablet was impossibly light, that positioning would still be incredibly unstable.
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Working Mode - eminently doable.

But my brain says Movie Mode would require defying the laws of physics. I don't think they're that good. Even if the body of the tablet was impossibly light, that positioning would still be incredibly unstable.

My first thought as well. There's a rumor, if I recall correctly from a source with a pretty good track record, that the tablet has a dock connector on both long and short sides. It's not hard to imagine a weighted desk accessory with a retaining lip in front, a higher, supporting back, and a dock slot that goes the entire width so the tablet could be inserted in either orientation.

A dock thing would have the advantage of being used as a charger and I/O breakout box, as well.

Oh, and I realize a thing built into the body of the tablet has the advantage of being available where ever you are, but realistically if you're going to be propping the thing up you'll probably be at home or at your office, not just out and about. If you're planning to hang at the coffee shop, you could always bring a dock/stand thing with you.
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post #206 of 257
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Working Mode - eminently doable.

But my brain says Movie Mode would require defying the laws of physics. I don't think they're that good. Even if the body of the tablet was impossibly light, that positioning would still be incredibly unstable.

That would be the trick, doing it in a stable manner, like putting the battery at the rear of the tablet for example. It could be done I believe, but I wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't.
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post #207 of 257
This is probably the most exciting thing I have ever anticipated. I was looking to buy a Plastic Prologic Que, but after news of Apple coming out with one, I just have to wait. I am typing on my iMac and I love my iPhone that I bought about six weeks after it entered the market. I just have to wait until the 27th.
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That would be the trick, doing it in a stable manner, like putting the battery at the rear of the tablet for example. It could be done I believe, but I wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't.

Having it thicker at top end where the battery and ports are to allow for an angled display while sitting on a flat surface sounds more likely. Then when you gold in portrait mode with one hand it could act as a grip.
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post #209 of 257
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That would be the trick, doing it in a stable manner, like putting the battery at the rear of the tablet for example. It could be done I believe, but I wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't.

What about, rather than a thing that hinges the full width from the down side, a narrower stick like prop that hinges from the top? So that it sits up like an easel?
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My first thought as well. There's a rumor, if I recall correctly from a source with a pretty good track record, that the tablet has a dock connector on both long and short sides. It's not hard to imagine a weighted desk accessory with a retaining lip in front, a higher, supporting back, and a dock slot that goes the entire width so the tablet could be inserted in either orientation.

A dock thing would have the advantage of being used as a charger and I/O breakout box, as well.

As much as I like the idea of the dock, I believe without this stand as part of he device it will never be a laptop replacement. Having to always bring the dock with you just isn't a solution, it's a pain in the ass. Build the push stand into the device means you simply press a button and you can type or work away.

I'm not buying the flat angle just-like-paper argument either. It needs to be angled. Imagine your laptop screen was totally flat, it would be a nightmare.
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post #211 of 257
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As much as I like the idea of the dock, I believe without this stand as part of he device it will never be a laptop replacement. Having to always bring the dock with you just isn't a solution, it's a pain in the ass. Build the push stand into the device means you simply press a button and you can type or work away.

I'm not buying the flat angle just-like-paper argument either. It needs to be angled. Imagine your laptop screen was totally flat, it would be a nightmare.

Can't really argue with that, it just doesn't seem like there's a super clean, Apple like way to put a folding prop on the back.
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What about, rather than a thing that hinges the full width from the down side, a narrower stick like prop that hinges from the top? So that it sits up like an easel?

That would be inelegant. This hinge would be solid aluminum and stretching across the device--it could also be nicely shaped too--so it would give a feeling that the device is solid and strong. The easily idea just wouldn't look right, even if it was thick. The push-stand would be a neater job.
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post #213 of 257
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As much as I like the idea of the dock, I believe without this stand as part of he device it will never be a laptop replacement.

I would bet the farm that the Apple tablet will be an accessory to your PC, not a replacement to your PC.
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post #214 of 257
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I would bet the farm that the Apple tablet will be an accessory to your PC, not a replacement to your PC.

This is precisely why the other companies should be worried, cause I believe this will be a laptop replacement. Let's have a revolution, not an accessory. Are Apple ambitious enough?
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post #215 of 257
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That would be inelegant. This hinge would be solid aluminum and stretching across the device--it could also be nicely shaped too--so it would give a feeling that the device is solid and strong. The easily idea just wouldn't look right, even if it was thick. The push-stand would be a neater job.

It might be less elegant, but if there were a way to do it with a modicum of style it would be way more stable. Having a few inches of base depth just isn't going to very tip resistant, especially, as Chester pointed out, in portrait mode. And they can't fix it by making the fold out part heavy, because keeping the weight down is critical.

You can make a piece that hinges like an easel have a good six inches of swing, which makes for a pretty stable footprint.

Anywho, as I say, I don't really like the sound of any of this. Fiddly parts aren't really Apple's style.
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post #216 of 257
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What about, rather than a thing that hinges the full width from the down side, a narrower stick like prop that hinges from the top? So that it sits up like an easel?

You must be reading my mind. Though I was thinking two rods that take advantage of the stability of a right angled triangle. Of course, how you do that without it being fugly is another issue.........

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As much as I like the idea of the dock, I believe without this stand as part of he device it will never be a laptop replacement. Having to always bring the dock with you just isn't a solution, it's a pain in the ass.

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Yep.

I have confindence in their ability to cram sufficient functionality into the device. Seems to me it's the ergonomics that are the key to the whole thing.

On that score, I'm yet to be convinced by any of the suggestions I've seen. But then, that's what's really driving the current frenzy of interest IMO. If anyone can solve it, Apple can. The tablet's either got to be the pinnacle of their design aspirations or it's sunk.
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post #217 of 257
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This is precisely why the other companies should be worried, cause I believe this will be a laptop replacement. Let's have a revolution, not an accessory. Are Apple ambitious enough?

1) Typing excessively on a piece of glass instead of a full-sized keyboard is not going to overthrow the notebook market.

2) Having half my useable display go away because I need to type something is not going to overthrow the notebook market.

3) A 10 display over 13+ is not going to overthrow the notebook market.

4) An ARM powered device of Intel Core is not going to overthrow the notebook market.

5) A several dozen GB of NAND when I can get 500GB HDD for less money is not going to overthrow the notebook market.
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post #218 of 257
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I have confindence in their ability to cram sufficient functionality into the device. Seems to me it's the ergonomics that are the key to the whole thing.

Exactly.
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post #219 of 257
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1) Typing excessively on a piece of glass instead of a full-sized keyboard is not going to overthrow the notebook market.

2) Having half my useable display go away because I need to type something is not going to overthrow the notebook market.

From my experience they don't have a lot to beat.

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3) A 10 display over 13+ is not going to overthrow the notebook market.

Not quite sure what you're getting at here. Netbooks are invariably by definition 10" on average.

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4) An ARM powered device of Intel Core is not going to overthrow the notebook market.

ARM is the rumor. It might not be an ARM.

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5) A several dozen GB of NAND when I can get 500GB HDD for less money is not going to overthrow the notebook market.

500GB netbook? Which planet is that?
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post #220 of 257
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Not quite sure what you're getting at here. Netbooks are invariably by definition 10" on average.

You said “overthrow the notebook market”, not netbook.

Also, note that despite the cramped screen and keyboard of a netbook they still are separate. Now, have a cramped virtual keyboard that you find on a netbook overlay the 10” display and you have considerably less space than you find on those small netbooks. The only saving grace is having the letters and numbers separated, like with iPhone OS, but that isn’t ideal for people trying to use this like a notebook.

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ARM is the rumor. It might not be an ARM.

I doubt it would Core, and it’s unlikely to be Atom. ARM is simply the coolest and most power efficient option available, which is one of many reasons why I don’t think it will have anything resembling Mac OS X on it.

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500GB netbook? Which planet is that?

If they have a 2.5” drive they can get a 500GB HDD, but you stated notebook, not netbook. Plus, this will surely be NAND so the price per GB while also being small in capacity by comparison.

This looks like 10” 16:9 display. Superimpose the one on the other and you get a pointless device.

Even this small keyboard would make trying to reply to a forum like AI extremely tasking. I’d rather use my thumbs on the iPhone.

I think that we’ll see a back panel multitouch for gestures so you can hold the tablet securely while still using your fingers to navigate and have a curved virtual keyboard that will let your thumbs travel to all buttons. There is a UMPC with it at least in demo, and Apple did file a patent for it.

Don’t get me wrong, I think there will be a larger, typical QWERTY virtual keyboard for when you are not holding it, but I don’t think that will be the typical input method. I can conceive of a million and one uses for a tablet which Apple has to address out of the gate, but not of them includes focusing on replacing the notebook market with a 10” display with virtual keyboard covering up half the screen.
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post #221 of 257
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The only thing I can think of to give your idea any validity is the need for a plastic piece for radio signals and the rumour that there is a plastic bar going the length of the device along one edge. However, your idea of a built-in stand does prevent the device from being viewed in portrait mode which makes Addaboxs easel idea more likely as it can be used for both portrait and landscape.
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Interesting. I've been trying to figure out the one "gotcha" about this product that no one has realized yet. Nobody expected the final design of the original iPhone and I suspect that there is something about this new product that no one has considered yet.

And it's driving me crazy!!
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2) Having half my useable display go away because I need to type something is not going to overthrow the notebook market.

From what I've seen I'm not seeing a keyboard as we know it today.

I'm seeing floating letters appear left then right, left then right as you type. Depending on what you type it will predict the choice if the floating letters. Therefore rather than a dull keyboard you'll get floating letters where they'd normally be positioned on a keyboard. Much faster than letter selection as you don't have other keys they get hit by mistake. You can space them out far enough to avoid mistakes. Double tap for space and so on. Hll you'll even be able to pinch the size of the floating keyboard space like on the original Jeff Ham demostration.

I dont think they will be attempting to jam a laptop into a tablet design. That's been done before & failed. This is not trying to be a laptop & truth be told how many people use their laptops beyond web and mail.
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Interesting. I've been trying to figure out the one "gotcha" about this product that no one has realized yet. Nobody expected the final design of the original iPhone and I suspect that there is something about this new product that no one has considered yet.

And it's driving me crazy!!



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Yuck, yuck -- and I don't mean funny.
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...try again, in GOOD english. I will happily answer the question if you can make just a small degree of sense.

What good English, janitor? Just brush up yours a bit. You do need it.

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This is what the iPad, iTouch etc will most probably look like with 2 home buttons on either side catering for left & right handers.

It sure would be nice if it also supported file sharing, printing & had a big storage ( 64gB or bigger) capacity to enable it to be plugged into a HDTV & watch the movies/tv shows rented/bought off the iTunes store. Or maybe even connect to the Tv wirelessly with an adaptor so you can sit on the couch & control it. A mobile Apple TV?
Hopefully this new device will have some sort of a combination of both Mac OSX & the iPhone OS... & hopefully a usb port for more connectivity options.

Whatever it is, I thinks its a given that it's gonna be something revolutionary that people see and think, oh yeah I need one of those..
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This is what the iPad, iTouch etc will most probably look like with 2 home buttons on either side catering for left & right handers.

It sure would be nice if it also supported file sharing, printing & had a big storage ( 64gB or bigger) capacity to enable it to be plugged into a HDTV & watch the movies/tv shows rented/bought off the iTunes store. Or maybe even connect to the Tv wirelessly with an adaptor so you can sit on the couch & control it. A mobile Apple TV?
Hopefully this new device will have some sort of a combination of both Mac OSX & the iPhone OS... & hopefully a usb port for more connectivity options.

Whatever it is, I thinks its a given that it's gonna be something revolutionary that people see and think, oh yeah I need one of those..

So I have two buttons when holding it in portrait mode, but no buttons when holding it in landscape. I also have to let go of one hand to use access the Dock at the bottom of the display and to use long sweeping hand movements to change albums.

All of that should be screaming nein nein nein to you. Its not natural, its not intuitive, its not user friendly. Does the mockup look cool? Sure, but that is where it ends.
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Whatever it is, I thinks its a given that it's gonna be something revolutionary that people see and think, oh yeah I need one of those..

Want you mean.
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So I have two buttons when holding it in portrait mode, but no buttons when holding it in landscape. I also have to let go of one hand to use access the Dock at the bottom of the display and to use long sweeping hand movements to change albums.
All of that should be screaming nein nein nein to you. It’s not natural, it’s not intuitive, it’s not user friendly. Does the mockup look cool? Sure, but that is where it ends.

Wish I had as much of the gift in pedagogy as you do. When I see the picture of iPhone cut, stretched, rotated and clipped with the picture of iPhone screen, I have intention not to discuss technical details but to call dirty names instead.

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This is what the iPad, iTouch etc will most probably look like with 2 home buttons on either side catering for left & right handers.

It sure would be nice if it also supported file sharing, printing & had a big storage ( 64gB or bigger) capacity to enable it to be plugged into a HDTV & watch the movies/tv shows rented/bought off the iTunes store. Or maybe even connect to the Tv wirelessly with an adaptor so you can sit on the couch & control it. A mobile Apple TV?
Hopefully this new device will have some sort of a combination of both Mac OSX & the iPhone OS... & hopefully a usb port for more connectivity options.

Whatever it is, I thinks its a given that it's gonna be something revolutionary that people see and think, oh yeah I need one of those..

Was thinking along the same lines. The dock could have firewire & USB INPUTS. Maybe even have an "Pro" dock with a dedicated GPU and HD tuner.

The biggest problem I see is the response time of the lcd. The iP Touch screen is horrible for watching any fast motion.
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I'm now convinced it will borrow it's nomenclature from the iPod touch... they'll call it.........

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I'm now convinced it will borrow it's nomenclature from the iPod touch... they'll call it.........

iPod Much?


I was fully expecting that to read Mac touch. Now though given there is new talk (2 NY publishers spoke to 9To5) about it costing: "nowhere near $1,000" it may not be the device I'm looking for at all.
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When Apple finally takes the wraps off its long-anticipated tablet next Wednesday, the device will strike a familiar chord with owners of the original iPhone, with similarities in industrial design trickling all the way down to the handset's button and connectivity components, AppleInsider has learned.

Nearly two and a half years have passed since AppleInsider exclusively reported in September of 2007 that the Cupertino-based gadget maker planned to follow the blockbuster success of the iPhone with a broader entry into consumer electronics, spearheaded by a completely new category of device akin to a "slate" and reminiscent of a modern-day reincarnation of the company's now defunct Newton tablet.

Since then, Apple has surprised in its capacity to work alongside dozens of partners and still maintain a relatively tight lid of the product's design, feature set, and software-driven functionality. Though recent weeks have been met by a flurry of reports on Apple's likely intentions for the device, a 28-month trail of rumors and speculation have left onlookers with exponentially more questions than answers.

One lingering uncertainty has surrounded the device's aesthetic or, more precisely, what it may look and feel like in a user's hands. According to people familiar with the device, it's largely redolent of a first-generation iPhone that's met its match with a rolling pin.

Of all the mockups and renderings that have surfaced on the Web attempting to depict what the final product will look like, the rendition below created by Flickr user Fotoboer.nl last August is strikingly close to the real deal, those same people say. It would be more precise, they add, if it weren't missing a handful of design elements of the iPhone.

Nestled in an aluminum shell that leverages the Apple's expertise in unibody construction but thinner proportionality than the original iPhone, the tablet reportedly sports all of the same buttons found on the handset, right down to its iconic home button -- which, like the volume toggle, is missing from the rendering.*

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Similarly, the tablet is said to sport all the same in/out connectivity as the current iPhone 3GS, including a 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack, built-in speaker grills, a* microphone, GPS, 3G connectivity and a 30-pin dock connector. Like the rendering, its 10-inch display is framed by a black border that bleeds into its wrap-around aluminum enclosure.*

Meanwhile, other people with proven track records in predicting Apple's future product designs have recently commented on prototypes of the Apple tablet making the rounds with a baseband chip compatible with CDMA networks like those operated by U.S.-based Verzion Wireless. However, AppleInsider cannot confirm with any degree of certainty that this technology is planned for the shipping version of the product.

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...it may not be the device I'm looking for at all.

I think that is the reason I’ve been at odds with your vision of a tablet. You’re posting what you want it will be while I’ve been posting what I think it will be.
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Originally Posted by Ireland View Post

It may not be the device I'm looking for at all.

No sh*t, Sherlock!





But to be fair, I don't think you will be alone in your disappointment.

C.
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Originally Posted by solipsism View Post

I think that is the reason I’ve been at odds with your vision of a tablet. You’re posting what you want it will be while I’ve been posting what I think it will be.

I was posing what I think it will be, I just hope Apple has to the balls to attempt the type of revolution I imagine. And a 10" iPod touch isn't it.
Citing unnamed sources with limited but direct knowledge of the rumoured device - Comedy Insider (Feb 2014)
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Originally Posted by Carniphage View Post

No sh*t, Sherlock!

With no inside knowledge you can't make that assumption.
Citing unnamed sources with limited but direct knowledge of the rumoured device - Comedy Insider (Feb 2014)
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I was posing what I think it will be, I just hope Apple has to the balls to attempt the type of revolution I imagine. And a 10" iPod touch isn't it.

If shoehorning Mac OS X into a 10 tablet is your idea of revolution we arent even speaking the same language. Ive used Mac OS X on a 10 netbook where the keyboard is real and doesnt cover half the screen and its not a good experience. A desktop OS is simply not designed for such a small screen.

I think you need to stop going full tilt to the other end of the spectrum by thinking "giant iPod Touch is the only other option. There is a huge area in the middle with HW and Sw designed specifically to interact with a 10 portable device. To me this seems the obvious and logical place for an Apple tablet to fall.
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I can see why you don't work in Apple's ID department. This is totally impractical; and if you know anything about SJ, you'll remember that he hates moving parts on his devices. Look at what happened to the click wheel...One of the reasons why they never adoped the stylus as well. Just one more thing to break or loose.
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