Originally Posted by Gazoobee
Absolutely no way Apple would design a product with a keyboard like that. Apple designs products for regular people not some small percentage of keyboard geeks.
The whole idea behind the iPhone platform is coming up with a better way to do mobile computing that even your mum can use easily. Split-screen weirdo keyboards that only a tiny percentage of even computer literate could even operate
are just not on the menu.
Whatever it is it has to be a simpler
keyboard entry system, not a harder one.
Which is why a curved, split keyboard that allows your thumbs to travel every key just as easily as you can on an iPhone makes sense. That's the way the "let's make the keyboard QWERTY and slap it across the the display so I can I have to hold the device with one hand while typing with one hand or have to set it down to type" mockups so commonly shown are ultimately a failed concept. Now, I don't think that type of keyboard won't be included, just not when holding the device in your hands.
Originally Posted by mr_cazorp
But "replace" is a very broad word. I'm not looking to buy this and throw away my ThinkPad. But I could easily take a subset of the things I do with a PC and transfer them to a device like this tablet and end up with a standalone product that never needs to know about anything else I own (except maybe a printer or an iPod) and still be extremely useful. We'll know in a bit.
What you're describing is then an ACCESSORY to your computing habits, not a replacements, the same way the iPhone has become an accessory computing device but hasn't replaced a PC.
PS: My MBP was out of commission once and I tried just using my iPhone. It was a PITA after a week so I went to Wal-Mart and bought a Acer netbook. Still a PITA but less so for basic "PC-like" computing.