[quote]Originally posted by chromos:
<strong>4 replies all at once, all saying the same thing. Convergence!!!
Yeppers! Come-on Stevie boy we are ready for it... Oh and here is something worth re-reading... Codename is this (see below) on the right track?
Found on dejanews and written by Shane Anderson ( I think)
I have been sitting on a bunch of info for over a year now, and as bits and pieces of it have come to light over the last few months, I think it is time to tell you a little of what I know.
I will firstly state that this must be considered only a rumor. I have no pictures. Most of the info I have is publicly available, it just isn't strung together in any coherent way that paints the big picture. No NDAs have been broken in getting this information.
Again, treat as rumor, take it with a pinch of salt. If you go buy Apple shares because I what I am about to say, you're a bl**dy idiot.
Rumor sites, if you use this, ATTRIBUTE THE STORY!!!
Apple is readying a new product that will fill the empty square, and in some way will replace the Newton MessagePad.
What I "know" about the device so far:
It is very similar to the iBook, and I even thought it may have been what I had been waiting for, but not quite. It does not have a keyboard attached, but uses a stylus for 'pen computing' like Newton. I have heard nothing of there being a keyboard for it, but it does have a USB port so you could easily attach one.
It has two USB, one FireWire. As far as I can tell it has no modem. I thought this odd, but it does have a Ethernet port. The screen is exactly the same size as the new iBook, screen resolution 1024x768, and all.
I have no idea of the weight, but it will be tremendously light. Think less than 3 pounds without doubt, maybe closer to 2 pounds. The screens sensitivity is very cool. You can gently glide the pen over the screens surface and your cursor will move with it, but you will not generate a click until you press down with the pen. The dock animation works really well in this regard.
Yes, it runs MacOS X. No, it does not run Classic.
One of the best features of this new device, is the built in ability to screen share to another MacOS X Server or Client. When used in this regard, even over the built in AirPort, you can not tell that you are running anything remotely. In other words, screen-share a 733MHz G4, and it will suddenly feel like your tablet has a 733MHz G4 in it.
You are able to screen-share over the internet too, and even then, it is still incredibly fast. How do you connect to the net without a modem? Who knows... I'm just telling you to the best of my knowledge.
An AirPort Card is not needed, it is built in.
Hand writing recognition is indeed built in, but it seem that in marketing the product Apple will be telling no one about this feature. Again, I have NO idea why!
Battery life was at 8 hours, but the goal is 10.
Processor, I don't know. I can only presume it is a G3. My best guess here would be a G3 500Mhz that steps down to a much lower speed to conserve power when full speed is not required. The fact that know one knows the processor though, leads me to ponder if it runs on a G3 or G4 at all. I don't see any other chip being feasible though.
I don't know the thickness, but one of the prototypes was VERY thick, too thick to have been the serious end product thickness. I will guess again that it will be much less than 1 inch thick.
It has no media bays. Initial prototypes did not have a removable battery, but this has been changed for some reason.
BlueTooth, well, I just plain don't know about that either. I doubt it, but it would be nice.
A PC card slot. This is what told me that this was not the new iBook. A PC card slot is an absolute necessity for this product for connecting to wireless net ISP.
I have no idea about RAM or HD size. I will guess again and say it will have 128MB soldered to the board and one slot free like the iBook, with a 10G Drive.
Durability is a major deal here. Dropping the tablet will not cause much harm to the device unless the screen itself is impacted.
Yes people have seen this new device, and working, and the response has been flat out disbelief when shown the screen sharing.
Well there you go. I truly hope this product becomes reality.
Please don't go emailing me asking if it has xyz feature. If I didn't say here, then I honestly don't know. Sorry.
If you know something I don't, let me know.
Shane Anderson The Mac EvangeList List Dad