Originally Posted by Ireland
I'd say it'll be closer to 10" than 6 or 7". You wouldn't be able to use productivity apps on a 6 or 7" screen, sorry, well sufficiently anyway. Besides they want to make it an ultra-portable Mac, not a bigger just iPod touch that has some iPhone features. Make no mistake, this is a Mac we're talking about here. Sure sources have said screen sizes etc., but how do we know this is the total truth.
Multi-touch tablet Mac FTW!
I think Apple cares much more about scaling up the iPhone then it does about scaling down a laptop. The UMPC/small Tablet market has potential (I'd argue the eMate/Foleo/Asus EEE section has potential too, but the rumour is for a slate tablet), the 10"+ tablet market has gone nowhere.
If you're worried about usefulness, consider resolution, and ignore the rumoured one. I have 1024x768 on my 12" PB and that is—just barely—enough. If one were to keep at least that resolution but at 5.5-7" you wind up with the same amount of space, looking much sharper. The pinch & resolution independence is where this comes in as you could zoom in and out with no loss of detail.
Now sure this seems like a Mac, but it's (probably) running Mobile OS X and using Multitouch with maybe 32GB of flash. At the core this the next generation of Apple products, using Mobile OS X's interface (instead of the traditional OS X one), with programs from OS X requiring both porting (say to a new version of Cocoa, as Shipley proposed) and then a complete user interface redesign for Multitouch.
If one were to make this 10" it would simply look like a Mac Tablet (which, given the tiny Windows Tablet market, is a miniscule target audience). People would expect OS X (with multitouch bolted on, I imagine) and the full multi-GB Leopard install and Photoshop and whatever. This is the exact same mistake UMPCs make.
Now they could use Mobile OS X at 10" but I simply don't believe that people would accept such a large computer not running regular OS X (why I can't do Photoshop? Not ported. Why can't I play my games? Not ported. Etc…). It's just too close in size to a laptop. Especially if Apple ever expands their laptop line-up.
Apple would want this to replace your laptop, I imagine, but at the same time be acceptable to carry with your laptop if you must. 10" doesn't do that, but 5.5-7" does. People carrie(d) Newton's with their laptops, but I don't think many people carry their Windows Tablet with their laptop.
At 5.5-7" this is a Knowledge Navigator using Mobile OS X that lasts for 24 hours on one charge (well, before we account for wireless). At that size people wouldn't expect regular OS X, and so the shininess of Mobile OS X & Multitouch along with the basics like iWork and iLife (perhaps minus GarageBand) beat not having Photoshop.
 With a 11" MacBook Nano, a 13" MacBook Pro, and a 15" MacBook. Please Jobs? Probably depends on if their sales keep expanding.
 That might not be a bad name for the device. It's not an iPhone or an iPod so iPhone Pro or iPad or whatever are out, and we don't want people to think this is a Mac so MacPad or MacTablet or whatever are out.
Although I personally would love to see the Newton name come back
How about Navigator, or iNavigator, or even iNewton
Originally Posted by haakondahl
I scoffed at those who paid $600 for a phone. I didn't care when it came down to the low, low price of $400. I have a phone, which surfs the web, e-mails, c-mail, plays games, handles appointments, and even has some GPS wizardry to navigate me through Tokyo and the environs. No kidding, I walk, and it shows me moving on the map. It even knows which direction it is pointing--the map rotates as I do.
It cost me $100 in Japan.
Originally Posted by anantksundaram
Wow. What model phone is this? Who is the provider? (I am truly impressed that a cell phone provider in Japan has come up with all this cool, easy-to-use software). And, what does the service plan cost you per month?
There's NTT DoCoMo, AU/KDDI, and Softbank Mobile: all pretty much the same (Softbank's cheaper, with worse coverage, Au/KDDI occasionally puts out the coolest looking phones, like the Neon). The phone likely costs around $600-700 in real life, but is subsidized down to $100, they're really big on subsidies there. As far as I remember pretty much any new decent Japanese phone can do that sort of thing.
Using Softbank you can get the White Plan
for about 8 bucks a month, plus 4 bucks for the Super Useful Pack
, 8 bucks to 40 bucks for 'unlimited' data
(once you hit 40 bucks that's all you have to pay). For another 4 bucks you can get the Double White Plan & 50% off voice calls to non-Softbank carriers. Pretty decent, really.Note, however, that he said nothing about easy-to-use. Just because a map knows which way he's showing doesn't mean it's easy to use.
In fact I'd lay odds his phone is as hard, or harder, to figure out all the neat things on it as any Nokia or Motorola or whatever model over in Europe or North America.
Also note that the phone can probably be used as an e-wallet, and may even have digital (one-seg) TV. Plus barcode scanning, which is awesome.
Advanced software and hardware features doesn't translate to a simple & good user interface to use them. That, as always, is where Apple has the upper hand.