Originally Posted by MacRonin
I would totally go for that iPhone nano!
I wouldn't go for it my self, at least right now, but Apple very much needs something like that in their line up. Frankly I'd be surprised if they kept the same user interface, I'm not convinced that it would scale down well.
Side question, will we be using our iPhones & iPhone nanos as wireless tethers for our tablets, or will the tablets have the option of cell capabilities for data when out of WiFi range? And if they have cell capabilities, will it be limited to data connection, or will you be able to have your tablet in your bag and a BlueTooth earpiece/mic combo doing voice recognition dialing as needed for making and taking calls?
You ask that question like you believe that people on this forum actually know!
I don't but I can say what I'd like to see. I'd like to see a tablet that supports WiFi, as I suspect that every body else does. But I'd also like a tablet that is flexible in the other RF technologies.
By this I mean the option of Cell, WiMaX or what ever else pops up. Google anyone? The problem is pretty clear in that having tie ins to just one technology makes you a slave to really bad business practices. The only way to improve that is to have available to you competition that takes a different approach to the customer. That is the hope I see in WiMax and Google.
As to taking calls I'm so feed up with the phone company that I'm likely to go to a platform that supported Skype and keep the Cell as a separate cheap appliance. I know that is somewhat backtracking as in the past I've advocated a one device does all approach. But after getting my latest land line bill I'm leaning to keeping diversity in suppliers. Having a pay as you go cell phone is actually very economical if most of your communications takes place via other means.
I realize the first Apple tablets will be smaller than 17", probably 13.3" like the MacBooks they will replace. Yes, replace. Add a docking station which charges the tablet while setting it upright on the desktop like a regular monitor. Drop a BlueTooth keyboard & multi-touch trackpad unit in front of that and you have a desktop replacement. Have an Ives designed industrial chic version of a plate holder to fold up and toss in your bag with the tablet & keyboard, pull out what you want when you need it
No not replace! The whole point of a tablet device is that it serves an entirely different market than a laptop. Sure there is some cross over just as a laptop crosses over into desktop territory. I feel secure in saying though that most of us in the market for a Tablet will not be using in like a laptop.
In any event a 13" device is the wrong approach. Apple needs to start at the Touch and work up in size. At least one device that remains pocketable and of course Newton 2 which will be very slightly too large for the pocket.
I expect the 8" Newton 2 at WWDC '08 (plenty of time after the SDK is released in Feb. for the developers to write a nice collection of apps to push on the Newton 2, or will the Newton 2 actually run the full OS X?) and the 13.3" tablet no later than MacWorld 2009. Total replacement of traditional laptops with slate tablets and accessory keyboards/multi-touch trackpads (thus making a traditional laptop, only different; add in the patented iMac-esque docking station and tablets have just replaced the all-in-one lineup also!) by MacWorld 2010
Certainly doable to an extent but what is the point in having a 13 inch hand held device. Unless you where born with it, it would be a pain to carry around, much less use hand held. The key to sizing tablets is their usability hand held, if the size causes awkward handling then it is a dead product.
The other issue is the idea that people will want to carry around bluetooth keyboards for such devices. Really get a grip with that idea. If you need a keyboard then you have a need for a laptop not a tablet. Occasional use is one thing but to try to set yourself up to operate normally like that is questionable at best.
Yes Virginia, they will still make Mac Pros & Xserves for those who need them
They will make laptops too as they address a need that tablets don't.
A set-top box, two phones, an assortment of iPods, four tablets, two or three display docking stations (matching number & size with the regular displays made for the Mac Pro), the aforementioned Mac Pro & the Xserve/XRAID rounds out the Apple product lineup. Still nice and trim, not a zillion models like Dull, er, Dell
I realize the economy is going into a depression but why would you want to kill apple with such limited products? In fact the best way to survive an economic depression is to have products that people want to buy no matter what. Think about backed beans! The best thing Apple can do now, to be prepared for the next few years, is to offer up economical products that people can't do without. Because of the consumer products orientation that means the have to innovate.
Where is kormac77?!?
Your post is very interesting but I think you mis some very important concepts with respect to tablet devices. Especially in the context of the coming economic collapse. Apple needs products that offer the consumer value and alternatives to high priced services of the past. One of these would be a tablet device that can easily handle Skype type communications. One of the short comings of the current Touch is that it has no audio input which is something Apple needs to address in any tablet it produces. People will be demanding as much functionality in as cheap a platform as is possible. This simply due to the reality of the economy and in part old world communications businesses unwillingness to alter their business model to compete.