Originally Posted by Ireland
This device is going to have an 11" screen and that's that!
Come on Ireland this is a Newton thread not a Mac Tablet thread. Just imagine how big that device would be to carry around in a pocket constantly. Sure the girls would notice but after they realize that it is a PC rather than their imaginations desire they will drop you like a lead ball.
Seriously though, if you go to the trouble and cut out various size screens in paper using the widescreen ratio that Apple will [obviously] use. It becomes quite apparent how small 7" is.
Yes and no to Apple understanding screen sizes. I see the Touch as a good example of them not understanding what is required resolution and size wise to deliver media today. In any event look closely at devices with 4.5" to 5.5" screens you will be very surprised by what is already on the market and how useful those screens could be on a hand held device (that is a Netwon2).
Apple could have given the Air an 11" or 12" screen, they didn't. Apple knows how important screen size is, which is why their phone is on the big end of phone screen sizes, and their ultra-portable is on the larger end too.
I don't know about that as I consider that even the iPhone is a little small. Lets face it larger is better up until a certain size for portable devices. So in a way we are not arguing that point but rather how large something can get and still be useful as a portable hand held device. I just can't see carrying around an 11" screen in my pocket nor clipped to a belt.
Mark my words, this tablet, a.k.a. Mac touch will have around an 11" screen.
Mac Touch? Not for me honestly. I would rather see Apple release a Mobile based device that simply is open for software installation. Well that and fully outfitted for I/O. The main reason for this is to leave a lot of cruft from Mac OS/X behind. That is a new series of devices should not be supporting API's from 100 years ago.
Why? Well what is the point in supporting old programs, with old user interfaces, on a device that can't natively support them well? Tablets need software designed for tablets!
As for the dock? The could make it a cross between the dock on the iPhone and the Mac. One row of icons across the bottom of the screen, but you could flick it right to left to go to the next row of icons. Like flicking across homes screen, but instead with docks.
Screw the docks! Give me a standard USB port.
As for the cost? I'd say around $1099, possibly more. This will be a truly revolutionary, cutting-edge device, you have to pay to get that kind of stuff.
It is obvious that you and I are not even close to thinking about the same sort of device. I'm very much of the thought of a very mobile and very portable device like Newton. You seem to want a laptop in one of these. In any event $600 tops! Even that is expensive for a mass production machine.
Besides, the build quality and sexiness of this device will be second to none, and it will have very expensive flash storage too.
With Apple you never know about build quality. As to flash storage they certainly could go that route or maybe a hybrid approach. Either way flash is no where near as expensive as it once was. A low end model of a Newton 2 should be able to go for about $400 easy and that is with Cell or WiMax connectivity.
AND... to be clear, it will be a Mac.
There are to many disadvantages for Apple in support legacy Mac software. just imagine the howls when people have trouble with all those old user interfaces. You think that the media beat up on Newtons handwriting recognition to much, just wait until all the funky behavior from legacy apps pop up on these devices. No I think the smart thing for Apple is to break from the past and base these things on Mobile OS.
That is all, for now
The big question is when the hell is Apple going to get this product out the door. It is such a shame that AIR took so much time and effort at Apple and produced such a wasteful product. The technology is here right now or certainly in the next few months.