Originally Posted by Ireland
If you are touching the screen it's a good time to dump the keyboard, especially considering a soft keyboard has zero weight, takes up zero space, as is completely invisible and out of the way when not needed. Having a software keyboard makes this portable much thinner, lighter, more minimal, sleeker, and even more portable. If they do anything they'll go make the tablet.
I hope this isn't implying removing the keyboard from the MacBook Pro. There are just some things that touch-screen won't work for. This isn't Starfleet, a fancy computer console isn't going to cut it. Videographers, photographers, graphic designers, etc. need the keyboard/mouse combo, with a stylus tablet thrown in on occasion, whereas touch-screen would be nothing but a fancy but useless bit of flash.
That recipe worked on the iPhone, the iPhone grew from tablet research, it just makes sense. As this device is much bigger though [well will be], it would require some sort of pop-out flap/rest/stand [whatever you want to call it] so this tablet could be used on flat surfaces also. If want your portable to have a keyboard Apple makes several products with those, this will be different. Ditching the hardware keyboard is a fundamental part of that.
The iPhone is not even in the same class as the notebook lineup. The most it does as a computer is use the Web and check email. Beyond that, it's a phone and an iPod, nothing more. So we really shouldn't use the iPhone as a template for our computers, because the iPhone itself barely passes as a more than a PDA.