Originally Posted by Ireland
Please stop calling this tablet a handheld. Please! It's not in my view. I like to call it a "table tablet", and as a bonus it's the perfect "couch computer".
Wouldn't you be holding it in your hand while using it at the couch?
Think Classroom Desks, DJ tables, Boardrooms, Coffee Tables, Generic Desks/Tables, Trays, Bars, Beds and Couches.
Ok explain how a tablet could be of any use at all in a classroom. Especially for taking notes or other data input uses.
As to the desks, tables and other places to lay it about how does one make use of the thing while it is laying about on these sorts of desks. What are you going to do pick it up to use, if so doesn't it become a handheld computer? The idea might have some merit if it the device ended up extremely light and thin but I don't have a lot of hope for that.
It's about "taking some work with you", and it would fit in with this modern world like fingers into a glove.
At least with a clam shell with a real keyboard my fingers can do a bit of typing on a keyboard. That would be very useful if I'm taking work with me.
It could serve "a million niches". The applications are endless. Think GIANT desktop, with a GIANT screen and boat loads of horse power at home, and all house members get a Mac touch to take with them when they are on the move.
Well this is funny but I don't think you are going to get all family members to carry something like that around. Frankly the iPhone draws complaints for its size right now.
When home you sync with said desktop and it syncs your settings and changes and backs up all you data. Safe, secure, mobile, sleek, simple setup.
Yeah and the iPhone doesn't do that? Further right now I don't even need to go home to have my important stuff updated.
The problem with your position is that the very things you describe as potential uses require the unit to be handheld. Frankly I'd love to see Apple have a whole line of hand held tablets, I just don't think what you describe has the potential to sell like iPods or Laptops. The applications where a tablet of that size would actually be an improvement over the current state of the art is extremely limited. Thus I don't see a huge opportunity here like there is with other sized tablets. Lets face it the iPhones screen is a little on the small size for some uses, I think everybody agrees with that. The problem is how far can we grow the concept in size before people reject it based on usability. The problem is as size increases in a device people end up with different expectations.
Well Apple can try to manage those expectations and maybe could come up with something completely different in the way of an interface. One thing that is painfully obvious is that on board keyboards won't meet that expectation. If they have something in the labs that really addresses this issue then all bets are off. The other approach Apple could take is the consumer electronics device, like IPod, such that the device primary focus would be a large media delivery device. No Mac OS in a device like that though.