Originally Posted by nvidia2008
It will be restricted no doubt ~ think of it as a higher-end iPhone 3G rather than a low-end Mac. No full [Snow]Leopard. That's what I think.
Well I'm expecting a iPhone OS based device myself. There are a number of reasons for that and app store is one of them.
Even worse, possibly, it comes with an AT&T plan because it has 3G built in. Something weird like that to do with the telco because it has 3G built into the netbook.
So is this really a bad thing? Let's face it if you sell a device with a cellular modem it won't be of much use without a contract. Given that Apple could always take the iPhone/Touch approach and offer a model without the hardware. For many people looking for a small device connectivity is important, it is what gives the iPhone a huge advantage over the Touch.
App Store model to download apps and so-on.
Yeah this part is very important in my mind, app store is sort of like a Linux repository for a distribution. In on facility it wraps up convience, choice and security. Actually a app store for the Mac would be nice too.
So very likely to be "restricted", this tablet/netbook/MacTouch.
I'm not sure what you mean by restricted. It is an alternative way of doing things. One that benefits the consummer more some want to acknowledge.
Basically ownership of this tablet/netbook/MacTouch will be "subsidised" by signing on to the telco's 3g-for-this-device plan. In light of the economy, contracts and subsidies are the way to go, while for the Mac Apple will continue its existing revenue/profit model.
Well you are simply wrong about the economy on a number of fronts. For one it isn't as bad as some make it out to be. Second; contracts are a very bad thing for the consummer and in the case of a real recession or depression a very bad thing for a corporation to be involved in.
The problem with contracts is that in a depression people can't leave themselves exposed fianacially. You just don't buy on credit things you don't need for survival. Especially if that contract significantly inflates the cost of an item which it generally does.
In terms of scaling out across the world the device would be expanded from existing iPhone 3G relationships with telcos.
True. But I suspect that Apple will have a Touch variant to go along with the cellular modem variant. Mostly because I'm hoping Apple realize many will not want or need that contract.
Apple has to position this MacTouch so that iPod, iPhone, Mac lines remain non-cannibalised.
Don't you know cannibalized is a banned word!
In any event they need to do nothing of the sort, the device would just be another member of the family. It would be an iPod in every sense of the word. Deep down your statement makes no sense as we are taliking a form factor that doesn't even exist in Apples line up. It is like saying Touch cannibalizes the sale of Shuffles.
Their App Store model and iPhone OS 3.0+ model is strong enough to handle something like MacTouch OS as a new system for developers. Such as editing word documents, etc. on the MacTouch.
One could edit Word on the iPhone if it had enough memory so I don't know what you are talking about. IPhone OS is already a robust operating system and user space provider. It's only limitation is the hardware it runs on.
Put simply there is no reason to fear a device running iPhone OS. It has just about every feature that serious software requires. The possible exception being dynamic linking to third party libraries. More importantly it is lean and can easily morph to support additional capabilities.