Apple Tablet Set For 2003?

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in Future Apple Hardware edited January 2014
In a speculative column at eWeek, Matthew Rothenberg suggests an Apple Tablet is coming sooner rather then later. Go here:



<a href="http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,3959,713611,00.asp"; target="_blank">http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,3959,713611,00.asp</a>;
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  • Reply 1 of 59
    cubecube Posts: 142member
    I think that they shuld just do the Powerbook and Ibook displays turnabel so they become Tablet pc`s

    So you culd close them hvit the display upwards... and start drawing and wrighting whit that pen.



    Wuldent that be great....
  • Reply 2 of 59
    [quote]Originally posted by Cube:

    <strong>I think that they shuld just do the Powerbook and Ibook displays turnabel so they become Tablet pc`s

    So you culd close them hvit the display upwards... and start drawing and wrighting whit that pen.



    Wuldent that be great.... </strong><hr></blockquote>



    Perhaps such a device would provide you with the opportunity to learn how to spell. (Sorry, couldn't resist. The irony of your post was just too much for me.)
  • Reply 3 of 59
    jcgjcg Posts: 777member
    [quote]Originally posted by Cube:

    <strong>I think that they shuld just do the Powerbook and Ibook displays turnabel so they become Tablet pc`s

    So you culd close them hvit the display upwards... and start drawing and wrighting whit that pen.



    Wuldent that be great.... </strong><hr></blockquote>



    Powerbook is too big and heavy to be marked as a tablet. I think that a 12" display is the largest that you would want to go with one of these. I may be wrong, but I dont feel that the technology is quite ready for these yet. Yes you can make them, but battery life, power, and good quality "tablet" screens are just too much for what most people will view as a secondary, or even tertiary computer, and for effective text entry you will still need a keyboard, something that they are adding to PDA's now.
  • Reply 4 of 59
    jpfjpf Posts: 167member
    Tablets will find only a small niche. Its not going to go much further than that. Its cute, but not really practical at the rate technology changes. This party is really over before its started. This is not the next greatest thing. Okay by me, Bill will fail and he'll stick to his guns on how he was full of vision with MS leading this innovative new world.



    This is a bad idea from the beginning. Small, small niches here, nothing more. This is going to change the world.



    World changes? Killer Apps? The PC Tablet is not going to be it. Sorry Bill.
  • Reply 5 of 59
    jlljll Posts: 2,709member
    [quote]Originally posted by JPF:

    <strong>World changes? Killer Apps? The PC Tablet is not going to be it. Sorry Bill.</strong><hr></blockquote>



    No, but alarm clocks that wake you up at 5 in the morning (even if it is set to 8 am) because it's snowing outside will change the world
  • Reply 6 of 59
    jpfjpf Posts: 167member
    [quote]Originally posted by JLL:

    <strong>



    No, but alarm clocks that wake you up at 5 in the morning (even if it is set to 8 am) because it's snowing outside will change the world </strong><hr></blockquote>



    Because Microsoft is trying to "innovate" in this new world, this smart alarm clock will throw a "GPF" and wake me because its snowing in Denmark when I happen to live in Atlanta, GA USA.
  • Reply 7 of 59
    screedscreed Posts: 1,077member
    [quote]Originally posted by MacsRGood4U:

    <strong>In a speculative column at eWeek, Matthew Rothenberg suggests an Apple Tablet is coming sooner rather then later. Go here:



    <a href="http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,3959,713611,00.asp"; target="_blank">http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,3959,713611,00.asp</a></strong><hr></blockquote>;



    Perhaps, I'm not reading it well enough, but this seems like less than inside knowledge and more wishful column writing.



    Synopsis: It'd be swell if Apple made a tablet too.



    Now that <a href="http://computers.cnet.com/hardware/0-1027-8-20636466-1.html?tag=sd"; target="_blank">everyone</a> and their Mum is rushing to make some awfully designed bricks^H^H^H tablets, Apple needs to create a design that rises above all of them (iPod-like: better, simpler, but slightly more expensive and yet people would still want it).



    Screed



    Actually, these Tablet PCs aren't cheap so Apple needn't go any further there.



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  • Reply 8 of 59
    onlookeronlooker Posts: 5,252member
    I used to biach, and moan in here that Apple should by the design rights to the Vadem Clio flip top style tablet. I still think a laptop that can double as a tablet is a win win situation for Apple, and it's customers. With good handwriting recognition most laptop users may find them self's using the tablet feature more than one might expect. Even if they didn't decide ever to use it they loose nothing. They still have their trusty laptop right there.



    The Majority of Mac users that I know work in design. That alone says to me that it would not go unappreciated by a major group of users - not to mention students flipping it over to take notes.



    There is also a new app from the makers of Maya <a href="http://www.aliaswavefront.com/en/products/sketchbook/info.shtml"; target="_blank">Alias|Wavefront called Sketchbook Pro</a> that is already available for Tablet PC.



    If Apple comes out with a Tablet/iBook, or Laptop I would be ecstatic, and would most likely buy one as soon as I could, but nobody but SJ, and a select few people know what Apple has in store for us in the near future.





    BTW, don't bother looking up the Vadem Clio. I just did, and that thing looks so old, and outdated know it's not even funny. But at the time the design was freaking cool!
  • Reply 9 of 59
    [quote]Originally posted by Cube:

    <strong>I think that they shuld just do the Powerbook and Ibook displays turnabel so they become Tablet pc`s

    So you culd close them hvit the display upwards... and start drawing and wrighting whit that pen.



    Wuldent that be great.... </strong><hr></blockquote>



    Maybe something like this?!

  • Reply 10 of 59
    jcgjcg Posts: 777member
    [quote]Originally posted by onlooker:

    <strong>I used to biach, and moan in here that Apple should by the design rights to the Vadem Clio flip top style tablet. I still think a laptop that can double as a tablet is a win win situation for Apple, and it's customers. With good handwriting recognition most laptop users may find them self's using the tablet feature more than one might expect. Even if they didn't decide ever to use it they loose nothing. They still have their trusty laptop right there.



    The Majority of Mac users that I know work in design. That alone says to me that it would not go unappreciated by a major group of users - not to mention students flipping it over to take notes.



    There is also a new app from the makers of Maya <a href="http://www.aliaswavefront.com/en/products/sketchbook/info.shtml"; target="_blank">Alias|Wavefront called Sketchbook Pro</a> that is already available for Tablet PC.



    If Apple comes out with a Tablet/iBook, or Laptop I would be ecstatic, and would most likely buy one as soon as I could, but nobody but SJ, and a select few people know what Apple has in store for us in the near future.





    BTW, don't bother looking up the Vadem Clio. I just did, and that thing looks so old, and outdated know it's not even funny. But at the time the design was freaking cool!</strong><hr></blockquote>



    Designers would want a "wacom" tablet, which would be cost prohibitive, and students would need a sub $1000 price tag to be effectively marketed. History may prove me wrong, but I dont think the tablets time has come yet.
  • Reply 11 of 59
    vvmpvvmp Posts: 63member
    Tablet spelled backwards = Ballet (well almost). Apple would do better to DANCE all over this lame concept and deliver something no larger than a Newton.
  • Reply 12 of 59
    What if Apple were to take the design of the G4 iMac and make the screen detachable, with a wireless connection? It wouldn't create a totally portable device, but it would make it possible to come up with a true tablet, i.e., something that is light yet durable enough to take a lot of penwork on its face, with all of the applications and files on the iMac base eliminating the need for much electronics built into the tablet. In a way, it's taking the PDA and blowing it up into a full-sized screen. And when you want to use the tablet with a keyboard, just connect back to the iMac base.



    just some crazy ideas...
  • Reply 13 of 59
    nebrienebrie Posts: 483member
    Steve Jobs did imply once that they had prototype internet pcs developed but were watching to see how it panned out. If it started taking off, they could hit production very quickly. If it didn't, which is what happened, it would join the history books we shall never see.



    I'm not surprised that they would be doing the same thing this time. Smart move.
  • Reply 14 of 59
    [quote]Originally posted by macramedia:

    <strong>What if Apple were to take the design of the G4 iMac and make the screen detachable, with a wireless connection? It wouldn't create a totally portable device, but it would make it possible to come up with a true tablet, i.e., something that is light yet durable enough to take a lot of penwork on its face, with all of the applications and files on the iMac base eliminating the need for much electronics built into the tablet. In a way, it's taking the PDA and blowing it up into a full-sized screen. And when you want to use the tablet with a keyboard, just connect back to the iMac base.



    just some crazy ideas...</strong><hr></blockquote>



    <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/smartdisplay/default.asp"; target="_blank">Microsoft Mira.</a>



    Though, I would like to see this, and yes, I do think Apple could do it better.
  • Reply 15 of 59
    yes, you are right...so much for my bright idea <img src="graemlins/embarrassed.gif" border="0" alt="[Embarrassed]" />
  • Reply 16 of 59
    aries 1baries 1b Posts: 1,009member
    Matthew Rothenberg's article on Inkwell included screenshots that turned out to be accurate.

    Damn my soaring hopes, but this could be the leak!



    Aries 1B
  • Reply 17 of 59
    [quote]Originally posted by Aries 1B:

    <strong>Matthew Rothenberg's article on Inkwell included screenshots that turned out to be accurate.

    Damn my soaring hopes, but this could be the leak!



    Aries 1B</strong><hr></blockquote>



    Can you post the link to that article?
  • Reply 18 of 59
    cubecube Posts: 142member
    [quote]Originally posted by DasDaSein:

    <strong>



    Maybe something like this?!

    </strong><hr></blockquote>



    Thats just what i meant



    So it wuld still be like a laptop, and you chuld have this realy coll dockingstation vhere it wuld becom a flat pannel display!!!! Just add a keybard an a mice and you wuld have the perfect pc/labtopp/tablet pc :cool: :cool: :cool:
  • Reply 19 of 59
    I still don't understand what the point of a tablet PC is.



    How many of you can write faster than you can type?



    And if word processing and email are by far the largest uses for computers, both of which involve lots of typing, why the hell would anyone want to carry around a pen-based screen with shite handwriting recognition. i've used inkwell and as far as i can tell, it's just as bad as the newton.



    With the exception of some scientific applications, students who may want to draw diagrams from class notes, how is a tablet PC a good option for the avergae consumer? Don't answer. It's ok. I just don't get it and likely won't until I see it making life easier...

    <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
  • Reply 20 of 59
    AMD is supposed to make a "shattering" announcement today at Comdex. Could it be that their Hammer chip will power an upcoming Apple tablet.? (It would seem unlikely that Apple would allow such an announcement without announcing actual product themselves however.) Anybody that finds info please post.
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