A Non-Apple Mac-Tablet from OWC? Huh?

in Future Apple Hardware edited January 2014
What the heck is going on with this?


How can they offer a "Tablet Mac" without getting the Jobs Legal Team of Doom crawling all over them? Is this just some kind of weird joke/hype?

Hope Springs Eternal,




  • Reply 1 of 7
    tednditedndi Posts: 1,921member
    perhaps they gut an ibook and put a touch sensitive LCD on it.

    Inkwell works still. With a little coding and some mods you have a tablet.
  • Reply 2 of 7
    banchobancho Posts: 1,517member
    Originally Posted by TednDi View Post

    perhaps they gut an ibook and put a touch sensitive LCD on it.

    Inkwell works still. With a little coding and some mods you have a tablet.

    That or a Macbook.

    I'm sure Apple's not concerned since it's not overlapping with anything they plan on delivering for the near future at the very least. There have been touchscreen conversion iMacs available on and off since the very first iMac was released and they never seemed to attract any ire from Jobs. It would seem that this is a similar, if a bit more radical, version of the same. They wouldn't need any special licensing agreement since they're probably using whole retail machines as the fodder for their creations.

    It doesn't look like a step toward the dark days of the clones either so that's good news. I'd say, if anything, it's a chance for some of the tablet fanatics to put their money where their mouth is . Lets see if there is *some* genuine interest in a tablet and how well they sell. I'm interested to see what the finished product looks like.
  • Reply 3 of 7
    sandausandau Posts: 1,230member
    it would be funny as heck if they released their Tablet and Apple also released a Tablet and OWC's was better...hahah.
  • Reply 4 of 7
    gordygordy Posts: 970member
    It's a retrofitted MacBook/MBP. The givaway is the built-in iSight. It'll void Apple's warranty, but since OWC will cover it, their's no foul here.

    I hope they don't make it too ghetto/PCish. You know, with a million lights and huge ports and buttons all over it. You know switchers will be all over it, while we laugh at it.
  • Reply 5 of 7
    check the details guys, it's Wacom Penabled. No "Touch" screen. That conversion is a real-deal tablet, and if it's built off of a MB or MBP, then it aught to be able to run XP Tablet edition (which is just XP Pro, SP 2 with some extra components). So we could be looking at a dual platform Tablet PC. Easy hack if you have the capital to hire a few engineers, and the clout to get some OEM components. This is gonna be interesting. (AND EXPENSIVE!!!) oops, did I say that out loud?

  • Reply 6 of 7
    MarvinMarvin Posts: 14,202moderator
    Why aren't people making a bigger deal about this?

    If this company wanted to make a non-mac tablet then why not just release it? Why wait for a Macworld announcement? Also, don't you think if Apple were releasing a tablet that they'd put a stop to a competitor at the same show?

    Could it be that this is the tablet some Mac users want but Apple are just not going to be taking responsibility for it if it goes wrong?

    In the same way that Apple advertise Parallels but do not undertake virtualization themselves maybe this is their way of entering the tablet market.

    After all, the people who design the tablets have to buy Macs first in order to modify them so Apple won't have a problem with it. Plus they are using a different enclosure (Aircraft grade magnesium alloy for all terrain use) so it's not like they're just turning the screen over.

    Is it possible that this is going to be the 12" MBP too?
  • Reply 7 of 7
    ajpriceajprice Posts: 320member
    Apple not jumping on this says a few things, the main thing is that they are happy because it puts the Mac platform to a new market, without any R&D by them, and with extra sales to them because the machines are (probably) starting life as MacBooks bought from Apple. The warranty will be with OWC instead of Apple, so Apple won't have to worry about warranty claims and so on. It is essentially OWC's product, and it doesn't harm any of the existing Apple product markets, and if Apple are letting this go on sale, there probably won't be a tablet by Apple themselves any time soon.
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