The Apple Tablet

  • Posted: 29 December 2009 02:19 AM #31

    Mercel - 29 December 2009 05:54 AM

    I like iSlate.  It is a MASCULINE name.  Unlike the iPhone which is for girls…as per that hilarious article a couple weeks back making a comparison between the Droid and Apple’s iconic phone.

    Just remember, a slate is sold blank or void of content. The term “clean slate” is not one I suspect Apple wants associated with this product. I expect it to be positioned as something both familiar and new. I also expect it to be as much an extension of the iPhone OS product line as as it is a new product segment.

         
  • Posted: 29 December 2009 11:44 AM #32

    Add ‘iGuide’ to possible Apple tablet names/technologies. To replace iTunes?

    Tue, 12/29/2009 - 7:42am ? Seth Weintraub


    Macrumors is knee-deep in filings for secret Delaware companies made by Apple’s Senior Trademark Specialist Regina Porter.  This morning, they’ve found another name that could at some point be used in a future Apple product/service.

    ‘iGuide’. 

    According to Macrumors, the trademark classification includes the following passage:

    Computer hardware and computer software for accessing, browsing, searching, recording, organizing, storing, transmitting, receiving, manipulating, streaming, reproducing, playing, and reviewing audio, video, games, music, television, movies, photographs, and other multimedia content.

    Even more revealing was a later passage which describes downloadable electronic content of a wide variety:

    Downloadable electronic publications in the nature of books, magazines, newsletters, journals, and blogs in the fields of entertainment, sports, science, history, culture, celebrities, news, current events, politics, technology, and education;

    As TechCrunch points out, the registration for this name tends toward it being a service rather than being a physical product. 

    From the description above, it seems that iGuide would replace much of the functionality of iTunes if it were to be released on the Mac platform as well (and Apple likes to maintain continuity among all of its platforms). As we’ve pointed out in the past, iTunes functionality has grown far beyond its original purpose of organizing music.

    Could the ‘iGuide’ name replace ‘iTunes’ in the future?  It also looks like it would encroach on ‘Front Row’ as well.

         
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    Posted: 29 December 2009 11:45 AM #33

    DawnTreader - 29 December 2009 06:19 AM
    Mercel - 29 December 2009 05:54 AM

    I like iSlate.  It is a MASCULINE name.  Unlike the iPhone which is for girls…as per that hilarious article a couple weeks back making a comparison between the Droid and Apple’s iconic phone.

    Just remember, a slate is sold blank or void of content. The term “clean slate” is not one I suspect Apple wants associated with this product. I expect it to be positioned as something both familiar and new. I also expect it to be as much an extension of the iPhone OS product line as as it is a new product segment.

    The clean slate in engineering design means starting without any preconcieved ideas about what the final design should look like.  Rather then working from a laptop and shrinking to create a netbook or growing a cell phone to some larger design you build a device based on the use cases and a form/function is derived from the problem you are trying to solve.  Of course slate was used as a writing tabllet so islate would become a tablet to the Internet.

         
  • Posted: 29 December 2009 12:01 PM #34

    Ray Kurzweil steps into the e-book/tablet gap. Read about Blio here.

         
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    Posted: 30 December 2009 04:31 PM #35

    The rumors keep flowing building the hype Via Fox News

    Following a Financial Times report that Apple has scheduled a special media event for January 26th in San Francisco, I’ve spoken to a source inside Apple who confirmed a “big” event for January.

    While nothing official has been handed down from the notoriously tight-lipped company, my source took the Financial Times report one step further by saying this event will focus on the mobility space, meaning we’ll see something related to the iPhone/Touch product line.

    Could this be the announcement of the mythical Apple tablet we’ve been hearing so much about? I’ve already picked it as my favorite gadget of 2009, even though the tablet doesn’t officially exist yet.

         
  • Posted: 31 December 2009 08:59 PM #36

    Daring Fireball has its take on the forthcoming Tablet HERE

    And I think they nailed it.

         
  • Posted: 02 January 2010 01:43 PM #37

    If this is the beginning of the end for paper mags, how will the dentist, doctor, or other service professional keep us amused in the waiting area?

    Probably a flat panel with National Geographic specials.

         
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    Posted: 02 January 2010 03:10 PM #38

    Mercel - 01 January 2010 12:59 AM

    Daring Fireball has its take on the forthcoming Tablet HERE

    And I think they nailed it.

    I think it was a good article but he missed a huge justification as to why one would buy one.  Someone pointed it out the Yahoo message boards.  The question of why someone who has an iPhone and a MacBook, would want a tablet may not be relevant.

    This is contrary to my position of a tablet that would cost a minimum of $1200.  But for the point of arguing, what happens if this Tablet is Apple’s answer to the netbooks and cheap laptops?  My friend who owns two iPhones just bought his wife a new HP laptop for $500.  Price was an issue.  So if Apple manages to come out with an amazing tablet that does simple tasks and has the ability to download one’s videos, music, and photos even from a PC, and do it for about $799 they might suddenly have a huge hit on their hands. Suddenly millions who don’t own iPhones or Macs will consider a Mac computer. grin

    So this device is not for the Apple folks but rather for everyone else.  Of course some of us will get one anyway. :-D

    [ Edited: 02 January 2010 03:15 PM by omacvi ]      
  • Posted: 02 January 2010 03:20 PM #39

    The article didn’t answer but asked the big question. What will the new device do and how will it do it, such that the laptop and iPhone need a new sibling to be a complete family?
    I can wait. We do that real well here.

         
  • Posted: 02 January 2010 03:42 PM #40

    As for the name most attempts have dealt with the form. I’m thinking more along the content delivery line. All we need is a name that reflects the delivery of knowledge, data, opinion, entertainment or diversion in print, audio, or HD video. You can do your own thesaurus search. I’m sure i’ve left out some big ones. And iForm is already out there as a company.

    [ Edited: 02 January 2010 03:59 PM by danthemason ]      
  • Posted: 02 January 2010 04:41 PM #41

    This is how I see iSlate fitting inside Apple’s product line-up by enumerating its benefits:

    1.  Run larger screen versions of over 100,000 iPhone apps.  Has anyone wished for a larger reader?  In color?  If you haven’t played with it yet, the App “Brushes” would be killer on iSlate—it’s not so killer on the iPhone.  Yet, a recent cover page of the New Yorker magazine was done on this app. The phone apps do NOT work on the Macs, and this has huge appeal to me.

    2.  Magazines, Newspapers, Books, et al on the iSlate.  I like reading these on flat surfaces, or leaned up against me, or otherwise propped at an angle.  This device will spur new rich content formatting that is facilitated by touch—you can’t do that with Macs.  Further, the iPhone screen is TOO SMALL for much of this.  The user experience will be better than reading on any Mac or iPhone.  Of course, it will be an excellent media player for everything iTunes offers—and more with a larger screen over the iPhone.  To say it’s a “Kindle-Killer” is to deny the potential of the iSlate.

    3.  Portability—The iSlate will be thin and light, surpassing the portability of the MacBook Air, not to mention the other MacBooks.  At 10” and around 2 lbs. (my guess) people will take this more places than they would any Mac.

    4.  Additional functionality by offering a full computing experience—I’m hopeful of it running regular applications with a virtual keyboard (or external one).  Of course, it’s going to have WiFi.  And possibly 3G—another advantage over the MacBooks. 

    There is LOTS of room in the Apple ecosystem for the iSlate.

    [ Edited: 02 January 2010 05:22 PM by ByeTMO ]      
  • Posted: 02 January 2010 05:19 PM #42

    The portability is a trade off for the smaller form. The laptop offers more real estate for presentation. Emulation of the Apps on an OSX machine would save a lot of glass and other silicon to overcome that small iPhone/Touch screen.

    I wonder though, how many years subscription to Popular Science would it take before they threw in a tablet?

         
  • Posted: 02 January 2010 06:14 PM #43

    I think that unlike the iPhone (and the next gen of the iPod Touch) the “slate” will not have a regular camera, but will have a front facing camera for video conferences. Not just Skype, but a richer than iChat technology, hopefully streaming through Apple’s server farm rather than AOL.

    I also assume the tablet will have a kickstand on the back that will tilt it to various angles for easier viewing or typing.

    While I don’t expect it to turn water into wine, I do expect it to turn credit cards into huge profits for Apple.

         
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    Posted: 04 January 2010 01:57 AM #44

    Mercel - 29 December 2009 05:54 AM

    I like iSlate.  It is a MASCULINE name.  Unlike the iPhone which is for girls…as per that hilarious article a couple weeks back making a comparison between the Droid and Apple’s iconic phone.

    Heck, why not just call it “iDude”!

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  • Posted: 04 January 2010 02:17 AM #45

    Alan A. - 04 January 2010 05:57 AM
    Mercel - 29 December 2009 05:54 AM

    I like iSlate.  It is a MASCULINE name.  Unlike the iPhone which is for girls…as per that hilarious article a couple weeks back making a comparison between the Droid and Apple’s iconic phone.

    Heck, why not just call it “iDude”!

    Why not call it iPod touch Pro?