The Apple Tablet

  • Posted: 04 January 2010 03:52 PM #46

    Tablet/eReader space gets more crowded. here


    Update: more pics and the specs here

    Note who’s bringing this to market. Not a hardware or even a computer company, but a newspaper chain.

    [ Edited: 04 January 2010 04:59 PM by willrob ]      
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    Posted: 04 January 2010 04:27 PM #47

    DawnTreader - 04 January 2010 06:17 AM

    ... Why not call it iPod touch Pro?

    Two reasons:

    a.  Too long.
    b.  Might be strategically wiser to market this product as a new category.

    Apple hardware brands:  Mac, iPhone, iPod, Airport, Xserve, Apple tongue laugh TV, Magic :bugeyed: Mouse

    So, may be Apple or Magic slate is good grin.  Slate is intended to be used at home.  It can magically transform into any remote controls, as a reader of news feeds, video conferencing your children overseas, keeping up with your friends via facebook, etc.  Is not suitable for viewing movies but if you must, it can do that too.  In future, slate can magically evolve into an iMac touch.

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  • Posted: 05 January 2010 03:34 AM #48

    My top pick for the name of the launch product is magic slate, with islate for the product category and supporting web elements.

    It’s a mistake to assume the product could be an instant revenue/earnings driver. Much more important to watch is the way matching content and services evolve. Initially those will be delivered mainly to PC’s iPhones and iPods, even if conceived for slate. We’re looking at a seedling, and its eventual size has little to do with how fast it grows in its first year, much more to do with how well it is nurtured and protected from damage.

         
  • Posted: 05 January 2010 04:25 AM #49

    sleepygeek - 05 January 2010 07:34 AM

    It’s a mistake to assume the product could be an instant revenue/earnings driver.

    I assume that at least 10 million tablets will be sold in 2010, at healthy Apple margins.  So how is it not an instant revenue/earnings driver?

         
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    Posted: 05 January 2010 06:37 AM #50

    Here is a good read by Mr Dilger at Roughly Drafted on the tablet and the possible pricing.

         
  • Posted: 05 January 2010 10:53 AM #51

    To be previewed at CES: How Students May Use a Tablet
    Kinda Cool, but not cool enough to make me wish I were back in School.

         
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    Posted: 05 January 2010 12:14 PM #52

    Found this on the comments section of an Apple article.  Thought is was interesting, if not for an actual UI, then for a great 3rd party app, or cool party trick.  :wink:

    What if Apple were to combine a forward facing webcam with facial recognition technology (like in iPhoto). The camera could sense when someone is looking at the screen, and then figure out where they are (like HP’s web cams do). Then using some sort of head-tracking system, it could simulate a 3D experience, like these researchers have done using a Wii remote.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jd3-eiid-Uw

    Not only could it be included on a tablet, but also supported on any of the iMacs or Macbooks with built in isight cameras.

         
  • Posted: 05 January 2010 12:35 PM #53

    Apple’s tablet to have 3D navigation system?

    Tue, 01/05/2010 - 7:35am ? Seth Weintraub

    We reported back in December that Apple had submitted some patents for 3D Operating System navigation.  It turns out that they’ve also been looking at 3d multi-touch as a way of navigating a multi-touch tablet/iPhone.  The Baltimore Sun (via PED) dug up a patent from last month (#20090303231, Dec. 10, 2009 to be exact) on just such an idea.

    The device supports a variety of applications, such as one or more of the following: a game application, a telephone application, a video conferencing application, an e-mail application, an instant messaging application, a blogging application, a photo management application, a digital camera application, a digital video camera application, a web browsing application, a digital music player application, and/or a digital video player application.

    If this patent comes to fruition, the next iPhone/iPod/tablet interface might be nothing like anything we’ve seen before, and it could perhaps explain why we’ve been hearing “new type of interaction” descriptions of the tablet.

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  • Posted: 05 January 2010 06:27 PM #54

    patents for 3D Operating System navigation.

    Maybe with a little work the FAA could use iPhones as part of their much needed updates to the air traffic control system.

         
  • Posted: 05 January 2010 11:59 PM #55

    Tablet will ‘definitely be on Verizon’, other mobile networks
    Tue, 01/05/2010 - 5:31pm ? Seth Weintraub

    According to Computerworld, the Apple tablet won’t be tied to AT&T exclusively.  It will be available on a variety of networks.  Verizon?  Definitely!

    “The tablet will be supported by multiple [mobile] carriers,” said Brian Marshall of Broadpoint AmTech, citing unnamed sources he said were close to the situation. “Verizon and others,” he continued. “Definitely Verizon. I’ve been told that’s a certainty.”

    That echos claims last year by Businessweek and others that were saying that “Apple was talking to Verizon about the tablet and iPhone lite”.

         
  • Posted: 06 January 2010 12:06 AM #56

    Microsoft, HP to introduce touchscreen tablet Wed. - report

    By AppleInsider Staff
    Published: 09:50 PM EST

    Previously seen only as a leaked concept, Microsoft and HP could unveil the dual-screen, book-like touchscreen device known as the Courier Wednesday at CES.

    According to The New York Times, Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer will introduce the device during his keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The hardware will be made by HP and is expected to be available for sale by mid 2010.

    The Times made mention of the Courier, first viewed as a concept last September, but did not say whether Ballmer’s purported new hardware would take that dual-screen form factor.

    If true, HP and Microsoft will join a number of manufacturers who hope to beat Apple to market with tablet-like devices. Apple is expected to host a media event on Jan. 27 to introduce new hardware, which is widely believed to include a 10-inch touchscreen multimedia device that will ship in March.

    The Times noted that a great deal of scrutiny will be placed on both Microsoft and HP if they do introduce new hardware, with Apple’s expected event looming just weeks away.

    “This product better be good,” the report said, “because Apple is expected to unveil its take on the slate/tablet form-factor later this month. If history holds, Apple will issue a product that surprises people in a few ways and that stands out from the crowd.”

    Officials with Microsoft and HP declined to comment on the rumor. However, it is expected that Ballmer will introduce hardware that will function as both a multimedia device and an e-reader with multi-touch capabilities.

    “It remains tough to tell where Microsoft?s work ends and H.P.?s begins on this type of product,” the report said. “But all eyes will be on Mr. Ballmer this week to see if Microsoft and HP and can out-Apple Apple before Apple Apples.”

    When it was leaked in September, the Courier was said to be a project under the eye of J Allard, Microsoft’s chief experience officer. The Microsoft prototype reportedly included Wi-Fi, an iPhone-like home button, a camera on its reverse side, and an inductive charging pad like the Touchstone for the Palm Pre.

    Concept pictures and video of the Courier showed two 7-inch screens held together by a hinge. The multi-touch screens were designed for writing, and could be controlled with either a stylus or fingers.

    In addition to pushing the notion of the tablet PC for years, Microsoft has been behind another touch-centric device called Surface. Revealed two and a half years ago, the costly technology has yet to see any widespread real world adoption.

    Another tablet concept already revealed this week came from Lenovo. Known as the IdeaPad U1 Hybrid, the laptop features a detachable resistive multitouch display that sports a separate Snapdragon processor and its own Linux operating system. When docked, with its keyboard base, the machine runs a traditional copy of Windows 7, and switches to its own “Skylight” operating system when disconnected.

    Though only a prototype at the moment, Engadget had a hands-on with the device and came away with relatively positive impressions.

    “When docked, the U1 looks and feels like any other snazzed-up laptop, with an Intel CULV processor and a 128GB SSD running Windows 7 Home Premium,” the report said. “You actually wouldn’t know there’s a slate hiding in there—until you pull it out and watch it switch to Lenovo’s Skylight UI, a process that was smooth and quick for us. Lenovo says the goal is for the full switch to occur in under 3 seconds, and the U1 delivered, as far as we could tell.”

         
  • Posted: 06 January 2010 07:31 PM #57

    This is clever

    [ Edited: 06 January 2010 07:36 PM by danthemason ]      
  • Posted: 06 January 2010 10:09 PM #58

    Is there a good reason that we don’t have an emulation program to run Apps in Snow Leopard? I mean if we can do windows…....

         
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    Posted: 06 January 2010 10:17 PM #59

    danthemason - 06 January 2010 11:31 PM

    This is clever

    looks very cool except impossible.  the groves in the glass would make the screen awful.

    I do picture something that is so amazing you will want to take it with you everywhere.

    It would be the ultimate trip companion.  GPS and videos for long road trips.  A extension of AppleTV so one can stream content into the TV and maybe even surf the web on TV.

    I think we will be blow away and wonder why we did not think of it when we see it.

         
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    Posted: 06 January 2010 10:29 PM #60

    omacvi - 07 January 2010 02:17 AM
    danthemason - 06 January 2010 11:31 PM

    This is clever

    looks very cool except impossible.  the groves in the glass would make the screen awful.

    I do picture something that is so amazing you will want to take it with you everywhere.

    It would be the ultimate trip companion.  GPS and videos for long road trips.  A extension of AppleTV so one can stream content into the TV and maybe even surf the web on TV.

    I think we will be blow away and wonder why we did not think of it when we see it.

    I hope you are right; I’m a little concerned that the hype and expectations—as usual—are setting us up for a hard fall.  Apple hasn’t been infallible in forecasting and creating our desires, but I think that in this case, they might just have their biggest triumph yet.  I think that many people are ready for a more entertainment-oriented machine than a laptop, and this might be the perfect approach.  That is, IF Apple has correctly done its homework and lined up industries and applications to support the machine.  They failed to do that with Apple TV.

    I remain excited, but a bit apprehensive.