Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st Jan 2008 21:58 UTC, submitted by Adam S
Apple Engadget reports: "First unveiled nearly a year ago at Macworld 2007, the MacBook-based, Wacom-modified Modbook has definitely seen its share of delays, although in the days and months since, the 13.3-inch slate has gained the distinction of being one of the few pieces of non-Cupertino, Apple-approved hardware. The world's first OS X tablet can be yours immediately starting at USD 2290."
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Interesting
by MissinBeOS on Wed 2nd Jan 2008 15:56 UTC
MissinBeOS
Member since:
2006-10-20

Ok, color me a conspiracy nut, but ... wouldn't this be interesting if the only reason this is "Apple Approved" was that Apple wanted to see what kind of reaction the marketplace would have to one? It doesn't cost them a penny in development or production or advertising; heck, it might not have even required much in the way of tech support by them.

If this thing sells in any kind of numbers, Apple could see what people like, don't like, etc., then come swooping in for the corporate "coup de tat" (sorry, sp?) with their own, improved, slick, etc., etc. "Official" version.

Regardless, this looks like a very nice Tablet ... I wonder how many levels of pressure-sensitivity it has, or if it supports tilt like higher-end Wacom tablets?

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RE: Interesting
by LobalSurgery on Wed 2nd Jan 2008 20:53 in reply to "Interesting"
LobalSurgery Member since:
2006-09-07

I'm sure Apple will watch to see how successful an OS X tablet will be, but I wouldn't read too much into it from the clone aspect.

They already tried the clone thing about 10 years ago, it was a huge flop from Apple's persective because the clone makers (Power Computing, Motorola, etc.) were able to undercut Apple's pricing. In the end, they took sales away from Apple rather than PC manufacturers and it didn't grow the Mac OS user base.

What I (and many others here) would like to see is the upgradeable mid-range Mac tower between the iMac and the Pro tower - maybe in the ~$1000 range. It may cannibalize some sales from the other desktops, but I like to think it would attract a lot of first-time buyers as well. It's ridiculous that it costs $2000+ to get a Mac with a replaceable video card.

The Modbook has 512 levels of pressure-sensitivity, here's a couple links (all the links in the Engadget article just go to other Engadget articles without any real information):

http://www.axiotron.com/index.php?id=modbook

https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/Modbook

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RE: Interesting
by snozzberry on Thu 3rd Jan 2008 17:04 in reply to "Interesting"
snozzberry Member since:
2005-11-14

Apple's always been open-minded to other people doing their R&D for them.

Games and video on iPods was something Jobs didn't think people needed, and then the iPodLinux project proved the hardware was equal to those tasks. Suddenly, we had video iPods with games downloadable from iTMS.

There's a reasonably strong consensus that Apple combs MacRumors and the like for plausible ideas and goes with them, the iPhone being the most notable example.

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