Linked by Cymro on Thu 21st Jan 2010 22:35 UTC
Apple It's the most hyped device of the moment, a device that nobody has laid eyes on without an NDA death-grip. While rumour and speculation escalate (sometimes giving way to apathy), little has leaked out of Cupertino. But nobody seems to be asking whether this tablet thing will be successful or not.
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I think it's a bit hard...
by thavith_osn on Thu 21st Jan 2010 23:47 UTC
thavith_osn
Member since:
2005-07-11

This is how I see it, based mainly on a lot of reading, but also some personal thoughts thrown in...

There will be two versions of it, a normal version and pro (which will have a nicer OLED screen and more memory).

You won't be able to attach a keyboard or mouse to it.
You won't be able to replace the battery
You won't be able to upgrade the memory

You will see a much improved iPhone UI
You will see a host of apps already for it (Apple and 3rd)
You will see a new XCode and IB for it
You will see a camera on the front for video conferencing etc...
You will see a much "richer" video editing app than the iPhone 3GS
You will most likely see iLife ported to this (certainly iTunes)
You will most likely see iWorks ported to this
You will most likely see a freehand painting application (it will be amazing)
You will see multitasking
You will see a much bigger AppStore (basically expanded to get subscriptions to magazines, newspapers, books, video, music etc.)
I'm wondering if iTunes will be integrated with this App Store, one place for everything, I guess it already is...
It will have portrait and landscape modes (der, but had to be said)
You will be able to hook it up to an external monitor/TV

It will make the current crop of tablets seems 20 years old...

It won't make your life any better, it won't save your marriage or cure cancer, nor will it tell us if God exists or nothing began everything, it won't stop you paying tax (though it might help you pay it)...

It might simplify your life a little or complicate it a lot...

The original versions will have faults, be overpriced (< $1000 for the "normal" version, "pro" version will be < $1500) and for some reason, irresistible.

The revolution will be streamed...

One last thing...
I think that Apple will transition it's desktop OS to this iPhone style UI over the next couple of years. If this is the case, it could be right up there with the change the Mac UI made in 84...
I think the iTablet (iPad/iSlate/iThingy) will be the way to get the UI right and see if people like it.

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RE: I think it's a bit hard...
by PLan on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 00:29 in reply to "I think it's a bit hard..."
PLan Member since:
2006-01-10

There will be two versions of it, a normal version and pro (which will have a nicer OLED screen and more memory).


Just to nitpick ... who is making relatively large OLED screens in the quantities, and at the prices, necessary for a mass market device ?

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red_devel Member since:
2006-03-30

"There will be two versions of it, a normal version and pro (which will have a nicer OLED screen and more memory).


Just to nitpick ... who is making relatively large OLED screens in the quantities, and at the prices, necessary for a mass market device ?
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Yeah! Seriously. Let me know I want to buy their stock!

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RE: I think it's a bit hard...
by Zifre on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 14:16 in reply to "I think it's a bit hard..."
Zifre Member since:
2009-10-04

You won't be able to attach a keyboard or mouse to it.
You won't be able to replace the battery
You won't be able to upgrade the memory

I know this is just personal speculation, but this is what I hate about Apple. They add stupid restrictions for no reason. None of these things would raise the price, and they would all increase the appeal (for people who aren't stupid).

The keyboard and mouse thing may not matter, depending on what the device is made for; I don't complain that the iPhone has no keyboard. But there is no way I would use iWork without a keyboard...

The memory thing really doesn't matter, as long as the default is big enough.

However, if they made a >$200 device with no way to replace the battery, they are just evil. My laptop for example needs the battery replaced every year or two. Currently, my battery lasts 30 seconds, so I really need to get a new one soon. If a $100 iPod doesn't have a battery, fine, the whole devices costs less than my laptop battery. But there is no way I'd pay $1000 every two years to replace a tablet.

In fact, I'd say it should be illegal to sell a device with no way to replace the battery. It is just a stupid way to get consumers to buy new hardware every few years. It is a huge waste of money and materials.

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Governa Member since:
2006-04-09

In fact, I'd say it should be illegal to sell a device with no way to replace the battery. It is just a stupid way to get consumers to buy new hardware every few years. It is a huge waste of money and materials.


Either you have fallen victim of FUD or you are trying to spread it on your own. Do you have any clue of what you are talking about? Jesus Christ mate, are you telling me you trash your iPod / iPhone / Macbook when the battery dies?? Just take the damn thing to an Apple store / reseller and pay for a battery replacement. You DON'T have to buy a new unit!

Please let me know where your trash can is...

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RE: I think it's a bit hard...
by LighthouseJ on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 16:45 in reply to "I think it's a bit hard..."
LighthouseJ Member since:
2009-06-18

I've been looking for a good tablet (an actual computer). I saw the one company turning MB's into slates and stuff, but the price tag was too high. I'm looking at other offerings, which have better, but not optimal prices.

In the end, making it be a big iPod Touch will be a big turn-off for me. The only way I'd consider it, is if it will have a normal Mac OS on it, like a Mac Book Air without the keyboard, then.

If Apple is just going to put the iPhone OS/UI/usability on it, then they shouldn't call it anything resembling an existing product type (a "slate" or "tablet") or they would be misrepresenting their product.

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