Apple's tablet in time for Christmas?

Apple's tablet in time for Christmas?

Summary: That long rumored Apple tablet may land in time for the holidays.The Financial Times appears to have confirmed an Apple Insider report fleshing out many of the details of the Mac tablet.

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That long rumored Apple tablet may land in time for the holidays.

The Financial Times appears to have confirmed an Apple Insider report fleshing out many of the details of the Mac tablet. The report sparked a lot of comment.

Now the Financial Times reports the following:

Apple is separately racing to offer a portable, full-featured, tablet-sized computer in time for the Christmas shopping season, in what the entertainment industry hopes will be a new revolution.

The Financial Times report is primarily focused on Apple's sometimes tense dealings with the music industry. In a nutshell, Apple is working with the industry to create interactive booklets to spur sales of entire CDs. Good luck with that one. While interactive music features on a tablet would be nice it's not likely to alter consumer behavior, which revolves around buying singles not albums. The Mac tablet's real appeal may be for watching movies.

A few thoughts on the Mac tablet:

  • If the device is full featured computer the pricing should be interesting. The Mac tablet will be more than a netbook, but arguably less than a laptop. Guesstimate: $800.
  • Will there be a separate App Store area for the tablet? Those iPhone and iPod touch apps won't look so hot on a bigger screen.
  • A Mac tablet will shake up the e-book market. I already view this thus far fictional device as a potential Kindle replacement.
  • The Mac tablet combined with the launch of Windows 7 is good news for the tech economy. Apple may be trying to blunt the Windows 7 buzz, but in the grand scheme of things this duo could provide a boost for the tech ecosystem.
  • Apple needs a name for this device. I nominate Newton.

Topics: Tablets, Apple, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility

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  • Why call it the NEWTON?

    X-Tablet or iTablet perhaps.
    AdventTech67
  • NEWTON!!

    Been and gone in the 1990's
    The 'G-Man.'
    • Of course. There is no tablet market

      This will be yet another Newton/Lisa/Apple TV iFlop.

      MP3 players and cell phones where mass market products before Apple, tablets are not.
      T1Oracle
      • History and the record.

        So it will be fun to see the excuses and disinformation fly if this
        proves to not be the case.

        Also, neither the Newton nor the Apple TV was a flop, in any sense of
        the word.
        The Newton was on the market for well nigh a decade, created the
        PDA market, and was only pulled when Jobs returned in order to focus
        on Apple's core business (pun NOT intended.) They were successful
        enough that numerous other companies made Newton OS
        compatibles. Its core technologies were used in a number of Apple
        products, including the iPod.
        The AppleTV, with an advertising budget of essentially zero, continues
        to triple sales year over year. All on a product they don't even invest
        much effort in promoting.
        Lastly, while the actual Lisa eventually succumbed, the two main
        reasons were:
        1) the development team was cannibalized by Jobs to fill out the
        macintosh project, and
        2) the introduction of that same macintosh.

        And for the record, MP3 players were most certainly NOT "mass
        market" prior to the iPod. (Unless by mass you mean, almost no one
        knowing what they were, knowing what an MP3 was, and Creative
        selling almost nothing.
        The cell phone comment was just dumb.
        SpiritusInMachina
  • NEWTON?

    Are you suggesting this device will fail hard like the
    Newton?

    My feeling is this will be MBA hardware with a touch
    screen on top. Which wouldn't be much of a stretch as
    far as innovation on Apple's part. But if the rumors
    have it out before the holiday, then I'm sure that's
    what we'll get.

    And while we're picking names; "MacTouch" Although
    it'd be nice if they broke their usual naming
    convention.
    odcchaz
    • MacTouch? No... iTouch :)

      Makes more sense given the mentality of the Mac Fanboys.
      mikefarinha
  • Keep Guessing

    I'll bet you're way off.
    yobtaf
  • RE: Apple's tablet in time for Christmas?

    It has potential but $800 still seems too high for what its rumored to do. The other info that would be nice is the size, I don't think a tablet will fit in your pocket but just how large is this thing going to be? Will it be easy to carry?
    Loverock Davidson
    • "Rumors" claim around...

      10" or so for screen size. So it won't be pocket size. But at the same time, it will be small enough to make toting it around easy.
      Stuka
  • iTouch

    ... with built-in 3G... just what every pervert will need for watching porn.

    iTouch... that would be classic.
    croberts
  • iBook

    ... you heard it here first.
    bannedfromzdnetagain
  • Microsoft already invented Tablet PC's...

    I have been using a Tablet PC for years running Windows XP, then Vista and now Windows7 (aka as the 7th Wonder of the World). I can truthfully say that this Tablet PC experience has been a true "Wow" for me and I think Apple is doomed to fail. Apple likes to think they create markets but in reality, they only create markets that Microsoft has already started. The iPod was a knockoff, the iPhone stole all its ideas from Window Mobile and OS X Leopard was a loser version of Vista.
    Mike Cox
    • iComedy

      your joking, right?
      bannedfromzdnetagain
    • No one has said Apple invented the tablet...

      nt
      SimonUK2
    • iPhone stole from Neonode, too.

      I think OS X was actually created in response to Windows NT 4, which had excellent stability, memory protection, multi-threading, etc. All of which the classic Mac OS lacked. Many 3D animators and video editors switched to NT at that time since it was so much better for high-end graphics work. OS X hasn't really changed much since then, save for some bug fixes and application bundling.

      The iPhone certainly stole a lot from Windows Mobile, but also the gestures and finger-sliding things came from the Neonode Windows CE device.
      AdamzP
      • NextStep in 1989... NT 4.0 in 1996...

        OS X was "invented" from there. BTW: NextStep had all those things you specified. By V 3.3, it ran on a large array of target platforms including PC hardware.
        Bruizer
      • OS X comes frpm NeXT OS

        Did you know that Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the
        World Wide Web, HTML, etc. used NeXT computer
        running BSD Unix, predecessor of OS X. And as you
        know, the modern Internet is THE computer invention.
        prof123
      • And in this continuing series of "Being Taken to School"

        iPhone interface came from Fingerworks, which was founded in 1998,
        later subsumed by Apple.
        Neonode was founded in 2001.
        SpiritusInMachina
  • If it was going to be full OS X...

    ...then there would be some kind of touch or stylus enhancements in OS X Snow Leopard. Are there? No? Inkwell is a joke compared to the Windows 7 Tablet PC features.

    Are iPhone apps designed to scale to larger screen resolutions? No?

    If this rumor is at all true, I'm betting it will be more like the original iPhone in the sense that you can't install 3rd party applications and it only has a small set of features. Maybe something that has a web browser and connects to an iTunes installation over WiFi.
    AdamzP
    • Summer School

      "If it was going to be full OS X...
      ... [sic] then there would be some kind of touch or stylus
      enhancements in OS X Snow Leopard. Are there? No? Inkwell is a joke
      compared to the Windows 7 Tablet PC features."

      First, whether Inkwell is a joke or not, its existence in OSX belies your
      original point. Besides which, since the iPhone OS is a subset of OSX,
      any iPhone interface components can be used inside a full fledges OSX
      implementation.
      "Are iPhone apps designed to scale to larger screen resolutions? No"

      Wrong. Apple's implementation of its Resolution Independence in OSX
      will allow apps to scale easily. For current apps to take advantage of it,
      it is a simple matter to add code and recompile.

      "If this rumor is at all true, I'm betting it will be more like the original
      iPhone in the sense that you can't install 3rd party applications and it
      only has a small set of features"

      First, on what basis do you make this claim? Certainly not on a factual
      one. And your assessment that the original iPhone had a "small set of
      features" is absurd. Certainly, if all it did was your proposed "web
      browser/iTunes satellite, there would be no reason for the product,
      since that is already done with the iPhone/iPod, and its form factor is
      superior for this limited purpose.

      Your point was rather without one.
      SpiritusInMachina