Will we finally see an Apple ultra-portable PC in 2008?

Will we finally see an Apple ultra-portable PC in 2008?

Summary: Hmm, did James have some insider information on an Apple handheld computer or was he just being a good psychic? There have been rumors and dreams of an Apple ultra portable computer for years. I still have my Newton MessagePad 2100 and think my iPhone fills many of the roles I wanted in an Apple mobile device. According to the Apple Insider we may actually see this device come out in 2008. While this may just turn out to be another rumor that doesn't come about, with the iPhone and iPod Touch showing that multi-touch works well and more and more ultra-portable PCs hitting the market it may be a ripe time for Apple to lead the way into ultra mobility.

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Will we finally see an Apple ultra-portable PC in 2008Hmm, did James have some insider information on an Apple handheld computer or was he just being a good psychic? There have been rumors and dreams of an Apple ultra portable computer for years. I still have my Newton MessagePad 2100 and think my iPhone fills many of the roles I wanted in an Apple mobile device. According to the Apple Insider we may actually see this device come out in 2008. While this may just turn out to be another rumor that doesn't come about, with the iPhone and iPod Touch showing that multi-touch works well and more and more ultra-portable PCs hitting the market it may be a ripe time for Apple to lead the way into ultra mobility.

The rumored device that engineers are supposedly working on may use an embedded OS X operating system with a display resolution of 720x480 and be about 1.5 times the size of the iPhone/iPod Touch. I think if Jobs is planning to roll something this major out in 2008 then we should see it revealed at MacWorld in January.

Topics: Hardware, Apple, CXO, iPhone, Mobility, Operating Systems, Software

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  • Bring it on baby!

    If you think Apple is a cult, you should meet the cult within the cult, the 12-in
    PowerBook users group. We've been clamoring for a replacement to the 12-in ever
    since Apple discontinued it over a year ago.

    The iPhone already has taken over about a third of my laptop's duties, now with a
    sub-notebook computer, my mobility will just get lighter and more productive.
    YinToYourYang-22527499
  • The murderer is excused since he made up for it with a baby

    The 1997 sell-out agreement that Jobs signed with Dollar Bill stipulated (secretly) that Apple give up on Newton and concede the market to M$. I've only heard of this happening ONCE - a spin-off company SPUN BACK IN (and then suffocated). The Newton never had a chance to make it on its own. A new baby (handheld device) doesn't make up for murder.
    Roger Ramjet
    • Huh? Didn't the Newton die in '94 or '95? Two years before the bribe? (NT)

      NT
      nomoremicrosoft
      • Nope

        The original Newtons were battery eaters. You could get by pretty well with a spare battery pack (most MP120s and 130s were used this way). 1997 brought on the MP2000, MP2100 and the eMate. All of these products were excellent. This is how MIPS got involved in ultra-low power designs, as the MP2k handhelds used the StrongARM chip. Jobs hated the Newton from the begining and wasted no time in spinning it off - OOOPS I mean spinning it off and then SPINNING IT BACK! The Newton Company existed for maybe a week or two before Apple pulled the plug. And I thought that the reason for a spinoff was to create a new company that wasn't beholden to the original. I guess beholden won.
        Roger Ramjet
  • More FUD from Apple...

    Here we go, Apple throwing FUD around to try and corner markets with vapor-ware. Microsoft never does this. Microsoft talks about products that are READILY available and can be deployed immediately. Who needs Apple for an ultra-portable device anyway? I have Dell Axims all over the place here. We gave them out to people last year. People said they really enjoyed them. They must have all realized they were not worthy of these Axims because they all turned them back in to me 2 days after I gave them out. My rep and I re-packaged them and will give them out again this year in lieu of Christmas bonuses. As my rep says: "A VERY MERRY Christmas it will be, with Pocket PC!"
    Mike Cox
    • The market place will tell the story

      Just like your folks gave back the Axims, the market place will make the decision and neither you nor I will have much influence there... so chill, man, chill... nrk
      nrkmann@...
    • GRAND FUD-DADDY

      You OUT-FUD the best of them.
      YinToYourYang-22527499
    • You lost?

      Mikey, I didn't know you were now frequenting the Apple topic discussions now-- been a slow MS news day, eh?

      Now be a good boy-- put the mouse down and walk away slowly,
      and GO TAKE YOUR MEDS!
      Mike Cox, Sr.
      • How lame

        Get a life of your own
        Prognosticator
    • i agree - apple sucks anyway

      and nobody else is all that good either.
      not of this world
    • You are such a loser...

      ...
      ItsTheBottomLine
    • They gave the Dull Axims Back

      They gave the Dull Axims Back cause they're CRAP!
      johnpall@...
    • 4.5

      Mike, this is below par.
      I did like the not worthy line tho'
      timpin1@...
  • RE: Will we finally see an Apple ultra-portable PC in 2008?

    ....I admit, the computers I use at home are (the one's I own up to) are linux-powered PCs. I will, however, come out now....I'm a closet mac user too. [I actually use a Powerbook 1400 and a tray-loading iMac G3. Also my PDA is a Palm Tungsten...but that's another issue.]

    I remeber when the Newton came out and thought it was cool.....not ready for prime time, but cool. I had a couple Tandy Pocket PCs (a Model II and a IV) so I hoped that Newton would have some functionality. I suppose it never made it that far.

    From what I've seen of the Touch, a little more OS horsepower for productivity apps, a wireless keyboard (a la Palm) and cross-platform synching (I know better, but I can dream...) they don't have far to go. And now would be a good time since Palm is having so many problems.

    Keep us posted, Matt
    nwoodson@...
  • Why not just Apple brand the Toshiba R500

    A perfect MacBook in 900 grams.
    MattiasW
  • I just want organizer features like the Newton had

    I like the idea of a smartphone. I just wish they'd
    uncripple the iPhone. And give it a collapsible outliner,
    like the insanely great Newton Notes
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Newton#Notes
    (screenshot & description). Nothing could be better,
    especially on a small screen, for organizing thoughts,
    priorities, sub-tasks, etc.
    jayk_z
  • Next Palm?

    Intel PDC just provided Intel's intent to produce a mobile processor to compete with the ARM (the de-facto standard in mobile computing apps).

    Apple, Intel, Mobile? Could be sweet...

    Apple: Please, no walled gardens. Look at the Palm and all they did right with developers over the years.

    Palm is a useful mobile platform with multiples of >10K user apps and the ability to easily craft your own veritcal apps as required.

    Palm emulator?
    tmccorm
  • RE: Will we finally see an Apple ultra-portable PC in 2008?

    First company to come out with a Wifi-plus-cell-network, 640x320, Flash- and Java-enabled browser with touchscreen will have my vote, loyalty, and dollars.
    geedavey@...