Tablets

The Apple Tablet PC is real

Folks over at Asus have confirmed that they are helping Apple build a Tablet PC. This rings true, because Asus is one of Apple's contract manufacturer for gizmos such as iBooks and PowerBooks.

Folks over at Asus have confirmed that they are helping Apple build a Tablet PC. This rings true, because Asus is one of Apple's contract manufacturer for gizmos such as iBooks and PowerBooks.

Excerpt from CNET Crave:

We checked back with our source at Asus on a different day and they confirmed that the Apple Tablet will not be based on existing Asus designs such as the R1. It will come from a completely new blueprint, possibly based on the patent Apple filed back in May 2005. We're guessing it'll be based on Intel Core architecture, a tweaked version of Leopard, and have all the multi-touch, CoverFlow goodness we've seen in the iPhone and iPod touch.

Unfortunately, there is no information at this moment pertaining to expected availability, or even what the final specs will look like.

Will Apple be able to turn the Tablet PC into a success when others have failed?

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

8 comments
Vulpinemac
Vulpinemac

Make it about the size of a trade paperback book (about 7x9 inches) and it would be the perfect size for almost all portable computing purposes. At this size it would be convenient for note-taking as well as being able to easily read ebooks and view videos along with everything else a PDA is used for. This size would also serve very well in the medical, industrial and corporate fields, effectively replacing all the paper documentation currently still used by these professionals.

jalexmason
jalexmason

90% of apple's business is built on the creative designer and the educational markets. I would expect that they would cater to these folks at first before really pursuing corporate customer for general business.

Vulpinemac
Vulpinemac

The Newton was not aimed at creative designers or educational fields. In fact, it was aimed at the corporate and medical fields and lauded as the first practical PDA. Unfortunately, it came far ahead of the market and ended up as a failure due to Apple not supporting it any longer... just about the time the first Palm Pilots came out. The iMac wasn't aimed at the designer or educational market; it was aimed at the consumer, where it managed to turn around Apple's sliding sales. The iPod was not aimed at designer or educational markets; again it was aimed at the consumer, where it managed to accelerate Apple's lead in consumer technology. The iPhone is not aimed at designer or educational markets; yet again the consumer benefits as it revolutionizes the Cellular handset industry (just look at how many lookalikes are on the market now.) Tablet computers currently are heavy, bulky and hard to use due to an inefficient operating system and poor design. They are nothing but conventional laptop computers with modified lid. What is needed is a purpose-designed tablet that is compact without being too small, lightweight without being overly restricted in capability and above all, easy to use. Apple has proven that it can manufacture devices that excel in an already existing market; to the extent of blasting open the perceived niche in every case. I'll grant that not every Apple product ever produced was a winner, but when it is, it goes far beyond the established limits.

Fregeus
Fregeus

Weight was the biggest issue i saw on many tries I participated in. A 5 or 6 pound tablet is just not convinient.

paulmah
paulmah

Will Apple be able to turn the Tablet PC into a success when others have failed?

Jshee42
Jshee42

the only reason it'll take off is b/c 'It Looks cool' and it has the Apple name on it. This might be the thing that get's tablets in mainstream. Having dealt with them for a bit at my work, i think that they were doomed to failure right from the start.

Vulpinemac
Vulpinemac

Honestly, that's not the only reason Apple computers have done as well as they have. Just look at recent history. Before 1998 nearly all desktop computers, Apple's included, were basically beige boxes with lots of holes in the front sitting either on or beside the desk and an external CRT monitor sitting usually on the nearest corner; in other words, ugly and utilitarian. Apple introduced the iMac which put the entire machine, including the display, into a stylish monitor-sized case that sat on the desktop and actually took up less space than its predecessors. For the home this was a welcome change that started Apple back on the road to recovery. Move ahead about 4 years and the iMac gets a new look (the Daisy iMac inspired by Pixar's "Luxo Jr." video short) and Apple introduces the iPod, now competing with Sony and other manufacturers for the MP3 music business. Because of its ease of use and graphical display, the iPod quickly surpassed all competition in sales; not because it "looked cool" but because it really worked as easily as advertised. Meanwhile, Apple's design influence triggered changes in its competitors' lineup, Dell, HP and others trying to turn their beige boxes into something more esthetically pleasing; but not really changing their form factors. All this while, Apple had its top-of-the-line Macs in a stylish but [i]quiet[/i] plastic and aluminum case for corporate use in the enterprise. However, it was also around this time that Apple introduced OS X, making the Apple the first factory-built Unix-based desktop computer. Advance to the current day. Now we have iMacs with larger displays taking up less desktop space than the old PCs. The iPod holds the lion's share of the portable music market and now the iPhone has revolutionized the cell phone industry. Again, everybody is attempting to play catch up and technology is moving forward. If Apple's tablet PC is what I think it will be, then the PDA market, now owned by the Palm OS and Windows Mobile (or whatever it is called) will be overturned, creating a new revolution in a stagnant market; something Apple has been doing now for 10 years.

bigray1nixon
bigray1nixon

The Tablet Pc market is still growning! Apple is taking to long to come up with one.