mac tablet - what are the chances?

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  1. gui3

    gui3 all the dude ever wanted was his rug back

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    in 2003 i saw a story about the "likelihood of a mac tablet" posted on macrumors.

    all these years later, and again there are a few rumors going around about a multitouch mac tablet. the axiotron modbook is a cool concept, but it's too big, too expensive, and has no hardware keyboard. not workable for me.

    at this point i'm considering doing a hackintosh (yes, even buying another leopard license) on an IBM x61.

    whatchu think? is there actually a chance this year?
     
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    I can't see them releasing something similar to the current tablets, but running OSX. More likely to be a tablet sub-notebook or something we have not seen before. The type of user that windows tablets are marketed towards are generally the ones Apple shuns.
     
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    i have a windows tablet and never use the tablet functionality. tablets suck, period.

    why does everyone keep asking for an apple tablet?
     
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    agreed.

    i can see tablets being used for hospitals and restaurant types (commercial applications)

    i just dont see any practicality in them.
     
  5. gui3

    gui3 all the dude ever wanted was his rug back

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    depends on the industry you're in.

    obviously, those in graphic design who use Wacoms with their macs would benefit.

    for me - i'm a lawyer. i take notes in court, but i can't bring my friggin' macbook pro. it's too big, too heavy, and having a screen up (especially with the glowing apple) is bad to have at a podium and worse at the counsel table (spectators and lawyers behind you may see your screen.

    ive been planning to get a tablet for a while - if it was usable, it would be great in court and during my usual note-taking (like scanning all my case files in)...but there hasn't been a mac tablet.

    if the general feeling is that it won't happen, maybe i'll just get an X61 and do the hackity hack
     
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    jackjohnson simple as something nobody knows OT Supporter

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    I think it's pretty slim. it's a niche market and even though I'd be part of it (I do graphic design) there really isn't much use for one.

    A tablet laptop- I don't think any serious graphic designer has ever needed one. There are a few people here and there like students, etc. but overall it's not something they could really market for everyone.

    If they release something like a cintiq:
    [​IMG]

    It would just cost too damn much and wacom already has it down.

    I just have a feeling my wacom will be my solution for a very long time. and I just got my hands on a smaller wacom intuos for free today (now I just need that mbp :hs: )

    IMO I don't think they'll do a tablet, I'm guessing it would be something along the lines of microsoft's touch thing.... Something more interactive and futuristic than a plain ole tablet. they didn't give you a pen with the iphone I doubt they'll incorporate one into their desktops/laptops.
     
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    gui3 all the dude ever wanted was his rug back

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    somehow i can't picture an apple computer coming with some kind of rotating latch in the middle, but i think it would be cool.

    i can't imagine they'd do a full multitouch thing with glass like the iphone - the fingerprint stuff would be unbearable and, if i'm honest, pointless.

    since they gave Axiotron special status, i can't imagine they'll do that type of form factor unless it was selling like hotcakes, which it isn't, and it doesn't have a keyboard anyway.

    i guess we have our answer.
     
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