I have a hard time believing Apple is going to be releasing a 12" tablet for $599 or less but if they DO launch it for that price I'll be buying one. Don't have anything really portable in my arsenal (cell phones don't count) and this would seem to fit the bill nicely. Browse the web with finger input on the couch, watch videos, listen to music, or hook it up to a bluetooth keyboard/mouse and treat it like a regular netbook.
The "everything killer", however, sounds absolutely ridiculous. Really? Everything? They are using the word everything? As in it's a gaming laptop killer as well? Come on.
These people seem to think it will be a phone carrier supported device. Which I hope it is not. I have always wanted a mac tablet. But to be a notebook replacement. As I would prefer to hand write notes or letters rather than type them in.
The biggest advantage of a tablet to me is to be able to stand and write which is impossiple on a notebook computer without a surface to set it on. Which is useless if you are walking around taking notes. Say at a store or a jobsite.
As for portable internet it is neat but I do not need it. And would not buy such a device from any company were I am stuck paying a monthly fee for internet.
Though if it is heavily discounted by carriers. I would probably just look at the discounted price plus the cancelling contract fee to see if that total is worth it for the iTab.
I like how apple still advertises under-powered graphics cards but tries to explain how they have great resolution and color, like that hasn't been the case since the late 90's. Stupid people eat that crap up though don't thay?
[citation][nom]TwoDigital[/nom]Again... these things have been available for YEARS and they're pretty neat (if you like Macs.)http://www.axiotron.com/index.php?id=modbook[/citation]
Except Axiotron is ridiculously expensive. The cheapest tablet on there is $1650 which is almost three times the "estimated" Apple tablet price. Even if you provide your own Macbook the modding service alone costs $700. Way too expensive.
First off, fuck CNN, honestly. Ok, got that out of the way. And once again, Apple are being the self-centered egotistical company we all hate and love. If this report is true, I won't lie, I would definitely be interested. It's essentially a combination of many, many technologies that already exist, but that are configured in a matter that can do most everything an iPod touch can (assuming this can't make phone calls) and more, and with a much bigger and prettier screen.
Oh, and if it's integrated graphics and anything less than a 2GHz dual core, forget about it. Anything under that is NOT worth $600...oh wait, nevermind, it's Apple, so I really won't be surprised if I end up getting ripped off.
Wow... all this build up reminds me of the Segway. All that build up for something that only a few people will care about or use. I love Macs, I own four plus a slew of ipods and an iphone, however I have no plans of buying this thing, partly out of annoyance at everyone acting like this is the second coming.
I have had my HP Pavilion tx2500z for over a year. A great ultraportable and the screen swivels down so it can be used as a tablet PC. Took all my notes in college last year in OneNote. It was the best investment I made that year. My only regret was that I didn't do it earlier, since that was my last year in college.
I think this device will be huge for the music industry. There are already instruments like synths that use visual interface for designing sound. Custom layouts for parameter grids. Manipulation of any control configuration you could possibly imagine. The possibilities are endless.
Until I see the video, I'm going to say fake. I don't see or read anything about the kid being dragged around Walmart. And if it is real, the two guys must be retarded. That news segment from the video on the link was equally retarded. I guess local news stations suck no matter where you live. Getting reactions from stupid moms saying they're so scared and that they have young children. Yeah, because there's going to be a huge rash of console related crimes. Maybe your six year old will get kidnapped and forced to buy a PS3. Or are they that stupid and sheltered to believe that crime doesn't exist where they live?