The rumors about the mythical Apple Tablet are swirling around at such a rapid pace that my head is swimming. Depending on where you turn, this non-device has a 7-inch touchscreen, a 10-inch screen, a tempered glass screen, a multitouch screen, or even a screen that […]


The rumors about the mythical Apple Tablet are swirling around at such a rapid pace that my head is swimming. Depending on where you turn, this non-device has a 7-inch touchscreen, a 10-inch screen, a tempered glass screen, a multitouch screen, or even a screen that morphs into a keyboard. Give me a break! It doesn’t exist yet, and the number of people who say the Apple Tablet has a certain feature doesn’t make it so!

Let’s take this approach — what would you like to see Apple put in the Tablet? What features would you find worthy of capturing your dollars? What OS? What apps? Tell us what you want, not what you heard would be there. Add what you’d do with such a beast if it really existed, and it contained the magic features you desire. You’re the ones who are going to buy them, so make your voice heard. Don’t just sit back and take whatever Apple is willing to dole out. Oh yeah, that’s how Apple normally works, isn’t it?

Note: No Apple Tablets were harmed during the production of this post.

  1. My #1 requirement for the Apple Tablet: the ability to use Google Reader! And it better be fully compatible with the iPhone apps store too. 3G or 4G would also be quite nice.

    I plan to use the Tablet as my primary device for e-reading on the go. I’d also like to distribute free music apps through the app store so I can reach a new audience. Success in music business 2.0 necessitates becoming intimate buddies with the social media, new media, and techie crowds (they’re the ones downloading and buying the most music) and the Tablet would be a great way to facilitate that process.

    Plus, all the cool kids are gonna have it. If my guesstimations are correct then a large percentage of the early adopters of advanced mobile devices are gen-Y hippies. That is precisely the audience I’m trying to reach so let’s hope that Apple delivers on its (non-) promises.

    Dexter Bryant Jr.

  2. I want a smaller device, 10″ max, although 8″ or 9″ would be better.

    A specialized OS, so that the apps for it are designed for it. Ultimately, this is what I think ruined the Windows Tablet PCs.

    Apps I want
    -Evernote, with offline support
    -Exchange support for calendar, tasks, contacts, and mail
    -Iliumsoft eWallet (or another password wallet with Mac OS, Windows, Windows Mobile, and this support)
    -Read plus annotate for Office files, PDF, etc.
    -eReader, nook, and Kindle apps

  3. (modification of what I posted as my Android tablet wish-list)

    # tablet format (slate; but I’d also strongly consider a convertible tablet/swivel screen netbook type format)
    # 9″ or 10″ PixelQi type hybrid touch-screen display (multi-touch would be nice, but not required) 1024×600 or 1280×720/1280×768/1280×800 resolution, both finger and stylus friendly … I go back and forth on whether I’d prefer it to be a 9″ or 10″ display — each has some advantages, but 7″ is definitely too small, and 11″ or 12″ is definitely too big;
    # 2 or more USB host/otg ports (keyboard, mouse, storage, networking, modems);
    # 1 miniUSB client (charging/syncing) port;
    # Apple mini Display Port output;
    # external display resolutions for 1024×600, 1024×768, 1280×720, 1280×768, 1280×800, and 1280×1024;
    # at least 1 SDHC card slot;
    # option for at least 1GB RAM, pref. 2 (512MB, 1GB, 2GB sound like good options);
    # SSD/HDD storage options that go at least as high as 16GB or 32GB (for SSD)
    # LOTS of battery life;
    # Wifi (at last b and g; with WEP, WPA, and WPA2 (personal and enterprise), and Bluetooth (at least HID, DUN, PAN, FTP, BIP, and A2DP);
    # a real desktop web browser that doesn’t do the mobile versions of Google Apps, has full Ajax, and can do flash;
    # 3.5mm stereo headphone jack;
    # PDF, nook, Kindle, B&N, and open e-book formats, with on-screen annotations;
    # Mac OS X, not iPhone OS X. Or, a third OS X flavor that has the flexibility and open-ness of Mac OS X (install apps from outside of the iTunes store, things like that), but the finger-friendliness of iPhone OS X. Bonus if it can actually run Mac OS X apps, but if they go with an ARM cpu, it’s acceptable to not have that capability.
    # Minimum bevel around the screen, flush with the screen, and as thin as can be reasonably done (doesn’t have to be as thin as a Kindle … perhaps comparable to a MacBook Air);
    # Compatible with/clients for Hulu, Netflix streaming, Pandora, and Rhapsody;
    # Bonus if I can easily export Tivo content to it, to watch on the road;
    # Option for internal 3G data (don’t need voice nor SMS/MMS, like the Alex can do);
    # If it can do 3G data, it should be able to act as a Wifi Access Point (like a Mifi);
    # Able to use ssh/terminal with 80×24 characters AND a portrait mode virtual keyboard on the screen at the same time; ssh has to have port forwarding; and
    # VNC client that is able to integrate with ssh port tunneling, and VNC passwords.

    1. And, of course, that’s in addition to all of the media capabilities that Macs and iPods have already (music and video formats).

      Oh, and, it should be able to act as a stand-alone device (no need to sync to a Mac nor PC). Just like a Windows or Linux tablet/netbook.

  4. without question, the #1 key app/feature would be a deal with a mobile provider to allow MULTI-SIM HSDPA/GPRS/4G with same number and a second phone. I want universality in my comms going forward.

    OLED would be nice, but at this stage would make it too much $$, prolly version 2.0.

  5. Honestly, my wants for it depend on what the intended purpose was. Assuming a simple internet/multimedia machine that’s rumored to cost nearly as much as a macbook:
    -8.9″/10″ high resolution screen, multitouch w/ haptic feedback
    -high end ARM + nvidia tegra on modified leopard/snow leopard + good sound chip
    -HDMI out
    -24 hour battery life (benefit of ARM)
    -USB ports+SD card slot
    -IR sensor to use remote with

  6. I’d like a Pixel Qi panel with capacitive multi touch and silastic coated Gorilla Glass. (SurePress on Storm and Storm 2 have burned me out on quirky touch tricks)

    I’d like it to have a Gobi inspired radio that would let it do Sprint/Verizon/T-Mobile/AT&T voice and data. Voice would be handled via wired or Bluetooth headset and it would have a nice loud and clear full duplex speaker phone capability that could also be used for voice navigation and recognition (for input in quiet areas). Failing that I’d settle for the radio being on something akin to a Compact Flash card so I can buy the unit and slide in the needed card/SIM for the service provider of my choice.

    I’d like it to have a vibrator for alerts (you have a new text message) and a rumbler for games.

    I’d like the Wifi to support 5Ghz (Comcast has sold entirely too many 2.4Ghz access points in my building).

    Mag-safe dock connector.

    Comes with a unified inbox email app.

    One corner will have a texture to it so I can hold the unit by the other corner and reach around with it to scratch my back. :-)

  7. Web Surfing
    Inking – Note Taking
    Document reading – PDF, Doc, Exel, Powerpoint, etc
    Video viewing
    Photo viewing
    ereader – Kindle
    Music playback
    sync to desktop
    exchange sync
    some kind of removable flash storage – I don’t care what it is, just let me add more storage
    The ability to act as a mass storabe device

    Wirelss broadband would be nice, but not needed
    I don’t care what the OS is as long as it is low maintainence

  8. While I love my Samsung NC10, I would really like a light-weight device (perhaps the size of an enlarged iPod Touch) with a hard drive and a USB port so I could transfer digital images from a memory card in a card reader, and to a USB-powered hard drive. I do not like to carry more equipment than necessary when traveling, but photos should always be backed unless you wish to carry a large number of memory cards. If the device allowed me to view the images, and also offered Wi-Fi and/or 3G for convenience, so much the better.


  9. all of the above, plus the ability to tether to the iphone for FREE!

    Also array mics, and voice recognition, I’d love to be able to write a book without typing!

  10. I am looking for a 10.1 inch Organic LED display with a slide-out keyboard that has gamepad left/right interface. I want this device to be my eReader and all-around content consumer but the thing that will put it over-the-top is the awesome gaming environment it provides. It should become THE mobile gaming device and rightly kick the DS and PSP to the curb for good. Go Apple. SDHC and USB 3.0 and 5MP camera that support 1080p HD Video. Yes, that’s the ticket folks.

    Also, a nice touch would be for Obama gubmint stimulus package to purchase 300 million of these and distribute them free to all Americans thereby creating more jobs and more edumacated citizens and standardize the way we vote and interact with local, city, state and federal gubmints.


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