Apple Tablet appears?

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Reader David Chong just sent me this pic from umpc.cn:

Apple Tablet

Pretty good Photoshop job, if you ask me.  I can’t believe it’s real.  Here’s hoping, though.

-jk

26 Comments

Martin

Apple is releasing a tablet pc in october. This is a fact. get ready, y’all.

Michael

…immediately followed by JK’s comment:

“Pretty good Photoshop job, if you ask me. I can’t believe it’s real. Here’s hoping, though.”

Dorks: Did you even READ JK’s original posting or the many comments that followed after?

I don’t think anyone is drinking anything on this one. Even for something that is clearly a Photoshop hack-job, the amount of discussion generated based on the hope that Apple may even remotely be designing such a device is worth noting. It’s sending a message to Apple that tablet users are seriously interested in a tablet from them. Surely some of us remember the days when we were little when we’d draw pictures of cars or the like, in hopes of having one for real someday. Although much fancier, the underlying motivation is the same.Reality is born through imagination, and I for one enjoy all the creativity that has surrounded this.

Now, I for one would love to at least tryout a tablet from Apple. Would I buy it? Not necessarily. Am I an Apple Fanboy? Certainly not. Just because it’s from Apple doesn’t mean that their choice of design, features, software, etc. fits in with my specific needs and the way I work. I’d be willing to give it a fair chance, however and it would certainly give existing tablet manufactures some useful competition.

Dorks

Wow; someone photochops a powerbook, doesn’t even go through the trouble of re-arranging the ports on the thing, and everyone ooh’s and aah’s. This is the worst fake ever, and the headline here appears to gulp the KookAidâ„¢ with wreckless abandon.

Michael

Not sure why the attacks are necessary on someone’s blog. Anyway, I’ll put in my two cents on the tablet pc market. In addition to applications already mentioned, even a cursory goggle search shows that tablets fit well in education, both for students, as well as for faculty and administrators. I’ve used a tablet extensively as a student and a teacher and, given the choice, would do so again. My entire school is pushing tablet pc integration, in fact. The student case in particular is well-documented on sites like http://studenttabletpc.com.

Granted, the platform has its issues, which the tablet fan community readily and openly admits to and discusses. Simply put, it is a new way of interacting with the computer. Historically, I would wager that a very similar conversation took place (e.g., limited application, small marketshare) when the original laptops were introduced (as J.K. would say, when they weighed 30 lbs.). Today, laptops outsell desktops in most markets. In fact, a very similar conversation DID take place when the TV and the telephone were first introduced.

ArchiMark

Geez, what’s the big deal about posting about the ‘Apple Tablet’???

Obviously, it was clearly a fake and JK made it pretty clear that it was…

I’d love to see Apple do a TPC, but not holding my breath…

Unfortunately, everything I’ve seen and read since ol’ Stevo came back to Apple tells me it ain’t happenin’ while he’s around….

Remember it was ‘his Steveness’ that killed off the Newt and he said that as far as he was concerned, “computers had keyboards”…..

So it goes….

In the meantime, enjoying my UX90S…..

;-)

Aaron

Nick,

You need to do more research. There are 3 types of tablet pcs out there:
1. Convertables (the kind you mentioned). They look like regular laptops but can swivel the screen for tablet use.

2. Slates. These are just a screen, no keyboard at all. Or only via usb attachment.

3. Hybrids. These are a slate that has an attachable kb. But what sets them apart from the slates is that the keyboard, when attached, can fit into the form factor of the slate somehow, or acts as a screen protector for traveling, etc.

As for your comment on wanting a small slate tablet, you need to look at Motion Computing’s LS800:

http://www.motioncomputing.com/products/tablet_pc_ls.asp

jk

Thanks BobR. I agree, the sharing of information is what makes this all worth-while to me and I am grateful for Frustrated Consumer’s pointing out the origin of that photo. It’s funny how the photo has just recently been posted to a couple of web sites as news, showing how desperate many people are for Apple to produce a tablet, already. :)

BobR

Just a quick comment on the story. I, like many, are fascinated by the Apple Tablet possibility so much that even rumors are fun. And I’d hate to miss out on the one rumor that ends up being true!

As far as JkOnTheRun, it’s funny that anyone would be jumping on them for journalistic weakness and “questionable” posts. They have established a reputation very quickly from the masses of blogs out there because they are strong in those very areas.

If you think about it, they are always cautious about claims, this article included. They present info in an informative manner with value added, and they consistently find topics that are interesting to a broad audience. And, in fact, despite the hard work to prepare the flow of news, it costs you nothing to read. Sounds like a great deal to me! ;-)

It was, however, neat to see Frustrated Consumer find a source for the picture. It’s a good thing when comments can sometimes be the best part of a blog entry!

jk

Tablet PC User- research what? I posted what I was provided, I stated I didn’t believe it was real. What more do you want?

Tablet PC User

“I don’t follow stuff like engadget’s Photoshop contest because they don’t interest me. I was emailed the link and photo by a reader just today and made it clear in my post that I didn’t believe it. I (like many others) would love to see Apple make a Tablet though.”

Doesn’t sound like good blogging / journalism to just post things without researching it. You can lead many people astray with that kind of thinking!

As for an apple tablet, meh! I would love to see gas prices below $1.00 a gallon!

Nick

In my view the reason that tablets have such a small market share is because they all get the form factor wrong. What I want is something like the Sony Reader, or maybe a big PDA, with an optional separate keyboard that attaches when you need it using a cable (or maybe Bluetooth) in the office for desktop-like use. Devices like CD/DVD drives etc could also connect using firewire or USB for when you need them, but the device should have a built-in SD card slot for quickly moving documents to it if you don’t want to use WiFi or ethernet.

All the tablets I’ve seen so far are really just notebooks that you can switch into a pseudo-tablet form factor, but still with all the weight and bulk of a notebook. No good at all for me, and not in the slightest bit appealing.

I want something that’s as close to a pad of paper as possible that I can take into meetings with all my documents and take some simple notes on when I need to – maybe annotating the documents as the meeting progresses. The documents should be displayed as close as possible to full-size on the screen to make them readable without scrolling.

If Apple can produce one of these then they’ve absolutely definitely got a purchaser in me. Even if it was a Windows device I’d be tempted, even though Windows is a total disaster area. UMPC is just too small for me – it reminds me of the Newton which was a failure IMHO because it also got the form-factor wrong.

Anton P. Nym

I like my UMPC, which certainly counts as a slate-form TabletPC. I can use the slate in situations where it’d be impossible to use a traditional clam-shell design. The slate form allows for a much smaller handful than a convertable tablet, and when on the move I don’t miss a keyboard at all. And when I am stationary, adding a keyboard is simple via USB or Bluetooth or docking port.

Still, the form-factor is not for everyone… none of them is. That’s why having a bunch of forms is GOOD, not bad, so everyone can choose the best fit for themselves from the smartphone -> PPC -> UMPC -> slate -> convertable -> clamshell -> desktop spectrum.

As to having Apple joining the tablet market, well, Apple as a company and as a product line leaves me cold (I think they’ve grown a bit complacent about their hardware quality and a bit too reliant on their marketing and case design to move product) but I do hope they release some sort of tablet computer eventually. If for no other reason, Jobs presenting an iPad at MacWorld would draw a lot of iFans to the form and that’d create some real press attention.

(And then hopefully Microsoft and OEMs would take notes on how to properly push the form. Apple does a good job on promotion, too.)

— Steve

Ken Court

Tablet PCs are perfect for Medical and Military situations. Also, with WiFi we are eventually going to have NetBoot and NetRestore via wireless. Imagine taking your tablet of a corporate campus and not being able to take your Home directory with you — its all on the server — but then being able to VPN in from home. Security is important.

Frank

Woof I guess Tablet PC’s cant spell check handwriting.. LOL..

James do you know what the TabletPC marketshare is? So quite honestly the TabletPC has become more of a niche market for enteprise/vertical apps only..

I have had two TabletPC’s and quite honestly they are more work than they are worth.. My 2 cents..

Woof Woof

That’s great Fabian. Maybe next you could work on your spelling and grammar…..

Fabian Dietrich

I am a Tablet PC user, and I won’t ever in my life go back to something not-tablet. Final. I use it in school, and not only has it gotten me way better grades, but I have finished things a lot earlier, was able to study a whole lot more effectively, and I have had it a lot easier and actually something like FUN learning. Anyone that tries a tablet can see fo themselves how valuable the extra finctionality is.

//F2theD

jk

Frank, you won’t find any piling on by me. Anyone who has followed my writings and podcasts can tell you that I firmly believe that there is no one tool right for everyone and each individual should choose the tool that fits the way they work. I responded to Joel because while I would never say that any gadget must be used by everyone I think it’s just as misguided to state that any device should never be used by anyone. As for the Tablet dying breed remark there have been record sales of Tablet PCs this year that flies in the face of that comment.

Tablet PC User- don’t be concerned about this post. I don’t follow stuff like engadget’s Photoshop contest because they don’t interest me. I was emailed the link and photo by a reader just today and made it clear in my post that I didn’t believe it. I (like many others) would love to see Apple make a Tablet though.

Tablet PC User

Joel,

Tablet PC users (just like apple, PSP and iPOD users) are a bit brainwashed. We all believe that what we have is the best…although the market-share says that we are a very small minority (except for the iPOD).

JK,

I’m getting concerned about your postings. Are you kidding when you just post this kind of stuff or is it just to get comments? Any person who visits Engadget.com would have seen that this was a photoshop contest (WWJD 3) that occurred 6 MONTHS ago! What are you doing JK!?!?!

~A concerned Tablet PC User~

Frank

Joel dont bother this will be a pile on since James is a TabletPC MVP so they aren’t going to back down. TabletPC’s are a dying breed..

jk

Joel, you are barking up the wrong tree. Many Tablet PCs have integrated keyboards for those who are pen shy. Handwriting recognition on current Tablet PCs is 90+% accurate, I don’t know where you are getting your information. Plus the added benefit of speech recognition built into every Tablet PC.

Attaching a keyboard to a slate Tablet PC is as simple as, oh, say plugging a USB one into the port. Or attaching one via Bluetooth. I would recommend you try one out before condemning the entire platform. Ask any Tablet owner if they would go back to a regular laptop.

joel

Why in God’s name would anyone want an Apple tablet?!
Or any tablet?!
Um, did you notice that tablets have no keyboards?
Just checking.
Then, how will you enter text?
With a stylus? Don’t you realize that handwriting is about five times slower than typing, plus that handwriting recognition has its limits?

Scotty

It is very easy to tell its fake: the iTablet won’t have an iStylus. :-)

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