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  • Tablet Speculation Goes Mainstream: "Spectacular Graphics" and a Webcam


    After months of the tech press and blogosphere spreading every type of rumor about the still-unconfirmed Apple tablet, CNN has gotten into the action. Referring to it as "a magazine-sized, touch-screen, hand-held, all-in-one device that is half-iPhone, half-Macintosh computer," CNNMoney.com highlighted the device in a post today. They talked to a panel of experts who basically recapped the rumors to date, with one significant new speculation: "stunning graphics," better than the iPod or iPhone, and a webcam for videoconferencing.

    The story -subheadlined "the everything killer" - made much of how the tablet was being positioned to replace many different handheld devices now in use. According to the analysts surveyed: Laura DiDio, principal analyst at ITIC; David Wertheimer, executive director of the University of Southern California's Entertainment Technology Center; and Zeus Kerravala, an analyst with Yankee Group, the device is being prepared to fill the gap between the iPhone/iPod touch and a low-end Mac Book. The idea that the device will "kill" single-function devices like the Amazon Kindle by offering books, Web browsing, gaming, entertainment and on-the-go computing in a single package was touted by DiDio and Wertheimer, though Kerravala sounded a note of caution.

    "What we've found in the past with these multi-function devices is that they're better for ad-hoc purposes, like quick and dirty tasks," said Zeus Kerravala, an analyst with Yankee Group. "They're not for any prolonged, high-performance use."

    For instance, smartphones have cameras for quick snapshots, but when you go on vacation, you're probably going to want your digital camera to come along with you for high-quality photos.

    Kerravala said the same logic applies to the tablet's other functions, including its e-reading capability: "If you want to sit and read a book, the ergonomics of a device that's specifically designed for reading are going to be better."
    Walt Mossberg at the Wall Street Journal, however, recently added his voice to the chorus of those who believe the tablet will be a true general-purpose computer. The influential pundit responded to a written question from a reader to the Journal's AllThingsDigital site by saying that he hadn't "seen any evidence" that Apple was planning a single-purpose device, noting that the iPhone and iPod touch can run Kindle software.

    As to the price of the still-unannounced device, speculation ran from as low as $600 to as high as $1000 - but DiDio noted that Apple had an early fail in pricing the iPhone at $599, far above the competitive price for the smartphones that existed at that time. The implication was that Apple would move to price the tablet to compete with similar products currently on the market, such as netbooks, which are generally priced much lower.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Tablet Speculation Goes Mainstream: "Spectacular Graphics" and a Webcam started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 42 Comments
    1. chuckiecheese's Avatar
      chuckiecheese -
      This is stupid....Apple just needs to come out with a netbook...like a mini macbook.
    1. lilskaterpunk's Avatar
      lilskaterpunk -
      Netbook would be sweet from Apple. Doubt it though, its Apple... lol

      iTablet would be cool. I hope the price is reasonable though or I'd pass.
    1. NegativeBeef's Avatar
      NegativeBeef -
      What OS will it run on? Judging from the picture it looks like some modified iphone OS.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by NegativeBeef View Post
      What OS will it run on? Judging from the picture it looks like some modified iphone OS.
      That is a concept picture. A fake if you will.
    1. Hondamaker's Avatar
      Hondamaker -
      Quote Originally Posted by awesomeiPod View Post
      Looks...like a giant iPhone! But, for some reason, it doesn't look a buy for me.
      No one really knows what this thing is gonna look like. That was just one of many mock-ups. You know Apple will do it right.
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      Can not wait for the release!!!!
      Dude, I can't wait til the official announcement.

      Quote Originally Posted by rryyddeerr View Post
      1500-2000$ with half the capability of a MBP
      Yeah right.
    1. alpawa's Avatar
      alpawa -
      Quote Originally Posted by scottjl View Post
      i'm quite happy with my netbook. this is bigger than my iphone without a real keyboard, less functional than a computer i picked up for $300. what's the purpose of it? unless it's cheap enough, the masses aren't going to buy it and we all know apple doesn't do cheap. the last thing apple needs to do is come out with yet another very expensive computer.
      My thoughts exactly! The concept is quiet nice, but the reality is that I preffer my iPhone and my computer even though is heavier, than caring a arround a really BIG iPhone that can also do some other stuff...
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      I'm sure there are many of you out there that can't wait to drop this in a toilet by mistake.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Quote Originally Posted by Hondamaker View Post
      No one really knows what this thing is gonna look like. That was just one of many mock-ups. You know Apple will do it right.
      Never thought of that. I hope Apple will turn it into a buy for consumers.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      im going to purchase purely for the possibility of live music manipulation....oh and to be cutting edge..blah blaaah.
    1. uunnzz's Avatar
      uunnzz -
      Gonna look like a big shiny iPhone... I bet lots of people will waste a lot of money on it... too bad its made by crapple... if it wasn't at least it would have a chance at not being a disappointment after the hype wears off.
    1. kaaroFC's Avatar
      kaaroFC -
      No use!?...just wait I will see you all in line when this comes out! ^^
    1. Jayy17's Avatar
      Jayy17 -
      if it does come out...
      i wonder if ti will be a stand-alone unit or will it need to be synced with another computer...
    1. Luppin's Avatar
      Luppin -
      Just imagine how heavy that thing will be with that big slab of glass that is likely to be 2 to 3 times thicker than the screen on the iPhone to handle the increased stress from being that much bigger. Also, I see no practical way to use this thing unless you're sitting down because I am not about to risk a 600 to 1000 dollar device by holding it in one hand, not that you'd really be able to anyway. And if you're going to have to sit down to use it why not just get a laptop/netbook/or whatever specialty device you would be trying to replace with this monstrosity because the article pretty clearly says that it will just be alright at doing a lot of things instead of really good at doing specific tasks.

      tl;dr
      Gimmick Gimmick Gimmick
    1. djanark2000's Avatar
      djanark2000 -
      The only way I see this being worth it is if it came with a docking station with a physical keyboard which fr 3rd party people will be a huge success if they do decide to release this. Ill prob buy it for the vid chat on the go. I travel a lot
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      Quote Originally Posted by uunnzz View Post
      Gonna look like a big shiny iPhone... I bet lots of people will waste a lot of money on it... too bad its made by crapple... if it wasn't at least it would have a chance at not being a disappointment after the hype wears off.
      So, why are you on a website devoted to Apple products, again?
    1. brandonmarback's Avatar
      brandonmarback -
      This is the most hyped piece of vaporware that will never actually be made. For all the hype, I wish it was better. I'm disappointed in what we have been speculating about already.
    1. Ozzyman500's Avatar
      Ozzyman500 -
      Quote Originally Posted by big poops View Post
      shutup
      lol, still in kindergarten?
    1. adrian1480's Avatar
      adrian1480 -
      Quote Originally Posted by scottjl View Post
      i'm quite happy with my netbook. this is bigger than my iphone without a real keyboard, less functional than a computer i picked up for $300. what's the purpose of it? unless it's cheap enough, the masses aren't going to buy it and we all know apple doesn't do cheap. the last thing apple needs to do is come out with yet another very expensive computer.
      this.
    1. dalep's Avatar
      dalep -
      Quote Originally Posted by uunnzz View Post
      Gonna look like a big shiny iPhone... I bet lots of people will waste a lot of money on it... too bad its made by crapple... if it wasn't at least it would have a chance at not being a disappointment after the hype wears off.
      This sort of post amazes me!

      This is an APPLE forum, You seem to have an APPLE phone...

      If you hate Apple products so much, there are 2 things u can do

      1: Dont buy any, go back to the sort of Cr*p being poked out by most of the other vendors.

      2: Fek off to another forum