There is a rumor in town that Apple – the company that held their secrets as if they are Pentagon … or something – is working on a new tablet much bigger and advanced than the iPad.
They launched the iPad on January 27, 2010 and the rumors about the latest, most advanced piece of technology are already spreading. However, according to TechCrunch, the source of information is kind’of a second-hand source.
Although even before iPad some said that Apple is working at some devices with touch screens between 7” and 10.6” in size, the future device will have up to 15.4”. That’s the current size of an MacBook Pro for instance.
They also say that it’s not gonna be very much like the iPad. It could run a version of OS X, much closer to the traditional version that runs on Macs.
While everyone is still debating the uses of the iPad, a larger tablet would probably have a completely different set of uses.For example, it would likely be meant to be more of a straightforward laptop (or desktop) replacement. With an external keyboard , just as the iPad offers as an accessory, but probably it would be a more integral part of using the device.
When undocked, maybe you could use the thing just as you would an iPad (which is to say, holding it or placing it in your lap and using your fingers to manipulate its screen). And maybe while docked, you would even use a bluetooth mouse or touchpad device attached to the keyboard to interact with it.
“Based on various patent filing and the general trend of multi-touch enabled devices (Magic Mouse, MacBook trackpads, etc) that Apple has been releasing, it seems that Apple is definitely trending in the direction of touch computing as the future of computing. A larger tablet device could serve as a nice transition device between the traditional laptop and this new type of computing. And just as the iPhone has prepared many of us to naturally use the iPad, the iPad may do the same for this new tablet.”, says Siegler on TechCrunch.
So , if we were to recap a bit, the future tablet – not so much of an iPad/iPhone but more of a touch notebook – would have:
- - 15.4” zise
- - It will run on OS X (OS X 10.7 maybe?)
- - Much more power than the iPad
- - A new set of native OS applications that support multi-touch
- - A price way over the iPad/iPhone but slightly under the MacBook Pro ($1000 – $1200 ??)
- - A weight around 2-3 pounds (because they wont need a keyboard and other body parts that a notebook does)
- - Much likely a very, very, very well made launch with extraordinary appreciations from everyone but mainly from Apple staff, like this one below