Tablet PC: Apple’s next hot product?

Published by • November 6th, 2007 RSS News Feed

Rumors of an Apple Tablet PC, the timing is perfect

Everywhere you turn, there is a new juicy rumor about Apple products and it’s difficult to distinguish rumors based on some fact information from those that are entirely speculative. CNET claims to have the inside story on Apple’s latest tech push. It sounds like an Apple Tablet PC is in the works and what a brilliant move it is.

Apple - Mac Tablet PC

from CNET (UK) Experts Tech Review

Think about it, you’ve got the iPod that owns a virtual monopoly on mp3 players by virtue of name recognition alone. Apple can now brag that made a successful debut into the telecommunications market with the iPhone, the iMac line of personal computers has seen great success thanks to great marketing and calculating by the higher ups. They are making ground in every major area of technology and a Tablet PC makes perfect sense at this juncture.

We’re tempted to ignore all Apple rumours because there’s just so many of them, but this rings true because Asus is Apple’s contract manufacturer. It’s one of the companies responsible for building the iBooks, PowerBooks and MacBooks of this world, so when their guys tell us they’re building an Apple Tablet, we believe them.

We checked back with our source at Asus on a different day and they confirmed that the Apple Tablet will not be based on existing Asus designs such as the R1. It will come from a completely new blueprint, possibly based on the patent Apple filed back in May 2005. We’re guessing it’ll be based on Intel Core architecture, a tweaked version of Leopard, and have all the multi-touch, CoverFlow goodness we’ve seen in the iPhone and iPod touch.

This reminds me of Bill Gates and his book, “the Road Ahead…”

Could this be the beginning of a new era of technology?

Bill Gates, wrote 15 years ago in “the Road Ahead”, that the future of technology would be integration of various technologies. Universal computing would reach our homes and everything would be wired as computers become the television of the 21st century.

Gate’s predictions didn’t quite call for goofy futuristic models that we were exposed to by “The Jetsons” as kids, but he did say that some day we’d have appliances that would do everything: television, movies, music, computing and telecommunications. I suspect that as Microsoft’s CEO, he envisioned Microsoft as bringing forth the ‘wave of the future’. Based on the history between Microsoft and Apple, I bet he never would have imagined that Apple, Inc. would bring about the revolutionary change.

Just for fun, what might a Tablet PC look like in the future?

LCD panels with pullout or addon keyboards? Maybe we’ll see blue tooth keyboards that come along with tablet PCs. It makes sense and if Google has its way, ten years from now every home will have access to free Internet. This trend has already begun in select areas of the Silicon Valley. A Tablet PC with features that take the best of computing and telecommunication Apps will be remarkable and I’m sure apple will have some nice surprises in store for it’s rabid supporters.

Rumors or not, the future of Apple looks impressive. Stock will continue to climb, products will continue to sell like hot cakes, investors and consumers get everything they could possibly ask for and then some.

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