The Much-Rumored Apple Tablet
I have made several posts in the past about the Apple Slate, or apple tablet PC for 2 years now, and it seems Apple may finally be releasing the much anticipated device. Â Already the PC Community at PC World has criticized the release as a stupid move, and a guaranteed flop on the side of Apple. Â Take the reports as you will, though I sincerely expect it will be quite popular.But what do I think of the rumors that are already floating around, based on analyst reviews and suppositions? Â Let's take a look at them and see:
- The Price: Â The price is the most important thing here, and the deal maker or breaker as far as I'm concerned. Â Apple made a huge mistake with the Newton MessagePad back when it was first released, pricing it higher than the average business would front for a PDA. Â That was a long time ago in Electronics terms, and businesses are now more willing to fork over the money for a laptop replacement if it's cheaper than a laptop itself. Â At $599 to $699, with all the rumored features, it's a good price.
- 3G Wireless: Â As far as I'm aware, there are no laptops with a built-in 3G wireless connection in the US. Â Japan has had them for years, but the US has just not seen it necessary to make that kind of investment. Â The iPhone, the Kindle, and SmartPhones in general have changed that considerably as more people and businesses see the advantage of keeping connected while on the go. Â Of course the problem with a built-in solution is it's compatibility with different carriers: Â no one likes being locked into a single carrier, because everyone has different needs. Â If this is built in, I hope that the ability to switch carriers will be available in the future, if not immediately.
- 3G Data: Â Building on that, I would like to see the device come with a Data-only option, and not restrict which apps can be used on that data stream. Â Why? Â Because I want to use a VoIP solution, such as one from the office, without having to redirect lines and use precious minutes. Â This is crucial, though I'm not sure any carrier would see it as viable. Â Either that or they would price the connection far too high. Â Perhaps with competition, the prices will be realistic (yes, this is a slam at the AT&T exclusive rights to the iPhone).
- 10" Touch Screen: Â I don't think it's a surprise to anyone that the screen would be a touch screen. Â The touch technology is what made the iPhone the iPhone, and makes using the iPod Touch so cool. Â The size does make it a little problematic, in that it can't fit into someone's pocket. Â This will be a bag device, though it would fit nicely in a messenger bag or purse, and therefore not too much of a problem.
- HD Video: Â Great that they are focusing on HD for video, and this makes for a convenient method of taking a lot of video with you while traveling. Â I can anticipate car mounts for this device, as it would be large enough for anyone to see in the back seat (or more than one back seat).
- Office. Â It needs to have both Microsoft Office and iWork available on this tablet.
- Presentation tool: Â it needs to have a way to hook up to a projector, if not be a projector itself (that was a wild rumor, one that I don't expect to be true). Â Why? Â Because I don't want to haul a huge laptop around just to do a quick presentation, or edit one.
- VoIP: Â Real VoIP needs to be supported, in some form or another. Â There are quite a few solutions available for the iPhone and iPod Touch, but they are limited to WiFi, and I would like it through a 3G/4G connection.
- Word Processing: Â Being able to create documents of some sort needs to be there. Â There are some good solutions for the iPod Touch, again, but it's not ideal.
- iPhone OS Support: Â I don't think I really want it to be a bigger version of the iPhone or iPod Touch (unless all my software needs are met by said OS), but it should be able to use the same apps. Â That means using something like Dashboard to run your iPhone apps. Â That way I have all those apps I want (i.e., games and stuff), while still being able to use full-fledged OS apps.
- WiMax support: Â I know this isn't a technology that has taken off to a great extend in the US, but I like the idea of getting 7 MB connection speeds for up to 70 miles away from the antenna. Â Having this built into the device would be just as useful as 3G/4G, since it is a 4G technology. Â ^_^
- Full Bluetooth: Â No more throttled bluetooth. Â I want to be able to pair my Plantronics Voyager 510 headset to the thing, and a bluetooth keyboard.
- SD Card and/or USB port: Â a port on the thing would be really nice. Â Make it easier to add video/audio/image files to the device without having to do dock it to a computer.
- Mini Display Port: Â How else would it connect to a projector?