Everyone else is throwing around predictions on what Apple will reveal on the 27th. So let’s jump on the bandwagon and add our own 2c worth. I reckon Apple will and will not release a tablet. Read on for just what I mean by that.
A couple of years ago companies such as Toshiba released tablet/ laptop hybrids. The Portege M200 Tablet PC is an example of this.
This was actually a really good idea. It failed however as it was really ahead of it’s time and it was implemented poorly. The hardware was too big and the UI of Win XP did not suit a tablet at all.
Now imagine this. The MacBook Air, shrunk to 10″ and with OSX tricked out to be more tablet centric when in tablet mode but normal OSX in netbook mode. It will be light, it will be sleek, it will be both a tablet and a netbook and convert between the two effortlessly.
The swivel model that Toshiba went with seemed to be reasonable but I’m sure Apple could come up with a sleeker mechanism that allowed for a smooth, effortless and solid transition between the two.
You effectively get a netbook and a tablet in one but one that is capable of being a polished product in both form factors.
I could imagine many situations where it would be great to type on a normal laptop and then pick it up into tablet form and keep referring to it and interacting with it while walking around.
This is what I’m hoping for and would be quite excited by.