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Aug 13, 2009, 02:56 PM
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Description:: The biggest surprise about the rumored iPad/iTablet would be if it never actually arrived. After all, despite a ton of press coverage, Apple hasnít even announced such a product.

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ditzy
Aug 13, 2009, 05:05 PM
As I have no idea what the Apple tablet will do I can't really say if this is true or not. But if I had to guess, I would say that the products are very different. If I wanted an ultra-portable I don't think a tablet would sway my choice.

nagromme
Aug 13, 2009, 08:41 PM
No it won't.

A MacBook air is a conventional computer for working with conventional apps. I can do my Photoshop and Lightwave and Flash work on it, type long proposals quickly, and play Halo.

An Apple tablet, if it's any good, won't try to "sort of" do those things, it will do new things, or at least do them in new ways. That's what's needed to make a tablet actually be BETTER at some things instead of worse. And that's exactly how the iPhone works, so I have high hopes for the tablet (if it's real).

That said, I wouldn't mind at all if the tablet could also run Mac apps in a pinch. But it could never replace a real MacBook.

And I think Apple might well not put the time and expense into making the device run both a touch OS and Mac OS X, when the platform needs its OWN apps in order to survive and be really usable. Letting it run conventional Mac apps would be shooting the project in the foot, I think. At least at first. They'd be a poor experience, just like every other tablet, and at the same time it would take away some of the incentive to develop REAL iPhone-style apps for it.

Burnsey
Aug 13, 2009, 09:41 PM
I can't see how a tablet can replace a conventional computer, a tablet fits a certain niche, as does the ultra portable macbook air.

reverie
Aug 14, 2009, 06:59 AM
Actually the Air will eventually kill the MacBook and MacBook Pro, as disc drives become obsolete.

asphyxiafeeling
Aug 14, 2009, 08:35 AM
Actually the Air will eventually kill the MacBook and MacBook Pro, as disc drives become obsolete.

I was thinking the same thing; except that i figured they would just discontinue the air as technology allows you to pack same amount of power in a macbook pro into the same form factor as the air. (as well as other things, like the death of the disc drive)

that won't happen for some time though.

jmann
Aug 14, 2009, 08:38 AM
The iPad. Sorry I couldn't help myself.

uberamd
Aug 14, 2009, 08:43 AM
Thats like asking if the creation of the burrito will kill hamburgers. Sure, both are food, but they appeal to entirely different audiences. In short: no.

Takuta-Nui
Aug 14, 2009, 01:07 PM
I'd hope not. Unless the Tablet actually does everything a MBA does and more, it seems unlikely. Once I can support myself, I anticipate buying a MBA for light-duty work (like writing). If the Tablet is anything like what it's been espoused to be, I probably would dislike writing on it. Even worse if my options vanish and I have to go with either a full MacBook Pro or a Tablet.

Seems to me that Apple is all about giving computer users options.

Stay-At-Home Work/Entertainment - iMac
Heavy-Duty Portability - MacBook Pro
Light-Duty Portability - MacBook Air

And the iPhone is in there somewhere for people who want to combine worlds and get a little bit of each. To me, it makes sense that the Tablet would do something else. If it's simply a go-between for a MacBook and an iPhone, I have my doubts.

tempusfugit
Aug 14, 2009, 04:23 PM
I really don't think theres a big difference between your 13" MB and an MBA. The dimensions are roughly the same. I think it would be a huge waste of money to have both an aluminum macbook and a macbook air. The former would out-perform the latter in most cases and isn't really any less portable if you're able bodied.

jnc
Aug 14, 2009, 05:43 PM
If it's just a bigger iPod touch, no.

If it's an official ModBook (http://www.axiotron.com/index.php?id=modbook), yes. For me at least.

amiganut
Aug 14, 2009, 06:15 PM
No it won't.

A MacBook air is a conventional computer for working with conventional apps. I can do my Photoshop and Lightwave and Flash work on it, type long proposals quickly, and play Halo.



Is that the same Lightwave that was written for the Amiga?

Eric5h5
Aug 15, 2009, 04:37 AM
Is that the same Lightwave that was written for the Amiga?

A distant descendant, yes.

--Eric

OneMike
Aug 16, 2009, 01:47 AM
Just like the macbook macbook pro, imac, mini, air, etc..

Each item has a different audience so I don't see product A killing B

dadoffour
Aug 16, 2009, 07:59 PM
Hopefully, Apple has also thought about the business market which they have tried for many years to crack.

This product could be it -

A portable touchscreen handheld with stylus capability (for capturing signatures) with WIFI that runs iPhone applications (or better yet would be the full MacOS or an even more capable iPhone OS). Businesses are creating apps for internal use for the iPhone. This device makes that more practical in the enterprise. Businesses would use this for data entry/collection in all sorts of situations. WIFI enables collection/input/query of data and connection to corporate database servers. Add a front and back camera for potential for facial recognition software development for security applications and for video conferencing. An expansion slot to enable device modules like scanners to be plugged in.

The possibility for business is endless. I am sure they will be targeting the consumer. I am hoping for both.

--Lon Weiss

nagromme
Aug 17, 2009, 03:06 PM
A distant descendant, yes.

--Eric

In fact, the first 3D modeling software I ever used was Lightwave on Amiga before it was even CALLED Lightwave. I used Modeler 3D from Aegis, before NewTek bought it and rolled it into the Video Toaster as Lightwave.

It's cool that it has thrived for so long. It's still my 3D tool of choice.