Apple Handheld?

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  1. digital1 macrumors 6502

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    A few former Apple employees have founded a company that makes "Ultra Compters". It takes the advantages of PDAs, laptops, and desktop PCs. It uses a 1 Ghz Transmeta chip. I have seen concepts like this but no one has ever moved forward with them. Maybe this is something we could see in the future with Apple? Maybe these guys wanted to do something different and wanted to compete with Apple. Who knows, but it is a very nifty device, and being a computer engineering student I can appreciate the work,and insight that went into this device.

    Here, check the guys out!

    http://www.oqo.com/http://www.oqo.com/ :) :D
     
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    didn't apple say it definitely wasn't going into the PDA market for the time being? and that device won't have much of a market...people seem to stick with traditional laptops and PDA's...no crosses
     
  4. digital1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    nothing wrong with starting a little controversy though... ;) I personally think this reflects something that Apple is developing but is not releasing to the world, and these guys wanted to do it differently.
     
  5. digital1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I think that those devices could possibly have a market, it is just ahead of its time. It could possibly go somewhere. Personally, I would go with a Linux OS like Mandrake, or Red Hat.
     
  6. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    Interesting point. But by beating Apple to the punch, it just doesn't make any sense. If Apple was working on this type of thing, they'd want to get it to market before we're flooded with these things. Look at how well the iPod did. There already is another PDAish 5 gig harddrive device, posted a couple days ago. Soon everyone is going to get into the game. How long before Palm and Handspring realize that if they don't get on board with this their silly little 128meg PDAs will be obsolete?

    For what its worth, Apple might be thinking the same and not even bother getting in the game.:eek:
     
  7. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus

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    that's what I've been saying for months now...but no one listens...

    I'll only shutup on it once I do see Apple actually produce a PDA... :eek:
     
  8. digital1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Very good points. I personally think though too that Apple reconsiders doing things like this too. A company as innovative as them, I think would look at all viable options to extend their creativity. They more than have the ability to come up with an awesome PDA, or some sort of hybrid device like qoq has. Maybe I am just dreaming.:( Personally I think these hybrid devices have a very good future. Even though Palm and handspring's storage is still small by today's standard, I think that the portable revolution they started will continue to grow and have influence over the industry as a whole. I do agree though that memory constraints are too low. But I also agree that solid state memory has a future too. ;)
     
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    Aww... I listen to you, eyelikeart! :D
     
  10. digital1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thank u Hemingray....thank u... ;)
     
  12. rainman::|:| macrumors 603

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    *puts on turban and holds up sealed envelope*

    Spends a lot of money and fails miserably, screwing the company for the next 3-5 years

    *opens envelope and reads slip of paper*

    What will happen if Apple makes another PDA?

    hehe
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    pnw
     
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    I don't see a huge market potential either, but the concept does look kind of cool, if it were $400 or less.
     
  14. mmmdreg macrumors 65816

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    That's exactly like the failed Cube...it had like no market and was expensive...but it looked cool...but it failed...
     
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    The cube failed because the "cool" cost a premium. If the cube were cheaper it would've been a big success. If this little gizmo is almost as expensive as a full featured laptop it will most likely fail too. But if it's cheap, under $400 or even $600 it will find a following.
    I think something like this solves a lot of the palm issues such as not enough storage or functionality while solving one of the laptop problems of being too damn big to take everywhere.
     
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    I may have just overlooked it, but is there any internet connectivity built in to this thing? A modem port even? I know it has bluetooth, but what about faster more broadband type of connectivity?
     
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    You are correct sir... LOL...

    The problem I see with that device, is the price tag.. at about $1000, without anything extra (harware wise) it is a bit steep. This has been discussed in length on another thread, check it out and see where it all went.
     
  18. digital1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Even though it could possibly fail, I think that eventually the concept will catch on, and people will come up with cheaper and better ways to make it. Think about videogames. Many people thought it was just a fad, and companies like Atari failed in the long run, but people, companies, and creative people never gave up on making consoles and games for them, now look where they are now. Just because something may fail the first time, or even the first few times doesn't mean everyone elses endeavors will fail. The failure is just the forerunner. Although many of you make very good points and I agree, I don't agree with the fact that you think that this idea will never take off. Eventually this idea will take off, the right people just have to do it.
     
  19. xlemming macrumors newbie

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    everybody get a newton!!!
    actually i would like to see some current features with the newton... a mojor thing: the size
     
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