There's been a bunch of talk about Apple maybe comingout with a tablet, and talk about the (lack of) success that the microsoft windows based ones have experienced. From what I gather, the MS camp has two products either for sale,or in the works. The first is the tablet, which is like a notebook, but the whole thing is a display, but with no keyboard. The Other is a "smart display", which appears to be a dumb display that allows the user to user their desktop remotely. Unfortunately, the desktop can only be used by the smart display, and not by another user during that time. Ok, a lot of background info, first: Now, as a corporate and residential user, I think they have it all wrong, and would like to detail what I think should be done, preferably by Apple, but otherwise by MS. At my work we all run a unix X session from a main server, where all the apps are managed for us, and our data is centrally backed-up. We all use Win NT desktops with the displays being forwarded to us by VNC. We can move about and reconnect to our VNC display from anywhere to do our development. When we need the most interactivity we run the app on the local NT workstation. All persistent data is saved to the centralised computer, not the workstation. The fact we have to do all this just shows how much MS has dropped the ball. The Apple solution should be to allow us to run applications on our local machines always, in a unix environment, but the apps would be stored centrally, for easier management. The logged-in screen that all of the applications are displaying to should be redirectable to another machine, just like X, but the applications should not be tied to the display, so that any number of users can be actively using the machine, but the user sitting right in front of it gets the hardware accellerated display. All "displays" would be completely separated from each other, except that they would potentially slow down the machine. Also, not only should the screen be forwarded, but if any user tries to play a music file, or watch a movie, then that will be forwarded as well. Quality would degrade relative to the network bandwidth connectng the two machines. Plus, in my case, the central file server would only be serving data, while the workstations do the processing. How does that long boring story have anything to do with smart displays and tablets? Well, once that is done, and has been debugged on regular computers, it's a trivial detail to forward it to a smart display, except that this one would be multi-user, and thus would kick ass. So, the smart display need not be running a full-blown Mac OS X, it need only run something understanding the Quartz + sound protocol (like the X, and VNC protocols), and have a bit of memory for caching data being streamed to it. No apps No hard-drive to backup No moving parts to wear down or use up batteries Just a CPU, memory, Quartz Extreme certified graphics card, Airport [Extreme], and a battery. The display should be at the least 800x600 and 8". In total, it should cost under $500. Larger screens would cost more. An optional docking station would make it act like a complete workstation, without the admin hassles of having another full computer. The required software would make many companies want to use Macs, and the smart display would be great for them too. Mom and pop would love the smart displays too, since instead of waiting for the other people to get off the computer, they can just grab a display, and get to work, or have some fun. As for the fully functional tablet, with this software it could be a smart display when that was all that was needed, and could be a full-blown computer when away from the office/home. If Apple added a standard for running applications to pass off their running state to other instances of themselves, on other machines, then you could be in dumb display mode, start editing a file, and as you walk out of range of your network, it would automatically start the same app locally, with your document, and you would continue working, near seamlessly. Returning in range of the network would resync back your documents. An ideas?