Apple Tablet to Offer Webcam Option, Serve as Touchscreen Input Device for Macs?

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Gizmodo reports on details regarding Apple's rumored tablet computer from a source believed to have had access to information on the device. The source reports that the device will look much like a large iPhone, complete with home button and black plastic back, and offer a 10-inch screen. The source claims:
    Additional information includes the existence of two models, one including a webcam and one designed for "educational use" presumably lacking a webcam of any sort. The device will also reportedly cost $700-$900 and and may have the ability to serve as a secondary display and touchscreen input device for existing Macs.
    Article Link: Apple Tablet to Offer Webcam Option, Serve as Touchscreen Input Device for Macs?
  2. macrumors 68040

    Bubba Satori

    Feb 15, 2008
    Two models ? One at $799 and another at $999 ?
  3. macrumors 65816

    Aug 21, 2006
    touch screen controller would be sweeeeet.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Mar 27, 2006
    London, UK
    it sounds like i won't be able to use it as a restaurant pos...but we'll wait and see.;)
  5. macrumors 6502

    Eddy Munn

    Dec 27, 2008
    I thought they would do this, and I'm so glad they have!
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2009
    Caracas, Venezuela
    I'm sooo excited for next month! to finally witness the unveiling of Apple's Fourth Revolutionary Product!!:D:D:D
  7. macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2005
    Here's my $$$ now, Apple. Sounds great.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2007
    Can't wait! I'll be in line the day it's released. I wish September would just get here already!!!
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 4, 2009
    United Kingdom
    Now that sounds cool
  10. macrumors 603


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    Interesting.. sounds like an audio/video IM device, and media controller (in addition to the standard iPhone/email/web functionality).

    The big screen would be perfect for Cover Flow/album art.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2007
    BFE, MI
    Multi-touch controller would just be one way to use it.

    It could also be a remote desktop for your Mac, offloading processing and junk to the main computer.

    There has to be more ideas from Apple. This thing has to be revolutionary or incredibly easy to use for it to be a success.

    HDTV viewer? Even at 10", it would be unconfortable to hold and look at for more than a few minutes.
  12. macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2009
    Must come faster........The wait is killing me.

    The webcam thing would be fantastic!
  13. macrumors 6502


    Nov 1, 2007
    Toronto, Ontario Canada
    Well there you go.

    I was hoping to save for my kids' college but.....what the hell. I'll buy one anyway.

    They didn't need to go to Princeton anyway....
  14. macrumors 65816


    Jul 14, 2005
    I was hoping I could get by with this device for school rather than replacing my aging PowerBook G4 with a new MBP, but I'm thinking it won't happen.... Sounds more like a companion product rather than a netbook.....
  15. macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2003
    San Francisco
    hey guys, I've seen this device and here's what it looks like... but even if it changes, I warned you it might, so I'm still right.

  16. macrumors 6502

    Feb 20, 2004
    As described this doesn't sound compelling at all. Limited functionality at a high price.
  17. macrumors 6502a

    May 18, 2005
    Is a web cam really that expensive or great enough distinction to make separate model?
    It needs to be a little more special to make it appealing at $700 or more.
  18. macrumors 6502

    Sep 30, 2007

    It's going to be interesting to see exactly what Apple comes up with. I would still like to see them follow through with their docking idea where basically you'd take your iTablet and slide it into a 24" screen to turn it into an iMac. If you could use the iTablet as a touchscreen for your mac I guess that'd be would be cool if it could be used as a wacom tablet replacement...although it'd have to be very sensitive to do that. A touchscreen interface for the AppleTV would be nice too although I use my iPhone for that.

    I don't really see where they're going with the iTablet...but I'm hoping that they come up with something compelling and awesome. If anyone can do it, Apple can.
  19. macrumors 65816


    Jul 9, 2009
    375th St. Y
    Touch Screen

    I just had an amazing idea of a way to use this guy. If it could really act as a second screen, or secondary interface for existing macs, I hope its wirelessly.

    Connect the iProd to mb wirelessly, have MB connected to HDTV wired. Bingo, awesome connectivity.

    We will have to wait and see though...
  20. macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2007
    These rumours are starting to sound more and more ridiculous. Good to see Apple's counter spionage forces functioning fully.
  21. macrumors member


    Aug 16, 2004
    Very, very interesting!

    There are so many potentially great uses for this tablet when combined with all of the great apps that could potentially be written. A control interface for audio production software, a graphics tablet app maybe? It really seems like a take-off on the whole multi-touch trackpad idea, but much better and more exciting.
  22. macrumors 68020


    Jan 7, 2002
    Slap in an an infrared emitter and that would also turn it into the ultimate universal remote control (with a proper app).
  23. macrumors 6502


    Jul 31, 2009
    i want to use it w/ illustrator / photoshop...
  24. macrumors 6502


    Nov 2, 2007
    Western Mass.
    This rumor has two of the features I'd want most out of a tablet to expand its functionality. I really would like it to be used as a secondary screen and/or interface device for another apple product, be it an imac (preferably) or an :apple:TV.

    I envision a charging dock that connected to the computer would allow it to be used as a secondary screen. It would also be the conduit for putting content on the device for on-the-go video/audio/etc. If you could also use it as touchscreen interface, that'd be awesome, particularly depending on the resolution.
  25. macrumors regular

    May 31, 2008
    The current build of Snow Leopard will be the last before adding tablet connectivity facilities which have been held back until the last moment before addition.

    /MassiveSpeculation :apple:

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