ModBook a.k.a. Tablet Mac

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  1. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    "Aircraft grade magnesium alloy for all terrain use"

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    Skatebook?
     
  2. xPismo macrumors 6502a

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    No comments?

    I think its a good idea but at a price thats way to high. A mod for a $1000 MB that comes to $2200? Woah. If it was less, lets say 1500 I seriously consider it, but thats MBP money.

    Anyone itching to buy it right now?
     
  3. atari1356 macrumors 68000

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    Funny that the only Mac introduced today came from someone besides Apple...
     
  4. atari1356 macrumors 68000

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    This is probably part of what makes it expensive:

    "WACOM Penabled Digitizer"

    Being able to write directly on the screen doesn't come cheap...

    But yeah, I wouldn't buy one either.
     
  5. phungy macrumors 68020

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    So Macbook (retail) costs $1299.99...want a tablet version? Add $1000. Cool.

    ...NOT.

    Maybe if the price were a tad lower, the idea is neat but I wouldn't shell out that much.
     
  6. pknz macrumors 68020

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  7. phungy macrumors 68020

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    I'd like to see the price tag on that...$4200 for the 17"?
     
  8. jhande macrumors 6502

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    I keep seeing some of the innovations of the iPhone being expanded to a tablet sometime this year.... so although I really, really want a tablet, I'll pass on this one.

    Now a decent size tablet + multitouch + tweaked OS X..... *that* I'll pay $2k for.
     
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  10. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    Touchscreen technology is expensive.

    I didn't really care about such a thing, seeing as there have been two tablet revolutions and the things are still basically enterprise tools but it looks sturdy and could get Apple into new business with the right applications available, of course.
     
  11. bbydon macrumors 6502a

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    The time article said they were working on a tablet mac and came up with iphone instead. So maybe a real one is in the pipeline
     
  12. Sdashiki macrumors 68040

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    Make your own:

    grab a nice Wacom thats nice n big (of course, nice and expensive too)

    place its "touch sensitive" film behind the LCD


    now, the problems of course become can you trim a wacom (i dont know, but it seems like they did, OR wacom made custom sizes)?

    but its just a macbook, flip the LCD over, get rid of all unnecessary parts and do the wacom hack. your done.
     
  13. After G macrumors 68000

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    I heard you can't flip/conceal the screen when not in use. That's a dealbreaker for me right there.
     
  14. joshwest macrumors 65816

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    i think apple is gonna drop their version out soon and owc will go by by cause apple could doit forless that half prob only 4-500 more than a standard macbook
     
  15. mick4394 macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed. The lack of screen protection and a keyboard are the major drawbacks of this device. I understand that the twisting screen would be difficult to pull off as a mod, but I can't imagine wanting to use a touch screen exclusively.
     
  16. mick4394 macrumors 6502a

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    I think the closest think we'll ever see to a Mac tablet is the iPhone.
     
  17. adamyoshida macrumors regular

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    I think that it's pretty likely that the rumors of "flexible touchpads" on a future MB/MBP are actually fairly likely now. It'd really be an amazing - game changing - idea for a lot of stuff. Esp. iLife.
     
  18. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    OWC will go backrupt if Apple releases their own :(
     
  19. mick4394 macrumors 6502a

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    I don't see Apple going for a full blown tablet, though. I wouldn't be surprised if they used this technology for a "sideshow" type feature.
     
  20. YS2003 macrumors 68020

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    ModBook does not ship till 4/31/2007

    I was hoping if someone can post the actual user experience with ModBook (but, it is not yet sold yet; so, scratch that idea). For a slate model, ModBook is a little too thick.
     
  21. JosX macrumors regular

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    It's definitely cool, & when comparing to the Wacom Cintiq really the price isn't to bad considering this thing also has a mid-range laptop in it too. I wish they would update it, maybe using the 13" MBP, mainly from the design front, I mean look at the back, it's still a thick white macbook, still not very strong, still looks terrible going from that nice aluminium front to the plastic back, base it on the 13" uMBP & it would be thinner, look nicer & more powerful. I think it would actually look allot like the iPad, but with everything the iPad should have, so much more power & a fully functioning OS.
     
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  23. kernkraft macrumors 68020

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    The ModBook is the reason why the iPad doesn't come with full OS. Apple saw it an they saw that it was a niche market at the moment. Give it four years, then computer parts will let you do something useful on a light structure for not a lot of money. Until then, it's either expensive, or heavy, or slow. Or, as some might point out about the iPad, a combination of all.
     

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