the iWalk that would not die...

Discussion in 'Hardware Rumors' started by Wry Cooter, Jun 4, 2002.

  1. Wry Cooter macrumors 6502

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    Noticed the following Apple PDA rumors still being shuffled about

    http://www.macobserver.com/article/2002/06/04.11.shtml

    http://www.business2.com/articles/mag/0,1640,40364,FF.html

    http://www.oqo.com/

    Isn't this old news? Same ole Same ole? Is this merely Business 2.0 being slow to pick up on an old OQO press release, and a mac site desperate for hits trying to spin it yet again? That was several months ago it seems I last heard of the oqo.

    The OQO runs winXP. Hard to back out of their flash site on a 56kmodem, so I have no idea of its tech specs.
    Think you could hack it to run OS X or BSD?

    Maybe there will be a touchscreen tablet at MWNY, but I doubt the form factor will resemble this in the least. I'm betting on something bigger. (I think they should create a touch screen eMacs and iMacs for vertical niche markets, if they can get the iMac price down enough.
     
  2. Backtothemac macrumors 601

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    Oh, eye is going to have a field day in here. Look, as much as we all would be happy to max out our credit cards, I just don't think that it will happen. Steve has said on many occations that there will not, not, be an Apple branded PDA for consumers, pros, aliens, or anyone. Lets ignore the rumors, and be more constructive.
     
  3. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    Give him some credit, b2tm, these are newer stories, with a little bit more information. Its interesting to see that Jobs turned Bell down, you have to wonder why. When it is finally released, I'd love to see one, but I can't imagine it being more than an expensive toy....
     
  4. Backtothemac macrumors 601

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    Duke, you are correct on that. I did not even bother to read the reviews until your post. Man, it does actually look like they are up to something. I know that I would love to have one. Well, lets just hope.
     
  5. boobers macrumors regular

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    OQO

    i suppose OQO will use a windows OS. Too bad as i'm sure Bell prefers the MacOS. However if Apple puts out their own PDA.(which i'm sorta keen on depending on its feature set-i'd like,
    Audio input
    camera module(or camera)
    QT playback
    MP3 playback
    fully wireless web access
    20gig drive minimum


    (on top of the ordinary monochromatic features of pda's of today like address book and text editor, game of pong etc...)
    If Apple makes their own palm OS they could licence it to OQO so their would be some competition in a smaller realm of the market.

    However i suppose its possible to run X with a stylus. Man that would be cool..to have OSX in your pocket.
    :D
    boobers

    only problem is i need a screen thats about 4x5 inches and it must be horizontally positioned like a computer monitor..Can you do that for me Apple? huh? can ya please?
     
  6. Macmaniac macrumors 68040

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    Where is eye? He is going to have a field day!!! Or he is just choosing to ignore this post.
     
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  8. elgruga macrumors 6502

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    the computer thats all in bits......

    This thing is a computer that has been chopped up.
    You buy it and then you get to buy all the bits.....like a keyboard, and some sort of CD/CDRW drive and a monitor....oh and a pair of thick reading glasses so you can see the the miniscule type on the tiny screen.

    One day, when humans are only 6 inches high, this thing will be a big hit.

    In the meantime, I will stick with my Pismo, a cell-phone, and an iPod.

    OQO? fuggedabahtit.
     
  9. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus

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    so u guys really miss me?! :D

    yes...I've chosen to ignore it...

    but...since I'm here...

    why don't u guys just give the PDA thing a rest already?! :eek: :rolleyes:
     
  10. topicolo macrumors 68000

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    Wouldn't it be cool if Jobs released a MacOS X based Smartphone? I mean, Jobs said that he's not going to develop a pda, but what about releasing a smartphone like those that M$ are making? Sure, it's a play on words, but it could happen :).
     
  11. Timothy macrumors 6502

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    Anti-PDA Sage?

    I just can't understand why so many of you consider it sage to be anti-PDA. I think eye would be embarrassed to be so dogmatically against any discussion of a PDA. Eye, take your minions to other threads if you are not interested in the discussion. There's no need to continually ask others to stop speaking about things that clearly interest them; we'll not ask the same of you. Deal?

    Again, for the record, Apple ignores the PDA to its long-term detriment. It is not a matter of if Apple will ever re-enter the ultra-portable market, its a matter of when. Period.

    Those of you who continually quote the "Apple said...SJ said...blah blah blah" have put too much stock in obscure and/or off-the-cuff remarks. Computing is a way of life, and will become more and more so; the PDA is a natural extension of the desktop and laptop.

    This topic will never die...and I'll do my best to ensure that that is so.
     
  12. Wry Cooter thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I would just like to go on record to the kneejerk reactionaries with a reminder that this thread was started by me in a similar vein... I posted as I couldn't beleive it was being used as "news" or web page fodder, because the OQO stuff is over six months old for one, among other reasons.

    I am however a big fan of the Apple Tablet idea.....;)
     
  13. green68 macrumors newbie

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    If apple had just announced this identical product all Mac fanatics and Steve Jobs would be saying it was the most revolutionary device ever created. But they didn't, so it must be a bad idea:)!

    I've often bordered on being a "Mac fanatic" but reading news and threads like this remind me why I am getting tired of Apple's elitist marketing and the people that buy into it.

    Of course the irony for me, I'd buy an Apple PDA in a second, and I'll probably die using MACS, still bitching about high prices and slow processor updates.
     
  14. cryptochrome macrumors regular

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    The OQO (which runs XP, btw) isn't really a new idea. It's just a hard one to implement. The core idea is "it's a pain to synchronize a bunch of devices all the time". This is true. Handy as the iPod may be, it's a fairly simple device that you synchronize every now and then. The same may not be true of the iPad, the iPhone, your iEnterain, your mac, or whatever, and synching them all would be even more of a pain, even if it's automatic you still have to connect them.

    But putting them all together in one device is overkill, and forces unnecessary limitations (not the mention the inherent advantage of multiple devices for multiple people). I think Apple has the right idea for making devices play well together instead, and lumping functions together where appropriate.

    This is why I think the iPod will be rendered largely obsolete by later digital hub devices, aside from it's role as a portable large drive. We'll have one home entertainment device to handle all entertainment center functions (music library with equalization, dvd/cd playback and burning, PVR, receiver). A few peripheral devices for very general (iPod and other drives, Airport Base Station) or very specialized (small general market still/video cam) functions. Your processing and info routing hub (a Mac). And one mobile device to handle all mobile stuff (music player, basic audio/video recording, mobile phone/communications/browsing, pda functions, ebook, basic office stuff, full display). The trick would be getting them to share their abilities (i.e., your personal mobile device could wirelessly link to your computer to borrow its raw processing power and intelligently store/ask for files, and to your home entertainment center to update it's internal music library).
     
  15. arn macrumors god

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    I don't know if everyone thinks it's a "bad" idea...

    but you're right... if apple made a similar device, tons of Apple-people would instantly love it and want one.... myself included.

    But... there is some logic to it... Windows XP doesn't serve any purpose in my day-to-day life. Having a small device that runs Windows XP does me about as much good as a small device that runs Amiga OS.

    Not that there's anything wrong with it - but I can't integrate it into my life...

    now... put Mac OS X, or a custom OS that was designed to work with Mac OS X... well, then we're talking..

    Regarding the PDA battle... I've not made it a secret that I am/was a huge Newton fan. The Newton OS and Newton was Apples best and most innovative product ever. If Apple were to make a PDA, I would buy it... site unseen... I know that sounds fanatical... but it's true... and there are many others who would do the same.

    arn
     
  16. New Guy macrumors member

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    Right now I have no real need for a PDA – Apple branded or otherwise – but would like a new toy if the right one came around. I believe Apple is just biding it's time before releasing a version of their own. They want Apple to be the next Sony, remember. The fact that SJ said they wouldn't doesn't sway me much – especially after yesterdays announcement that the eMac is now available for consumers. SJ said the CRT was dead and the eMac would be education only.

    Don't believe everything that comes out of Cupertino. The climate in silicon valley changes so fast that what was unthinkable yesterday is very plausible today.

    Enjoy!
     
  17. Marvenp macrumors member

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    I can't believe the stupidity!

    At times Apple and/or SJ can be egotistical, arrogant and outright stupid. I am the Creative Director for a technology company in Japan and have been living here for 17 years. I've found one truth to be constant; mobility is crutial! The surge in mobile phones and convergence devices prove it beyond any debate.

    I have a DP 1Ghz Silver Tower with 1.5GB ram, 3 x 72GB Ultra SCSI HDs and an 22" Cinema Display on my desk at the office. Then I have a PB G4 with 1GB ram and 48GB HD in my briefcase. Guess which one gets used more. I am constantly travelling, meeting clients, demoing our solutions etc... etc... I need raw power but I need it to be portable. And with the way our lifestyles are changing, that seems true for the rest of the world as well.

    Besides, it absolutely idiotic for SJ to talk about winning over Wintel users if they (Apple) are not exploring ALL markets. The biggest reason why people use Windows is because they're everywhere. They feel confident that whatever they buy will in someway be compatible with past and for that matter, future purchases.

    I was just at a conference in Tokyo yesterday and the theme was: Streaming Media Japan / Content Management Forum. Almost very exhibitor at the conference built thier solutions around WMP. QuickTime was nowhere to be found. Even Real and Adobe where there. The general feeling among most attendees was yeah, QT may be better but most people have WMP installed on thier machines. Where going after the masses.

    Microsoft is at every conference no matter how insignificant it may seem. They are exploring every opportunity to market thier piece of crap OS no matter what the platform. If Apple doesn't adopt a new attitude, they can forget about that other 95% of the market. It's events like the one I mentioned that will win over Wintel users, not MacWorld! Most the people attending MacWorld are already Mac users, daaah.

    It's getting the Mac OS out there in as many forms as possible and on as many devices as possible that will gain customer confidence. Apple (Steve) GET YOUR BLOATED HEAD OUTTA YOUR ASSES!
     
  18. matznentosh macrumors regular

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    Oh no, I dreamed it last night!

    I swear to god, I had a dream just last night Apple came out with a small laptop like device with a touch screen and it looked just like this thing! The only thing that was different is that in the dream it had the handwriting recognition built in, and of course it ran OS X.

    Do you think dreams predict future MacWorld conferences?
     
  19. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus

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    I had a dream too...

    it was that Steve Jobs said NO PDA!!!!

    oh wait a minute....that wasn't a dream....it really happened...:rolleyes:
     
  20. kansaigaijin macrumors 6502

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    I had a dream, (an INKling emerges)

    seriously, I had a dream last night, trying to get my brother in-laws windowsXp pc connected to my base station, which i bought so he and the mother in law could share the Yahoo DSL. Makes me laugh at trying to do anything with windows on a playing card size screen, you must be joking! A brand new OS like XP can't find the base station in the next room, and it won't switch languages like OSX will, so it is dificult to help him or oka-san.

    OQO pitched a deck of cards? sounds like the iPod. Remember Ink is coming soon, it will be dificult for apple not to do a eMac and put it in a portable device when it is a big hit. I think the eMac lauch is the new marketing strategy.
     
  21. AudiA4 macrumors member

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    Re: I had a dream too...

    Wow, eyelikeart, here are some other quotes for you:

    The eMac is for educational users only.

    The CRT is dead.

    .......all the while Jobs is (internally?) bemoaning the fact that he has totally missed the whole PDA/Portable device market - which Apple started and which continues to expand. It's THE digital hub device.
     
  22. robodweeb macrumors member

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    Re: Re: I had a dream too...


    I guess you missed the announcement ... the eMac is shipping for non-educational consumers ... I just bought one, from the Apple Store, today for my mother ...
     
  23. kansaigaijin macrumors 6502

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    ya I think that was his point. and mine,

    Sweet unit huh?
     
  24. Marvenp macrumors member

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    You people are still missing the point! Dream or not PDA or not, the best way to attack an enemy is from all sides. A direct frontal attack would never work with a behomoth like MS. The Mac OS needs to be seen on as many devices as possible.

    Very few people doubt that the Mac OS is superior to Windows (at least around me) but the fact still remains that Windows is everywhere and on everything. Do you think MS cares if PDAs sell or not? They just care about getting thier OS out there on whatever is selling.

    Apple should adapt a similar strategy.
     
  25. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus

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    yeah...

    I'm going back to my first plan of ignoring this thread...

    have fun without me!! ;) :cool: :rolleyes:
     

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