Dell Mini 10" Tablet Convert - New MBA Precursor?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by fyrefly, Sep 14, 2010.

  1. fyrefly macrumors 6502a

    Jun 27, 2004
    Just read on Engadget about the new Dell 10" Mini Netbook that's convertible into a tablet. Now, I know it's not the most elegant thing, but I was wondering if Apple might go a similar route on the new MacBook Air. Get the touchscreen surface going and make it the first Touch Screen OSX Machine, the way the Air was the first Unibody and the first SSD machine.

    Use the Air to be a bridge device into a touchscreen OS. Apple does have that patent about the touchscreen OS activating with a tilt of the screen for the iMac... so this is not far off.

    Not necessarily something I think *will* happen, but more along the lines of "It'd be neat if it did happen."

  2. racer1441 macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2009

    To me, it doesn't show anything about Apple at all.

    It does reinforce how crappy Dell's ideas have become though.
  3. Adidas Addict macrumors 65816

    Adidas Addict

    Sep 9, 2008
    Make it stop, its hurting my eyes:eek:

    Seriously though, as if dells consumer line build quality wasn't bad enough they decide to start making that, be a few tears by boxing day this year after it falls to bits.:D
  4. Mr. Savage macrumors regular

    Mr. Savage

    Jun 11, 2010
    Every once in a while a product comes along that makes you say, "Brilliant! Why didn't someone think of this sooner? I gotta have it!"

    This is not one of those times.
  5. macbook123 macrumors 68000

    Feb 11, 2006
    The Dell's bezel is even more enormous than the Airs's. Unbearable trend away from practicaility. I just saw somebody in a cafe with the 10 year old titanium Powerbook that has nearly no bezel at all. Now that was what a laptop should be, entirely without any crazy design ideas like glass or black frames around the LCD or other crap that Apple introduced later - it's really been a constant path downhill since then. And even the optical drive was useful at the time!
  6. Scottsdale macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
    I do think we will be able to run iOS in a shell somehow on OS X, but I think it's a few years away. I see it as running in an LCD trackpad, allowing us to "touch" what we want to do within OS X too. It would be great because we wouldn't have to reach up, and put our fingerprints, on our Mac's display.
  7. manhattanboy macrumors 6502a


    Jan 25, 2007
    In ur GF's bed, Oh no he didn't!
    After buying a $6,000 Dell workstation that wasn't even tested for compatibility by Dell before they sold it, I will never buy another Dell product for the foreseeable future.

    The thing is too bulky to be useful. This idea is just a rehash of the old windows tablets that had a 180 rotatable screen.
    It's all a marketing gimmick.
  8. thinkdesign macrumors 6502

    May 12, 2010
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows CE; IEMobile 8.12; MSIEMobile6.0) Sprint T7380)

    Even a high quality brand like Toshiba has had trouble getting MS tablets to work right. Dell? You might want to lookup what they did to get into the newspapers in 2010.
  9. Zulu1 macrumors member

    Apr 28, 2010

    This has to be up for the quote of the year award!

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