D'ya Think Apple Designers Read These Threads?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by kiwi_the_iwik, May 29, 2003.

  1. kiwi_the_iwik macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2001
    London, UK
    Well - if so, here's YOUR chance to impress them!

    What new designs, variations, alterations or ideas do YOU have to enlighten Mac users?

    I'll start the ball rolling...

    Everyone's heard the idea for the iTablet. I was thinking - what if it could be used as not only a standalone device (aka. a PDA not unlike the Newton...), but as part of a modular computer - all linked via infra-red, bluetooth and Airport Extreme?

    The iTablet is the size of a sheet of A4 - and is a completely self-contained system in it's own right. Inside the iTablet sits an Airport card, Bluetooth and infra-red port, as well as a firewire 800 port. That's what you can take out with you. It accepts handwriting recognition, and uses a cut-down version of OSX. You could even have voice recognition software running on it.

    When you return to your office/workplace, etc., you place the iTablet on a stand (where it turns into a widescreen LCD monitor), and it's instantly linked to a small computer on your desk via a high-speed specialised connection (to send video data over short distances, perhaps?), or even by hardwired connections in the monitor's cradle-like stand that interfaces the computer directly with the iTablet...

    Airport Extreme syncs data between the desktop computer (not unlike the old Cube - small footprint, lots of power...) and the iTablet's own storage medium, and Bluetooth gives desktop keyboard and mouse control.

    This could well be the next-generation "Duo"-style computer...

    Now it's YOUR turn to come up with something...

  2. kiwi_the_iwik thread starter macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2001
    London, UK
    Well, frankly - I'm astounded at the response (or lack thereof...).

    I thought all of your burgeoning minds would be spewing forth loads of new ideas.

    Do you mean to say that there's NO-ONE with a vivid, creative imagination in this forum?!? After ALL of those posts I've read in other threads, I can't believe that.

    Go on - don't be shy. Prove the critics wrong, and give your idea of the perfect system setup, OS layout or "must-have" Mac accessory. It doesn't matter how far-fetched it may be...

    After all - it's all in good fun!

  3. Tha_Sylent1 macrumors newbie

    May 30, 2003
    I would like to see wireless earbuds utilizing Chameleon optical technology for the iPod, kinda like those cell phone antennas that flash colors, except that the earbuds will sync with the beat of the music you are listening to....PURE GENIUS I"M TELLIN YOU!:eek: :p
  4. Wardofsky macrumors 65816

    Aug 6, 2002
    Everyone wants a tablet Mac except the one that counts.
    This is why I'm not holding my breath for a PDA, tablet or Apple phone.

    If one comes out, cool, but I don't need one...

    But in terms of what I want; a new Apple computer that can de-activate 12 nuclear bombs at the same time while flying around powered by some type of uranium.

    Or maybe a updated PowerBook...

    (Using every muscle except the one that counts?)
    -Mr. A. Smith "Guess which movie"
  5. cb911 macrumors 601


    Mar 12, 2002
    BrisVegas, Australia
    welllll.... when the new Al PowerBooks came out (12 & 17") i thought that they looked a bit too "rounded" on the corners and edges. i've never seen them in person yet, but from the pictures they looked more curved than the TiBooks, they're starting to look a bit like the iBooks. i would like to see the next revision of the PowerBooks go back to a smaller diameter on the curves.

    also, a notebook to compete with the Centrino market would be good to see. if people have a iMac or PowerMac then something like a cut-down iBook without a optical drive and a really small size could be really handy. i'm not sure about the market for this though... it might just be that i would really like something like that. :D
  6. billyboy macrumors 65816


    Mar 15, 2003
    In my head
    Give me a removable remote keyboard in my Powerbook llke they already have in one of the Toshiba's (or is it hitachi?) PC's and Id be really happy. Apple wouldn't have to change the thickness of the existing keypad as they could sell an add-on base for the 'floppy' keypad to drop into.

    The final step towards a true desktop replacement would be to make the screen detachable. A couple of sophisticated clipped hinges to detach the lid, put the brains on a shelf off the desktop, reconnect the screen like any other external monitor. The stand could be a minimalist version of an artist's easel ie the screen rests on a couple of 'arms ' at the base, held tight at the top by a 'hook' that slotted into the existing hole for the lid catch. That way there would be no need to change the lid design either.

    The ergonomic advantages of a laptop screen that is adjustable up and down and a non-flat keyboard would make the Powerbook truly user friendly.
  7. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

    Nov 1, 2001
    Docking station for the laptops is probably something that they really should work on. I have a TiPB and at work and I have a keyboard and mouse hooked up - the trackpad and PB keyboard are ok, but not somthing you want to use to do detailed work.

  8. mrjamin macrumors 65816


    Feb 6, 2003
    i reckon an iPod docking station built into the airport basestations would be cool; using your iPod as an MP3 server. Highly unlikely that'll happen with this AAC distribution stuff, i dunno. although there was a rumour a while ago that there's a airport exteme docking station on its way - so presumably you could mount it and play tracks from it?
  9. Winston Smith macrumors regular

    Feb 14, 2003
    I want to see a home hub sysytem where one Pro Mac acts as the home server streaming music, video and traditional appl's to tablets, stereos, TV's around the home wirelessly. I'm sure you can add to the list of devices add nauseum.
    This machine built to sit in with Hi-Fi separates would replace a DVD player, Video recorder, CD player, perhaps Apple could even do 5.1 properly and it could replace the Amp!?:eek:
    TV's could be displays but better tablets in varying sizes that could be docked as a desktop (with wireless keyboard etc.) and to recharge or used as a laptop anywhere in the house.
    In fact forget the TV it only needs to be a display now so bring on the 48''+ Cinema display:cool:

    Furthermore I believe this is all pretty much possible now and has plenty of business uses.
  10. Schiffi macrumors 6502a


    May 22, 2003
    Yeah, 5.1 sound incorporated into macs could help.

    No Tablets. Why? PC tablets aren't doing too well. I mean, noone wants a PDA the size of a LCD screen. It's just as handy as a iBook or pBook is.

    Figure a way to get DVD-RW into pBooks.

    Design eh? Make pBooks exteror match the iPod. Or the iBooks.

    Improved pBook latching system

    Animated apple logo on back. Kinda like displaying an icon/graphic through the use of LCD.

    Computers are small enough, instead of making the iMac on a stand, build the entire computer into and LCD. That would really confuse the PC guys.

    More importently, over design, improve hardware. There are thousands of developers for the PC and frankly Apple is being left behind.
  11. kiwi_the_iwik thread starter macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2001
    London, UK
  12. wms121 macrumors regular

    Mar 1, 2003
    NASA needs an "NMac"

    and I submitted this idea some time back..to an Apple outlet.

    But its still valid.

    Consider SGI's laptop offerings and the recent titantium macs..

    1) Box supports full artificial intelligence.

    2) Both Optical wireless and RF wireless.

    3) Either contains a 256 bit processor or can emulate one.

    4) Primarily designed as a "portable network server"..but has
    many other uses.

    5) May have a 'floating power' option...receives power over the
    air ...or optically..susefull for space missions etc..(or on the
    ground at NASA IT centers)

    6) Preferred box for 6th generation artificial intelligence..and
    could generate hologrammic voices and images.

    7) Could fully handle 1 Terabyte/second network speeds.

    8) Version for Major TV networks (ABC, HBO etc..) using HDTV.

    9) Fully satifies Marvin Minsky's definition of a "Spock box".

    (i.e. sample 23rd century system...est cost over 25K 2003 bucks)

    Build one just for Steve guys ; )
  13. job macrumors 68040


    Jan 25, 2002
    in transit

    If any new Apple products have one of these (see below) things in them, I don't care if they have the ergonomics of a large rock.

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  14. Raiwong macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2003
    I want a 15" widescreen ibook

    something realistic in the near future-

    - same good value unlike pb

    - 1ghz G3 Sahara

    - touchscreen ( detachable pen form the top of the display slot like) (F11 ejects pen)

    - nice cheap white pearly color, not expensive but nice enough to impress

    - removable display, lcd has a side plug use included adapter to input video to removed LCD. Pretty neat huh plugs back into the video out of the ibook. ( This is because ibook displays are thick)

    - Display comes with a stand (optional wall hanger) or you can choose to hold it like a tablet, of course the wire has to be there, and only touchscreen is usable.

    - Same nice tray drive, I don't like slot drives but DVD-RW is included

    - The keyboard can glow with a white layer of diodes through the keyboard ( drians battery like crap)

    - TV tuner for once no more damn expensive eyetv

    - Bluetooth and normal airport

    - bigger square shaped speakers

    - thickness remains the same.

    Now you can configure your computer set up what ever you like. Read mac rumors from a wall with a keyboard in your lap. there still has to be a wire though because its impossible for displays to be wireless, just isn't good enough. The wire can be really long so you can have the ibook on a table while your in the bed checking your email with your ridiculously thin display or watching a movie.
  15. mgargan1 macrumors 65816


    Feb 22, 2003
    Reston, VA
    all wireless!!! i mean everything... keyboard, monitor, speakers, everything but the power i guess (that would be too hard)... anyway...

    a cool new processor maybe even made by apple (256bit) 4GHz+ of course... the processor would run so cool, that it does not even need a fan. It would have 256k of L1 cache, 2MB L2 cache, and 20MB of L3 cache at the same speed of the processor. it would have a fanless video card that would be made by Nvidia, and ATI... the new card would be called the Radeonforce X2. It would have 1024 but memory, have a 2Ghz core, it would process 5 trillion polygons per second. The new computer would have a new case in the shape of a sphere that was on top of a little stand, and the sphere would hover above the little stand, it would have 450 GB of flash memory, have a new blue laser cd burner, and blue laser dvd burner combo... the mouse would be 2 button, and have a wheel on it. As well as the keyboard having a del. key. The OS would run any windows application flawlessly; maybe they'll call it OS11? Also the whole sphere would glow in the dark, and pulsate when it's sleeping. Oh and by the way, did i mention that the computer is going to cost $500...

    I'd like see this computer be made
  16. G5orbust macrumors 65816


    Jun 14, 2002

    my God.... why must you post this? You seriously have to lay off of the halucinagenic narcotics and get real. If you arent going to be serious about your postings, dont post at all. :mad:

    Anyways, I would only hope for the 970's. Anything else besides them is delving into the realm of fiction (like the Radeonforce X2 garbage.....)
  17. mgargan1 macrumors 65816


    Feb 22, 2003
    Reston, VA
    i was just dreamin' the only thing that I would really like on the new mac's, whatever they may bring, would be a 6 in 1 memory card reader built into the system...
  18. cb911 macrumors 601


    Mar 12, 2002
    BrisVegas, Australia
    what? wouldn't you like to see that made?

    yeah, a "few-in-one" memory card reader woule be good, i guess Memory Stick, Compact Flash, SD Memory cards (the main ones) would be handy to have.

    i'm not sure about detachable screens though. they seem to me like they would make the whole computer feel a bit flimsy... although i'm sure Apple would do a really good job with it. ;) :)

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