'Large Screen iPod Touch Device' in Fall of 2009?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    TechCrunch claims to have heard from three independent sources that Apple will be releasing a "large screen iPod touch device" with a 7-9 inch screen. According to the site, one of their sources have actually seen and handled one of the prototypes.
    The new device is said to be compatible with the applications in the App Store and is expected to be released in the Fall of 2009.

    While TechCrunch does not frequently report on original Apple rumors, the information is consistent with historically reliable sources that Apple was working on a mini-tablet or PDA-like device about 1.5x the size of the current iPhone.

    Article Link: 'Large Screen iPod Touch Device' in Fall of 2009?
  2. BigD58 macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2008
    North Carolina
  3. jfriedman8 macrumors 6502

    Feb 8, 2008
    So, if the app store is the deciding factor we're looking at a glorified iPhone/ iPod Touch.... Great.
  4. cshale210 macrumors member

    Nov 8, 2007
  5. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    I guess my question is how do you carry that and why is that better than a small laptop? It's too big for a pocket, you need to carry it laptop-style anyway, but it'll have a smaller screen than a laptop and probably no physical keyboard and less ports, so where's the advantage?
  6. Solemony macrumors 6502


    Nov 26, 2008
    That'd be nice..I'm thinking of getting one on my Birthday next year..
  7. 137489 Guest


    Nov 6, 2007
    Would be nice, maybe this is their answer to the netbook / net-tablet. Lets hope that it has some USB ports. I would really like one with OS X, that I can run iwork and a few other apps on.
  8. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Bingo. The ONLY point in a larger touchscreen device comes with the 13.3" MacTablet (like the one in my sig).

    Runs full OS X, slab format, full multitouch interface... It's like a ModBook, only far better.
  9. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Seems the iPod Touch would be bordering on a netbook. Now, I don't tend to wear pants with pockets 7" wide, but I've seen kids with pants that could carry a small army in the ass. Maybe that's the target demographic.
  10. ageis macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2007
    This would be an sys admin's dream, saying it could run OS X or at least a few key apps. Managing networking and systems on an iphone is borderline impossible. Doing it on my airbook is by far the best solution to date, but something smaller and versatile would be amazing. 7-9" tablet + touch screen + stylus ability + terminal = sold for me
  11. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    Sounds like MacWorld is going to better than just Phill Schiller explaining (making excuses) about why Steve himself couldn't be there. :D
  12. MacGohil macrumors regular


    Feb 25, 2008
    Auckland, NZ
  13. Rocketman macrumors 603


    Apple Tablet Not Nano (ATNN) confirmed?

  14. MikhailT macrumors 601

    Nov 12, 2007
    Awesome, can't wait for this.

    One of the advantages of having this for me is to read ebooks, especially PDFs and email/web browsing around the house or in car/plane/subway/trains without taking out my 17" mbp.

    With wireless, it could be used as a thin client as well, worth using for SysAdmins like me who brings laptop to clients all around the building.

    Of course the biggest problem is going to be the battery, as long as it is more than 3 hours it should be an awesome thin client.
  15. Rocketman macrumors 603


    Satellite convo where Steve says either "good job", or better yet, "one more thing"!!

  16. scarletbiro macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2005
    Yes please

    I have no need of this. I probably couldn't afford it safely. I already have an iPod Touch and a PowerBook.

    Yet I feel strangely drawn to it, like a moth to a lightbulb. WOULD BUY
  17. funkyc macrumors regular


    Sep 20, 2008
    that just means ur a fanboy haha
    don't worry i was thinking the same thing lol
    this is what went through my mind: 'hmmm tablet huh? that's kinda useless....i'd so much prefer a netbook with a keyboard and a touchscreen, now that i would actually use....but hey i'd probably buy one anyway...just coz it'd be cool :)
  18. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    Yes it would.

    Much easier than carrying around a laptop.

    Agree. As electronic magazines and publications become more popular, this would be an added benefit.

    I think that is a common trait of many on MR. :D
  19. rickeym macrumors member

    Nov 4, 2005
    Must not Want, must not want.........me want, me want. :apple:
  20. commander.data macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2006
    So analysts say there will be an iPhone Nano and now an iPod Touch Mega in addition to the regular iPhone/Touch. So much for hitting the same home run over and over.:rolleyes:

    And a bigger Touch just to run App Store apps isn't really useful. It'll have to run full OS X and regular apps, but then there is the touch interface issue.
  21. JAQ macrumors 6502

    May 13, 2008
    Purgatory MI
    "Prototype" does not equal "Future Product".

    Apple (and Dell and HP and so on) have a lot of things they are working on that will never be fully developed and released as products.
  22. cash4chaos macrumors member


    Jun 27, 2007
    campbell ca
    Just what I want !

    My friend and I were talking about this kind of device today !
    Hope it has usb to load pictures on . And wouldn't it be cool if it had a sim card 3g slot !!!! :apple::D
  23. 137489 Guest


    Nov 6, 2007
    Other than gaming... If it is thin enough, think of people who could use it in a portfolio. Imagine OS X (inkwell / handwriting recognition), and if it has enough ram and storage; imagine having all your docs in a mini portfolio rather than an entire laptop bag. great for sales people on the go.

    Sorry, did not have time for a proper photoshop.

    then couple that with the slide in docking patent that led to people producing this mockup (yes I googled this one)


    Sound like a winner to me. If I had that and my livescribe pulse smart pen, who would need regular paper anymore.

    Then I would have this and everything I need on the road. No more laptop bag.

    just imagine having this tucked into a little journal sized portfolio (thus the need for 1 or 2 USB ports - for the cradle and loading my apps).


    Can someone with time and who is good with photoshop take my attached thumbnail of the tablet in a journal and hook it to the liverscribe pulse pen? this would give you what I mean.
  24. brad.c macrumors 68020


    Aug 23, 2004
    50.813669°, -2.474796°
    That would fill the future gadget hole that will coincide with the end of my iPod's AppleCare coverage (and inevitable breakage forthwith), and the economic recovery in 2010 that I'll need to justify another purchase.
  25. Eric S. macrumors 68040

    Eric S.

    Feb 1, 2008
    Santa Cruz Mountains, California
    They may have built a prototype but it's highly unlikely this is going to become a product any time soon.

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