Tablet called iPad, has TV tuner

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  1. supergod macrumors 6502

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    The iPad will have a digital TV tuner/recorder. It will not display the image full screen ever. People might be surprised by this decision. This is because there will always be onscreen touch controls no matter what the application, and they will be visible at all times. The touch control will be an evolution of the OSX dock, adding extra dimensionality. In other words it will look like an ipod, in 3D, on the side of the display at all times. On this touch controller will be all the most needed controls as well as documents and apps that have recently been used. The finder will be replaced by an app launcher, similar to iPhone.

    When I say this btw, I mean that this is going to be starting on the iPad and then going system wide with OSX. The iPad will have full OSX. Everyone who is speculating on it being somehow an "enhanced iPhone" have not really taken into account the large 9" screen space and the practicalities of displaying seperate windowed content simultaneously.

    It can be held either vertically or horizontally but turning it to a vertical position automatically opens the app launcher/switcher and configures windows into an expose grid where you can then select a window to go fullsize. The vertical screen is easier to type on with your thumbs as a touch keyboard and one easy way to do this is to rest it against your knees. The screen will have a wide enough viewing angle to see it clearly from this position.

    Expose as well as window usage will be greatly simplified. Applications will run at a virtual resolution of 480x320 in horizontal application or 600x800 in vertical full screen. The touch keyboard will be rendered below the app, freeing up more space to display more content than on iPhone. The apps will not need to be re-written beyond the added code of the new touch keyboard interface. A full screen version of the app will simply display more content than the horizontal app: it will not be functionally any different at all as the display needs to quickly switch windows between two modes by "morphing" them.

    The touch keyboard will have haptic response. This is possible because the haptic zone is used as a full keyboard when in the vertical mode and is then only partly used for the media selectors when in the horizontal mode. During gaming the haptic touch area becomes a controller. The screen will be slightly sensitive to touch (not as sensitive as wacom but able to distinctly judge different degrees of finger pressure) and by pressing harder on the pad you will cause the controls to input a higher amount, ie analog control. Since the pad is being rendered on the screen you can get it to change colours slightly with pressure change in order to provide more responsiveness. Because the display can be rotated, this controller can be used with any hand. Controls can be interactive by incorporating shaking and tilting to further add complexity: for instance, a game in which the controller pad controls directionally movement while shaking the screen jumps and tilting it fires a weapon in the direction being tilted.

    Because the iPad will have a camera and microphone system built into the screen it allows for a strong degree of online immersion in videogames. Players will be able to photograph their faces to use as a character mask as well as to communicate with other players easily in real time. All the player data will be managed by an application called, I **** you not, Asteroid. The iPad will come preloaded with five visually updated classic arcade games designed for the graphical capabilities of the system and all current iPhone games will be available if the developer updates them to work. Iphone games will run in either horizontal or vertical full screen mode with the graphics enlarged and anti-aliased. Games designed for iPad will run in full screen vertical or horizontal modes, depending on whether they are text heavy adventure games that need a full keyboard, or more cinematic fare. Because there is less physical response from the screen and haptics than from buttons, games will have less physical strain on the hands and this will compensate for the lack of or directional control. Two player games will be possible due to the larger screen size, including the classic Pong.

    I would put up a pic but you'll see it soon enough anyways. Any specific questions about it?;)
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    yea, what gives you any credibility?:rolleyes:

    classic.... in other words, you have no picture
     
  3. supergod thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Credibility?

    Haha, if I had any credentials I probably would've stated them wouldn't I?

    How about some believability buddy. Believe and it will come :)
     
  4. marksman macrumors 603

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    Your name is supergod.

    That seems like good enough credentials to me.

    I like the classic games. What can we expect? I know it was not the most popular, but I think something like Joust would really bring in a strong audience and be one of the killer apps to get the product moving.
     
  5. Big Dave macrumors 6502

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    The TV Tuner intrigues me. Will it be for over the air signals? It would be awesome if it could receive Directv or Dish Network. I seriously doubt there is that much technology in the device though. That would be industry changing.
     
  6. robfromabove macrumors regular

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    Sounds convincing, save for the digital TV tuner. That would sabotage the last what, three years now? that they've been convincing TV networks to sell their shows via iTunes. I don't buy it.
     
  7. fishmoose macrumors 68000

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    And Steve Job's will deliver it to your door if your order it within 10 minutes after the announcement.
     
  8. Peace macrumors Core

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    Funny. Comcast seems to be rolling out "new features" in it's guide come Jan 27th.
     
  9. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

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    That was a rather intriguing description. I got a couple of questions for you though.

    - What is the expected battery life?
    - CPU?
    - iChat?
    - Does it have a home button?
     
  10. Arran macrumors 68040

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    Was thinking that myself, but then they put a radio tuner in the latest nano. I have one and it's a good tuner. Let's me pause live broadcasts (while it records) and listen later.

    A few years ago I didn't think we'd see radio since it would undermine music sales.
     
  11. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

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    The radio was added because the iPod was lagging feature-wise behind the touch.
     
  12. Arran macrumors 68040

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    I don't think the touch has a radio. Or do you mean that the the nano's cumulative feature count was lagging?

    One thing about the Nano's radio is that it lets you "tag" tunes live and then look them up (and presumably buy) later. Perhaps a TV tuner would do the same? Surf TV on the go without a data connection, discvover a program and tag it to buy later on iTunes?

    Not to mention that off-air picture quality is fantastic. You can get live news and weather updates, provided you hunt around and endure all the fluff and padding in local TV.
     
  13. Alectric macrumors regular

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    Either Supergod has some real info here or he's quit the convincing one.:)

    OP, I have one question. Will the back of the "iPad" be touch sensitive?
     
  14. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    TV tuner. LOLz. Think about it, do you really think Apple is going to give you a free way to view content that they sell in the iTS?


    What does Comcast have to do with this? :confused:
     
  15. t0mat0 macrumors 603

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    Any more details?
    Is 2010 the kick off battle between DTV and MediaFLO from Qualcomm? I liked the concept of Mophie hooking up with them for an iPhone, but if you could get that for a Tablet - the tablet can be a portable TV to boot.
     
  16. supergod thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Back of the iPad will not be touch sensitive. That was total dis-info. The screen bezel will also not be touch sensitive. The only part that is touch sensitive is the screen, but as I said the side/bottom area of the screen will feature a haptic touch response.

    There won't be a home button. That will be accomplished by the new app launcher, which makes use of gestures anywhere on the screen as well as a set selection area that resembles a deeper dock.

    There will a subscription to view channels which will cost $1 each per month. That way you only need to order what you want: sports, food, comedy, etc. TV shows can be purchased on the iTab through iTunes which will then be available for all that users devices: ie iPhone, apple TV, etc. Only a small reference file will be stored on the devices memory: streaming technology is used to push the show to the iPad.

    The iPad will come with 32gb or 64gb flash memory. It needs this much in order to accommodate heavy app users, as well as storage of files that are not stored on iTunes.

    It will have a mini display port. The only other ports are a dock connector and a magsafe connector: they're keeping things completely proprietary on this one so that it doesn't end up getting used with accessories that aren't apple cert.

    It will have an expected battery life of 8 hours playing full HD video and can stay in sleep mode for 48 hours.
     
  17. techfreak85 macrumors 68040

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    But the tablet is probably not even going to be released that day though.:confused:
    I call unrelated.
     
  18. bearcatrp macrumors 68000

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    So, does this iPad have a single or dual core processor? No USB port to connect with cell carriers with there USB stick? What's the price going to be?
     
  19. Surely Guest

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    Uh huh......

    Nice mash up of all of the available rumors with some additional theories of your own.

    Longer doesn't mean believable, but I guess you have nothing to lose by pretending to be in the know.

    You must have seen this new device at that Apple campus at Yonge and Dundas:rolleyes:
     
  20. marksman macrumors 603

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    I am not sure why people continue to doubt you supergod.

    As far as I can tell you have never been wrong.
     
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    OP, is your source that when you called the Yorkdale Apple Store again, the manager was on a video-conference again and couldn't come to the phone?
     
  23. yegon macrumors 68020

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    I was an atheist before I read the op.

    Nothing's changed :)
     
  24. supergod thread starter macrumors 6502

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    looooool. All I know from my source is apparently he gets everything from your mother.
     
  25. supergod thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So what do you think. Most elaborate your mother joke ever?
     

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