Tablet Mac Coming in Fall 2008?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Jason O'Grady revives rumors of a tablet Mac in his 'The Apple Core' blog today with claims that the long-rumored Mac Tablet would finally be arriving later this year.

    Specifically, he believes that Apple will announce a 12" or 13" tablet "in the fall" of this year. The Mac Tablet will reportedly run full Mac OS X, a slot loading Superdrive, 'iPhone-type' GPS chip and an Intel Core Duo processor.

    O'Grady believes September or October as the most likely months for the launch of the device and claims that his source "has been reliable in the past". While this rumor may overlap with earlier rumors of an Apple PDA, they appear to detail different features. The earlier PDA rumors suggested more of a larger iPhone rather than a tablet-ized Mac as O'Grady suggests.


    Images from an Apple Patent from 2005
    Rumors of a tablet Mac always spark a debate about practicality of the tablet form factor. Regardless, it's clear that Apple has been working on a tablet Mac over the years with numerous patents depicting such a device.

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  2. mwxiao macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2007
    I don't think so.

    Apple is focusing on iPhone. I don't think they have more energy on Mac.
  3. UCLA-Bruin macrumors member


    Feb 19, 2008
    no service contract required means development independent of cell phone providers. also it fits into a unique market. you would buy this thing and still need an iphone and laptop and desktop. why not? priced at $799.
  4. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
  5. David G. macrumors 65816

    Apr 10, 2007
    Why no Core 2 Duo processor?
  6. cRuNcHiE macrumors 6502a

    Jan 2, 2007
  7. trip1ex macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2008
    Interesting, but I would have to doubt it.

    I just don't see the market there for one.

    And I can't imagine why I would need one.

    Plus Apple seems to have their hands full with the new iPhone and everything else.

    Of course if they make it a bigger cousin of the iPhone then maybe it's doable.

    I definitely don't see a reason to put a super drive in it. If they aren't putting a super drive in the MB Air then why would they in a tablet?
  8. SirOmega macrumors 6502a

    Apr 17, 2006
    Las Vegas
    I just want bluetooth so I can tether to an iPhone for internet access out in the field. It'd be great to have one out doing data collection.
  9. SodiumBenzoate macrumors regular

    Feb 10, 2008
    I'm not a big fan of tablet PCs - I don't have any use for them - but it is an up-and-coming market, so I wouldn't be surprised if Apple comes out with one in the speculated timeframe.
  10. orbital macrumors member


    Apr 18, 2006
    Why do illustrations for patents have to looks so bad?
  11. SodiumBenzoate macrumors regular

    Feb 10, 2008
    They're not meant for marketing, they're meant to outline an idea in as clear a way as possible.
  12. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    I wish the illustration had a black turtle neck sweater on the person.
  13. SodiumBenzoate macrumors regular

    Feb 10, 2008
  14. MrT8064 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2006
    If the air doesnt have a CD drive, NO WAY this will...
  15. husJAF macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2007
    Sounds cool but I don't see why they would put a superdrive into a tablet if they didn't have one for the MBA...

    Wonder what gestures they'll integrate into OSX, can't wait :D
  16. bbydon macrumors 6502a

    May 18, 2005
    the ZDnet article was still quoting that german intel executive "Germany CEO Hannes Schwaderer spilled the beans that an “iPhone” that will be using Intel’s new Atom processor after which he was quickly corrected by Apple. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire indeed."

    But i thought that was debunked and that he never even mentioned apple using Atom
  17. neven macrumors 6502a

    Oct 10, 2006
    Portland, OR
    Because you don't want to reveal too much of the actual design and give your competition a heads up. It's not marketing - it's disclosure you have to begrudgingly make. You want to make your product look as unappealing as possible - hence the ugly anatomy of people and the early 1980s look of the whole thing.

    Also, a tablet with a SuperDrive? They just introduced the Air, a laptop with no optical drive, but they'd put one in a tablet Mac?
  18. hhaeschen macrumors regular

    Jan 1, 2008
    Nobody needs a laptop and a tablet and a desktop. It's more like either or.
  19. iSee macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2004
    Does Jason O'Grady have a good record on rumors? His source "has been reliable in the past", after all...
  20. neven macrumors 6502a

    Oct 10, 2006
    Portland, OR
    He mentioned it as a "possible use". He might have said that because he was aware of a pending deal, but that's unlikely. He just used a bad example, and I'm sure he heard from both Intel and Apple about it.
  21. SodiumBenzoate macrumors regular

    Feb 10, 2008
    I wouldn't rule it out, but you're right, it doesn't really fit. Tablets are almost universally low-power thin-and-lights, so why would Apple go in a different direction with this than the MBA?
  22. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2006
    Nice, Star Trek Overlay. I hear yah.

    I think the Tablet Mac is a a very real possibility.

    I expect it will do great integrative things with other apple devices from iTV to Mac Pros.
  23. steadivision macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2006
  24. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    He ran/runs, and has had both ups and downs regarding rumors. He was targeted in Apple's Asteroid lawsuit, but also the source of the Plasma TV rumor which wasn't true.

    In the end, I trust him that if he says he has a reliable source, I believe him. (vs some random blog who says the same, I would not necessarily believe it)


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