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Apple Touch-Screen Netbook?

CmdrTaco posted more than 5 years ago | from the heard-this-before dept.

Technology (Apple) 291

je ne sais quoi writes "The Apple rumor mill is churning today. Reuters and the DOW Jones news wire are reporting that an anonymous source in Taiwan has leaked that Apple has ordered some 10-inch touch-screens from WinTek, the maker of the touch-screen for the iPhone. It looks like an Apple netbook could possibly be in the works for a delivery date in Q3 of this year, in time for back-to-school sales. CNET and Engadget have completely unsubstantiated mock-ups."

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Touchbook (2, Interesting)

Fri13 (963421) | more than 5 years ago | (#27152315)

I would not bet the "Netbook" has a keyboard. More like small 10" tablet what has virtual keyboard.

But actually I am not believing this "inside news" at all.

Re:Touchbook (1)

quickOnTheUptake (1450889) | more than 5 years ago | (#27152573)

Yeah I still think things like this [slashdot.org] are a dumb idea. I just don't get how they will be usable (mainly being big and clumsy: do you really want to hold a 10" monster in one arm and try to navigate with the other?). Then again, Apple has a good track-record or making things that are quite usable so I'm kind of excited to see what they come up with (if it pans out).

Re:Touchbook (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27153087)

Do you really want to hold a 10" monster in one arm and try to navigate with the other?

Your mom can do it quite well...

Re:Touchbook (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27153219)

Yo mama so poor, I saw her kickin' a can down the street and I asked her what she was doing. She said, "we're moving."

Yo mama so dumb, she got hit by a parked car.

Yo mama so dumb, she fucked yo daddy!

Yo mama so fat, she wore a Malcolm X t-shirt and helicopters thought she was a landing pad.

Re:Touchbook (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27153287)

If quickOnTheUptake matched his handle, he'd have replied:

Yes, you're right, my dad _is_ built like a horse! One of the characteristics I inherited from him, btw.

Re:Touchbook (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27153819)

Your father WAS a horse. Now he is holding my table leg together.

Already THAT far? (5, Funny)

denzacar (181829) | more than 5 years ago | (#27152973)

I would not bet the "Netbook" has a keyboard. More like small 10" tablet what has virtual keyboard.

But actually I am not believing this "inside news" at all.

We are at step 4 already? [misterbg.org]

Re:Touchbook (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 5 years ago | (#27153979)

The whole thing is being blown out of proportion...

They are not making netbooks or touchbooks.

they are making HUGE iphones.

iPhone 3.0 bigger and on a gold chain for the Rappers YO!

Who wants this? (3, Insightful)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 5 years ago | (#27152351)

Obviously I am not in the market for one of these netbooks, but, I'm just wondering, WHO is the large target audience for these small screened, underpowered computers?

Is it for people that ONLY do a little websurfing and email? Even with that...why not pony up just a few more $$ and get a real laptop?

This is a question in general about the netbooks, not just the Apple one.

Re:Who wants this? (4, Insightful)

nicolas.kassis (875270) | more than 5 years ago | (#27152407)

Cause they already have a laptop but it's a pain to carry the thing around for your average meeting or what not. Plus, tons of people get them for college since they are cheap. The couple hundred bucks does make a difference. And they aren't really that underpowered. 2 years ago a mini9 would have been a perfectly good laptop.

Re:Who wants this? (2, Informative)

Sabathius (566108) | more than 5 years ago | (#27152993)

Exactly. And just to set the record straight, the new Asus 1000he has the new Atom 280 micro and 9 hour (advertised...probably more like 8 and change) battery life. These highly portable computers are seeming more like a viable option and less like toys all the time.

Re:Who wants this? (5, Insightful)

chunk08 (1229574) | more than 5 years ago | (#27153553)

I'm currently looking at getting a netbookas a college student. Not because of cost concerns, but simply because I want something to type notes on with a battery life that will work for my 7 consecutive hours of lecture. There are uses for these things, not every computer has to be able to run folding@home, Crysis, and my web server at the same time.

Re:Who wants this? (1)

thetartanavenger (1052920) | more than 5 years ago | (#27153321)

I've also heard good battery life. A friend has one and she claims it lasts for 8 hours with general use, seriously wish my laptop lasted that long.

Re:Who wants this? (5, Funny)

Spazztastic (814296) | more than 5 years ago | (#27152417)

WHO is the large target audience for these small screened, underpowered computers?

*cough*porn*cough*

Re:Who wants this? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27153833)

WHO is the large target audience for these small screened, underpowered computers?

*cough*porn*cough*

Aw, come on! In those tiny little screens, everything looks like midget pr0n!

Re:Who wants this? (2, Interesting)

FlyingSquidStudios (1031284) | more than 5 years ago | (#27152497)

Ease of portability with a keyboard that can conceivably reach standard keyboard typing speeds is a big draw along with low power consumption to people who do a lot of writing. In the pre-netbook days, I used to have a Vadem Clio [amazon.com] tablet which, despite its inadequacies (the biggest being the RS-232 port for transfer in a USB age), was terrific for taking places to write. The battery lasted for hours, it weighed next to nothing and it wasn't all that expensive compared to a full-sized notebook so I wasn't as worried about banging it around or getting it stolen. I added a wi-fi card to it and it enabled me to be extremely productive.

Re:Who wants this? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27152503)

I'm a writer. If this device is executed well, it's exactly what I want. I want to be able to pull it out of my pocket, hit a button, jot down a note. I want to be able to surf the web at the coffee shop and jot down notes right on the screen.

In other words, I hope the thing is a true tablet and uses a stylus, but the OS is similar to the iPhone OS. That would be perfect for me and I'd buy one immediately.

Re:Who wants this? (2, Informative)

geekoid (135745) | more than 5 years ago | (#27152525)

Hospital charting, Warehousing are jsut two industryies where someone walks around caring charts.
Weight is very important.

For home use, they could be used to allow guests to check their email quickly.

I could us one to check my systems, a task I do not need a heavy awkward laptop to do.

Re:Who wants this? (2, Interesting)

nojayuk (567177) | more than 5 years ago | (#27153513)

Hospital use -- how do you disinfect it? Will it survive being wiped down with astringent cleaning solutions several times a day?

Warehousing -- drop it several times on a concrete floor from a metre up, landing on all four corners. Does it survive that experience and continue to function OK?

There are portable data-logging devices that will survive that sort of treatment (and worse) and they're available today, but they don't come cheap. Any Apple netbook-type device is not going to find much of a market in those sorts of areas.

Re:Who wants this? (1)

Jason Levine (196982) | more than 5 years ago | (#27152589)

We were looking at buying a Netbook for an upcoming trip to Disney World. Taking one of our laptops is possible, but they wouldn't fit in the room's safe and would be bulkier to travel with. Of course, since Disney doesn't provide free Internet access (it's $10 per day for wired access) and since we have so much planned for our stay there (our two kids' first time at Disney World and our first real family vacation since our first child was born in 2003), we'd be unlikely to use the computer much. In the end, other costs (new car to replace my failing old car and new fridge to replace our failing old fridge) have rendered $300-400 for a NetBook that we'll likely use only a few times per year too expensive.

Re:Who wants this? (4, Insightful)

prefec2 (875483) | more than 5 years ago | (#27152623)

The good things about netbooks are:

- They are cheap
- They normally run hours without a recharge
- They are small and lightweight so it's easy to carry them around
- For most day by day tasks they are good enough
- They boot fast, so it's more or less like using a real notebook (I mean these paper pencil things)

The bad things are:
- The screen is too small to do big tasks
- They cannot be used for complex calculation problems
- They have not enough storage for your torrented movie collection

But the important thing is, netbooks are gadgets. They are cheap and they are good at the tasks they are designed to do. They are not fully fledged work machines. But hey, a fun car is not a truck either.

Re:Who wants this? (2, Interesting)

rinoid (451982) | more than 5 years ago | (#27153053)

My iPhone is my netbook.

It's small, cheap, fits in my pocket, makes phone calls, plays music, videos, and games, reads documents, surfs the web, checks multiple email accounts, takes pictures, posts pictures, controls my home media center (a mini connected to tv/stereo) with the Remote app.

I never expect it to do anything but the above so the screen size does not bother me when I attempt to say log into my server over SSH, or use a CMS ... but it works in a pinch.

My point is, the netbook niche hasn't sparked a fire from within. I don't currently see a dividend to purchasing a full size laptop, a netbook, and a smart phone.

I can cut out the middle purchase and truly have the best experience and simplify my consumption and gadget life.

---

I am very interested in a device that isn't perhaps a full sized laptop which I could carry around my house reading news, watching movies, and controlling my theatre. I get tired of having the laptop form factor to do all of this. I can imagine something but it probably wouldn't be a product Apple or anyone would introduce unless there was a simple hook a la iPod, iPhone that makes it compelling.

That said, I can understand that netbooks are compelling to some consumers, just not me where it seems like gadget clutter instead.

Re:Who wants this? (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27153347)

the plus side is that all netbooks have copy&paste

Re:Who wants this? (3, Informative)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | more than 5 years ago | (#27153803)

I'd have to agree partially, but the iPhone/iPod touch does have some serious limitations. I was using my iPod Touch this past weekend to update Twitter from a high school championship sporting event--yeah, I finally found a way to make Twitter useful--and the keyboard is not very good at all when you're trying to type quickly & accurately. None of the Twitter clients on the iPhone support landscape orientation, making typing a real pain in the neck. Also, how long is Apple going to be stubborn on the whole copy/paste issue? There were some LONG URL's I wanted to link to but couldn't. Both of these issues really slowed me down quite a bit. Don't get me wrong, I love my iPod Touch, but I don't think it would give a small netbook a run for it's money as far as being able to quickly enter data is concerned. Even an OLPC [laptop.org] would have done a better job in this particular instance.

Re:Who wants this? (1)

Glytch (4881) | more than 5 years ago | (#27153259)

If Apple comes out with either a tablet or a netbook, I would be extremely surprised if it cost less than $1000.

Re:Who wants this? (3, Informative)

truthsearch (249536) | more than 5 years ago | (#27153857)

Their lowest-end laptop currently costs $999. So a tablet or netbook would almost definitely cost less.

Re:Who wants this? (2, Insightful)

AvitarX (172628) | more than 5 years ago | (#27152663)

Funny I thought the exact opposite.

I wonder who is the target for large over-powered laptops. I mean, they don't have enough power to do real work, they're big and bulky too.

Use a desktop when called for, and a small thing you can cart around should be a netbook.

Re:Who wants this? (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 5 years ago | (#27153405)

"I wonder who is the target for large over-powered laptops. I mean, they don't have enough power to do real work, they're big and bulky too."

Hmm...I consider them to be powerful enough to do real work. I'm looking to get one of the new macbook pros, the 15" model.It is powerful enough to run windows in VM (I really only need windows for a few things like Quickbooks), and any other real computer applications I need...some coding, scripting, etc.

I guess another thing I don't see about the small netbooks, and possibly it is my age...the screens are TOO damned small to do much reading. Ok, I've slipped recently into the 'reading glasses' crowd now, but, geez...even before that, I couldn't see how people could squint at a small screen for so long, unless they ran the resolutions so low that you basically had 3 characters at a time on the screen.

Re:Who wants this? (1)

AGSHender (696890) | more than 5 years ago | (#27152699)

With a glass touchscreen on an underpowered system, I'm part of their target audience. I want a system like that in my kitchen to use while cooking: displaying the recipes I'm following, streaming video, streaming audio, but with a screen that I don't worry about ruining with splatters or smudges.

Re:Who wants this? (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 5 years ago | (#27153269)

"With a glass touchscreen on an underpowered system, I'm part of their target audience. I want a system like that in my kitchen to use while cooking: displaying the recipes I'm following, streaming video, streaming audio, but with a screen that I don't worry about ruining with splatters or smudges."

Hmm...but, that's what I used older computers for. I pretty much have at least one computer in almost every room at this point, once I get a mythtv client box by each tv, which I put in every room...then I'll have coverage.

I love a computer in the kitchen too...but, I guess I forget everyone doesn't just have multiple computers from over the years, and reuses them.

I figure the spares or older boxes are good enough to do email and surfing....and my latest and greatest...is for real computing. I'd just never seen a reason to get a new, lower end box when an older lower powered one is free for that type of usage, around the house that is.

Re:Who wants this? (1)

Eric in SF (1030856) | more than 5 years ago | (#27153699)

My power bill went down noticeably when I turned off 2 old computers that were running 24/7 for tasks like you describe. Those old 350 watt power supplies are expensive to run 24/7 compared to a netbook-type device.

Re:Who wants this? (1)

David Gerard (12369) | more than 5 years ago | (#27152753)

Because even a 12" laptop is too heavy and unwieldy to carry *everywhere*. A 9" laptop is another matter.

Uberportable is important (2, Interesting)

dazedNconfuzed (154242) | more than 5 years ago | (#27153169)

Indeed! I've had two Sony ultraportable notebooks (10" screens). Being able to easily take it everywhere is practically life-changing. Allowing that a few functions were limited (i.e.: serious gaming), computing became available to me wherever a regular notebook (and certainly desktops) couldn't. Pricy, yes, but worth it.

Marching technology forward, prices have dropped and general use requirements have plateaued, leading to the sudden discovery by manufacturers that there is, in fact, huge demand for small light (and now cheap) computers that do most things well, and do them everywhere.

Triangulating this, the iPhone / iPod Touch has shown there's a market even for pocket-sized devices with largely the same capacity. Having gotten a Touch, I've nearly abandoned my aformentioned ultraportable notebook due to (of all things) its relatively large size and inconvenience. That the Touch and iPhone are also iPods is almost coincidental, thanks to the web browsing / email / apps capabilities. Expand the Touch platform into a 7"-10" screen, and bump up the computing power & battery using the extra space, and dang that would sell big. The "virtual keyboard" works fine; maybe not quite as fast as clicking switches, but pretty close - add bluetooth and the keyboard/mouse angle is instantly covered.

Being able to take 90% of your computing needs everywhere, all the time, is huge. Clamshells and keyboards are the big hinderance at this point. A thin multi-touch slate, with instant-on & aggressive connectivity, would sell big. Clicky keyboards are so 20th century...

Re:Who wants this? (1)

na1led (1030470) | more than 5 years ago | (#27152899)

I purchased an Acer Aspire One netbook. They are great to travel with. I do a lot networking for local businesses so it comes in handy. You can purchase a touchscreen kit for these netbooks, it requires taking it apart to install. What ever you do, don't buy a netbook with a small ssd drive in it, get one with a hard drive.

SSD and mobile gadgets are a perfect match. (1)

Glytch (4881) | more than 5 years ago | (#27153563)

The sooner the world abandons spinning platters in things designed to move around, the better. I'll take the capacity and cost tradeoffs in exchange for ruggedness anyday.

Re:Who wants this? (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#27152919)

My lady wants a tablet PC with a Wacom tablet built into the screen, so she can use Painter with it. Anyone know how cheap these get on one hand, and how big they get on the other? It explicitly does not need to be a Mac; it does explicitly need to be a Core 2 Duo (or similar) and have support for 4GB memory, and a SATA-II interface (I intend to install a SSD, if we don't purchase it with one.) But she is an artist. Otherwise it seems like you don't need a very powerful system with your touch screen in most cases; for example I got a DT Research WebDT 360 which is basically just a wireless, fanless thin client with a 8.4" SVGA touch TFT. You can websurf, you can run citrix or remote desktop or a terminal client. Too bad the manufacturer isn't interested in selling to the mass market, they're Geode LX-based and they cost like $1250 and up new. Obviously, I did not pay anywhere near this much :/ But it seems like about the perfect level of power and functionality, and it would be really cheap if produced in more quantity. The fancy tablet PCs seem mostly to end up on eBay. I think most people who buy them do it for the wow factor and not because they have any actual use for the technology, and their money would be better spent on more capabilities, or perhaps even more peripherals. Probably 75% of computer users could get away with having a very small, low-power computer with a few good external peripherals (more storage, optical drive, et cetera) that would be usable on their next small, low-power computer.

Re:Who wants this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27152945)

A) They're not underpowered, not for normal computer use (no games, no compiling gentoo)
B) They really are cheap

I've got a Thinkpad X61s which is getting close to the same form factor, but a new X61s is about 1500â: I'm not throwing that into my bag when I go out, but I just might take the Eee 901 Go. Not only is it 1/4th the price, it also has integrated 3G...

Re:Who wants this? (1)

porcupine8 (816071) | more than 5 years ago | (#27152969)

I'm not necessarily in the market for a "netbook," but I'm very very much in the market for a touchscreen/tablet Mac. I have a friend with a tablet PC and I would LOVE the freedom to switch between typing, writing, and drawing at will. I've been wanting that for a very long time. I've definitely considered saving up the extra $1000 for a ModBook [axiotron.com], but I'd prefer a solution straight from Apple. Though, it looks like the modbooks have gotten a little bit cheaper than last time I looked...

Re:Who wants this? (1)

CannonballHead (842625) | more than 5 years ago | (#27153009)

They're cheap, light, and draw very little power. All good things, depending on what you are using it for.

We got my sister an MSI Wind for Christmas. It works great for what she uses it for - communication, school papers, web browsing, occasional movies or music, and that's about it. She can take it anywhere quite easily (it's small and light), it a while even with the included 3 cell battery, etc. And, frankly, while I don't particularly care, it is pretty nice looking ("cute" if you're female...). Probably most slashdot people that don't use Macs don't particularly care about how it looks, but a lot of people do... and when you can have something that looks cool (or cute) for pretty cheap (read: not spending $2500 for an Apple ...), that's a big plus.

And smaller is all the rage right now. Unless you're watching a lot of movies or doing a lot of heavy application stuff, netbook sseem to be pretty useful, small, convenient, etc.

Re:Who wants this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27153073)

Isn't it obvious? The advantage of a netbook is purely the small size. It's about as small as a laptop can get without abandoning the standard keyboard layout. This is exactly what I need for travelling. All I need from it is ssh to login to my servers, and basic web browsing. Hauling a regular laptop around just for that is overkill.

Frankly, I would never use a 14-15" laptop as my regular computer OR a travel computer. I never could understand the appeal. They're just too big to drag around, and at home, a desktop is better on just about every aspect (screen and keyboard being the two most important). But a netbook (in addition to my regular desktop) -- now that's something I can use.

Re:Who wants this? (3, Insightful)

onefriedrice (1171917) | more than 5 years ago | (#27153229)

This may not apply to you, but most of us don't use our mobile computing devices to simulate weather patterns or crack encryption algorithms. We have beefy desktop or server machines for that, and if we need that power while out and about, we can always just ssh or remote to the powerful machine. Otherwise, a netbook is perfectly capable of everyday tasks with the added benefits of increased mobility and better battery life (i.e. the new eeepc 1000he can get 7-8 hours realistically). As a developer, a netbook isn't my primary machine, but it's perfect for my mobility needs. I'd expect it would be an equally good mobile device for a network admin or student.

You may not be in that target market, but at least now you know who they are. For many (most?) of us, the extra computing power of traditional laptops goes grossly underutilized, so why buy more than you need and get a less mobile computer in return?

Re:Who wants this? (1)

mr_mischief (456295) | more than 5 years ago | (#27153251)

These are not just for web surfing and email. They are for anyone who run lightweight local apps or who works mostly on remote systems who just needs a client. That client might be a web browser, email client, Citrix client, ssh, rdp, vnc, or something else.

A 1.6Ghz processor and 512 MB of RAM was a top-shelf runaway just a few years ago, so I'm not sure why people get the idea that an office suite, ticketing system, warehouse tracking package, contact database, to-do-list, fairly light graphics editing, and even light video editing.

Just because a computer doesn't play Crysis doesn't mean it's not a useful tool. Many computers are purchased by businesses for business use. A business computer has no reason to play the latest games or do high-def video production outside certain industries. Why should a business pay $500 or $700 for a laptop instead of $250 or $350 for a smaller laptop that still runs all the software the user needs?

Females... (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 5 years ago | (#27153335)

My sister plans to get a notebook in the next two months.
BUT... it should be way smaller than dad's, cause that thing is just too huge to carry around.

Notebook in question - 15.4" ACER Aspire.

And yes, she does use her desktop PC just for typing, surfing, e-mail and music.
So, a netbook is about just the right size portable computer for her.

Re:Who wants this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27153369)

People who don't want to lug around a 50 pound monster with a power brick and a battery that gives out every 30 minutes, and don't want to spend $1200 to get a 13" sony vaio notebook.

I bought it because of the size and the pricepoint, not just because of the pricepoint. Sure you can get more features for the price, but it's difficult to get a more portable notebook for the price.

"Underpowered" is also a relative term. I don't find 1.6ghz to be all that sluggish, just as I didn't when 1.6ghz CPUs were first released. Just because Vista is a power hog and games have higher requirements doesn't mean you can't run anything but web and email on a 1.6ghz CPU. It's not a powerhouse, but it's a pretty decent general computer.

Middle of the road devices without keyboards suck, carrying around a huge laptop bag in order to carry a laptop also sucks. Sure, I need a bag, but it fits quite comfortably in my messenger bag which I carry to work anyway. You can get a DVD player sleeve and stow it away. If it breaks, it's cheap enough to be reasonably replaceable as well.

I had a 15" laptop a while back, I would never go back to that from this. I hardly ever even used my other laptop, because I never had it, because I didn't feel like carrying the big bulky POS.

It's about portability, battery life, and cost. That's why netbooks are a big market.

Not everyone needs a desktop replacement notebook...

Re:Who wants this? (1)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 5 years ago | (#27153485)

I got an iPod touch recently instead of a netbook, because I already have a decent (and small) laptop. If I was going to go ultra-portable, might as well make it a little more than an incremental jump.

Now, a 10" screen is nice, but to me, something like the iPod, with something like a 6" or 7" screen, would be perfect.

Re:Who wants this? (1)

ActusReus (1162583) | more than 5 years ago | (#27153503)

WHO is the large target audience for these small screened, underpowered computers?

Two words... "battery life".

It's small, cheap, can be carried around like a paperback book, and does not require me to haul around an AC adapter and find somewhere to plug in . End... of... discussion.

As for processing power, if all you're doing is web browsing, email, and MAYBE some spreadsheet / word processing... then anything beyond late-90's CPU power is superfluous. If you want to compile code or do raytracing, then a netbook probably isn't for you. However, with the basics tasks for which most people use their netbooks, the modern CPU improvements that really matter are in the realm of battery power consumption.

Re:Who wants this? (1)

Registered Coward v2 (447531) | more than 5 years ago | (#27153779)

Obviously I am not in the market for one of these netbooks, but, I'm just wondering, WHO is the large target audience for these small screened, underpowered computers?

Is it for people that ONLY do a little websurfing and email? Even with that...why not pony up just a few more $$ and get a real laptop?

This is a question in general about the netbooks, not just the Apple one.

For many users web, email, and word.excel/powerpoint tasks can be done quite nicely on a netbook; and the savings in size and weight are very worthwhile; especially for people who travel a lot. The only down size is the small screen size in terms of larger spreadsheets or presentations.

I would seriously consider a MAC Netbook to replace my MacBook.

Re:Who wants this? (1)

sootman (158191) | more than 5 years ago | (#27153867)

WHO is the large target audience for these small screened, underpowered computers? Is it for people that ONLY do a little websurfing and email? Even with that...why not pony up just a few more $$ and get a real laptop?

What I really want is a really good second computer. Something as thin and light as a MacBook Air, but with an 8-10" screen and a price around $800-$1000.* (I tried my friend's Eee but it's too small.) There are times I don't want to lug around a "real" laptop. It's got nothing to do with not having enough $$. (Though if it's small and feature-less (i.e., no optical drive, few ports, mediocre video performance, etc.) of course it shouldn't have the same price as a larger model.) For those times when an iPhone isn't enough but you don't want your full five-pound laptop.

* Though I must admit, the currently-available refurbished first-gen Airs at $999 [apple.com] (the original, 1.6 GHz model) are very tempting. I'm this close to selling my 13" MacBook and getting one. Just don't have the cash at the moment to cover the difference between what that one costs and what my old one would go for. Plus that's the one my wife uses for capturing video and the lack of FireWire on the Air is an issue.

Re:Who wants this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27153911)

That's like asking someone who only uses an internet connection for a little websurfing and email to upgrade their 768k connection to 1.5Mbps for only $5 more. If you perfectly happy with your 768k connection, why throw another dollar down the telecom black hole?

Re:Who wants this? (1)

ducomputergeek (595742) | more than 5 years ago | (#27154009)

We bought Acer Aspire One's for our over winter break interns. They completed their projects and got to keep the devices for the start of the spring semester. And they all love them. One had their laptop crash and burn (HDD failed) and while he didn't like the 8.9" screen at first, as it turns out the netbook had the same speed processor, more ram, and better video card than the laptop he was using plus a webcam.

Quickly, they started taking their netbooks to class because they were just easier to carry, fit into any bag they were carrying without the need to lug around a back pack and a laptop bag.

When I develop anymore, I have my 12.1" Powerbook on the left and an Aspire One on the right. And if you look at the specs, my Powerbook is only 1.5Ghz G4 with 1.25 Ghz of Ram, 80GB HDD, the Aspire one is 1.6Ghz, 1GB of ram, and 120GB HDD. So I can write code and develop websites on the Mac in BBedit and then open them up on the Netbook to see how they'll look on MSIE.

Stock (1, Insightful)

Drivintin (917847) | more than 5 years ago | (#27152377)

I am starting to think a controlled leak is the best way to manipulate your stock.

Re:Stock (1)

je ne sais quoi (987177) | more than 5 years ago | (#27152773)

Submitter here. I noticed that too, between today and yesterday apple stock [google.com] is up about $7.50. It's a good bet that somebody is making some cash today on apple stock with this rumor. On the other hand, there was a big rally yesterday in the dow so who knows. I kept it out of the summary though because Taco cut most of the story out of the last one I submitted so this time I was keeping it short.

Re:Stock (1)

Drivintin (917847) | more than 5 years ago | (#27153129)

As a marketing stand point i think it is a great idea. You can leak out some things, and see what people think about it. Give the a scarce amount of fact, and see what they design on their own. And we all know that the stock usually goes up right before one of their conferences, but the best way to make it rise is to maybe leak a product that doesn't even exist in hopes of everyone getting on the band wagon and making the company look innovative and trendy.

Re:Stock (1)

xerxesVII (707232) | more than 5 years ago | (#27153199)

You know, for someone who claims to not care, you certainly do take the time to submit stories and reply to comments.

Re:Stock (1)

nrozema (317031) | more than 5 years ago | (#27153541)

I am starting to think a controlled leak is the best way to manipulate your stock.

The 300-point rally yesterday combined with today's news [appleinsider.com] from Kaufman Bros. that their new desktop lines are experiencing stronger than expected sales might have something to do with it as well.

Re:Stock (1)

Threni (635302) | more than 5 years ago | (#27153711)

I'm very interested in every last rumour surrounding what might or might not be part of Apple's weekly product dump, so please keep them coming...

Dirty Screens (4, Insightful)

Spazztastic (814296) | more than 5 years ago | (#27152383)

Now you can have a netbook with smudgy fingerprints all over the screen to match your iPhone.

hold the keyboard please, need replacement Newton (3, Interesting)

WillAdams (45638) | more than 5 years ago | (#27152409)

Or at least do something interesting like having a second display function as a keyboard.

Above all, update InkWell and provide good support for use as an ebook reader which could do .pdf annotations (adding a .pdf preview of all documents to file bundles would be ideal if such annotations could then be synched back into the document when it was opened in the originating app).

William

Re:hold the keyboard please, need replacement Newt (1)

mr_mischief (456295) | more than 5 years ago | (#27153319)

Oh, a dual-screen Mac with two touchscreens and a pop-up touch keyboard on either one would be freaking awesome. I'm more of a Linux guy, but that product would open my wallet in a heartbeat.

not a shock (1)

xenolion (1371363) | more than 5 years ago | (#27152435)

I don't find this shocking, due to the iPhone and iPod touch. They have learned a lot about the touch screen tech out there. Why wouldn't they expand into this area? It only makes sense that they look into it, remember ordered some screens doesn't make it a complete product for consumers. It maybe a year or two before we see anything for us to buy. Id would like to see it.

Not cost effective (1)

hamburgler007 (1420537) | more than 5 years ago | (#27152441)

Gives Apple's history of pricing their products far more than what they are worth, I imagine the cost of their netbook would be about the same as a low end PC laptop.

my letter to Apple (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27152465)

Dear Apple,
I am a homosexual. I bought an Apple computer because of its well earned reputation for being "the" gay computer. Since I have become an Apple owner, I have been exposed to a whole new world of gay friends. It is really a pleasure to meet and compute with other homos such as myself. I plan on using my new Apple computer as a way to entice and recruit young schoolboys into the homosexual lifestyle; it would be so helpful if you could produce more software which would appeal to young boys. Thanks in advance.
with much gayness,
Father Randy "Pudge" O'Day, S.J.

duh- boiling a frog (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27152473)

this is not a surprise to anyone who noticed the lengths they go to drill the laptop unibody into our minds - they actually gave reporters the chassis to hand around - together with the lengths they go to have a corner-to-corner glass covering the screen, so that when they offer a "matte" option they hide it as an "antiglare option" even though it's a completely different design - and how they made the "multitouch" trackpad bigger and bigger. They have been boiling the frog alive so that it'll just be a small flick to move that large multitouch trackpad ONTO the corner-to-corner glass screen.

No, there is no indication there will be a physical keyboard. Unibody drills into your mind that you don't open and close and fiddle with different siht.

What about the cost? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27152493)

If it's an Apple touchscreen netbook it will probably cost three times as much as any other netbook, and most people only buy netbooks because they're cheap.

I love Apple, but I really don't think netbooks are the right market for them.

(obviously my comment is written on the presumption the rumors are correct, and they probably aren't)

And so the cycle begins anew... (5, Funny)

aftk2 (556992) | more than 5 years ago | (#27152533)

The Apple Product Cycle [misterbg.org]:

"An obscure component manufacturer somewhere in the Pacific Rim announces a major order for some bleeding-edge piece of technology that could conceivably become part of an expensive, digital-lifestyle-enhancing nerd toy."

Re:And so the cycle begins anew... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27152775)

You can' both be interesting, one of you gets redundant.

The Apple Product Life Cycle (3, Funny)

pauljlucas (529435) | more than 5 years ago | (#27152535)

... an anonymous source in Taiwan has leaked that Apple has ordered some 10 inch touch-screens from WinTek, the maker of the touch-screen for the iPhone. It looks like an Apple netbook could possibly be in the works for a delivery date in Q3 of this year, in time for back-to-school sales.

Yet another example of how this [misterbg.org] is so true.

Re:The Apple Product Life Cycle (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27153313)

Oh too bad. Just a little too late on the submit to get in the first plug for misterbg.org. Pity mod points for you.

The real question: Little laptop or big iPhone? (4, Interesting)

wisebabo (638845) | more than 5 years ago | (#27152615)

So will it be a computer running a "traditional" OS with the whole Windows, Icons, Mouse Pointer interface or will Apple make it a big iPhone like device that hides a lot of that stuff under a (relatively) minimalist user interface?

Part of me wants the WIMP paradigm because of the additional control I have over files and folders but part of me wants to see how far you can take an interface based from the ground up on a purely touch interface (like the iPhone). [I think the advantage of a iPhone interface is that it is even simpler than a WIMP interface, no need to explain about files or directories etc. Great for the rest of... err.. them, like my mom!]

Speaking of user interfaces, did anyone catch the new "Voice over" feature in the new iPod Shuffle? It seems this might be another (relatively) unexplored user interface design where a visual user interface is not available. Will this be incorporated into other Apple products (like multi-touch was transported from the iPhone to the MacBook touchpads?).

I say "relatively" because obviously voice/audio cue interfaces are not new (every voice mail system uses them) but this is the first time I've seen it in a portable device.

Re:The real question: Little laptop or big iPhone? (1)

daw1234 (585433) | more than 5 years ago | (#27152997)

What about an (almost) instant on iphone OS for quick jobs plus a "wait while OS X loads" full computer mode in one tablet?

Re:The real question: Little laptop or big iPhone? (1)

jrothwell97 (968062) | more than 5 years ago | (#27153089)

No, that's unlikely for two reasons. Firstly, the iPhone OS is just another distribution of OS X compiled for ARM devices. Second, the iPhone spends most of its time in sleep—it's like an iPod, and you don't actually shut it down unless you reset it or start from an empty battery, in which case it takes quite a while to boot.

No clamshell... (2)

Tibor the Hun (143056) | more than 5 years ago | (#27152681)

It's going to be a 10 inch touch tablet. Essentially like a 10 inch iPod Touch. For say 800 bucks. It's going to be quarter of an inch thick, it'll be sweet, it won't be a "netbook" (hence the reason for the higher price) and it'll probably be missing something obvious like GPS.

... and don't forget... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27153585)

... that it'll be locked down so that you can't do stuff you want (*cough* Skype *cough* SIP *cough*) that might conflict with Apple's business model.

I'd Buy One (0)

whisper_jeff (680366) | more than 5 years ago | (#27152729)

Assuming it's priced at normal netbook prices plus "the Apple tax", I'll be buying one. I've wanted to get a netbook for some time but the ones on the market right now just do not appeal to me, at all. Sure, they may be functional and all but, if I'm going to carry around a mini computer, I would like it to be a bit sexay. So, yes, I'll pay an Apple tax to get an Apple branded netbook. Sign me up.

Re:I'd Buy One (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27153039)

I wish people like you would stop existing so Apple would finally go out of business.

Please, no keyboard! (1)

quasigenx (843945) | more than 5 years ago | (#27153019)

I would definitely buy a 10 inch iTouch. But please, no keyboard! If I wanted a keyboard, I would use a netbook. For me, a quarter inch think glass encased touch LCD with wifi would be just perfect for surfing on the couch.

Crystal Ball: Apple's $599 "iPad" Netbook (w/pics) (1)

samj (115984) | more than 5 years ago | (#27153303)

Yeah I expect the "iPad" (for want of a better name) to be more like an iPhone than a MacBook.

See Crystal Ball: Apple's $599 "iPad" Netbook (with pictures) [samj.net] for more.

Sam

Re:Crystal Ball: Apple's $599 "iPad" Netbook (w/pi (1)

xenolion (1371363) | more than 5 years ago | (#27153751)

didnt some make a joke about apple making the iPad for ladies in the late 90's or 2001??? I think it was around the same time we had the colored mac the model skips my mind someone help me out here.

Please mash the screen with your palm. (3, Funny)

CompMD (522020) | more than 5 years ago | (#27153535)

Its an ipod touch for fat people! Multitouch on a small screen must suck for them.

The question is... (2, Insightful)

Opinari (603868) | more than 5 years ago | (#27153791)

What will the price point be on this device? If it's in the $499 range, it might be worth a look. However, when I can buy a Dell Mini with a 16 GB SSD and 2 GB of memory for less than $350, and install Leopard on it [gizmodo.com] for $85 + the cost of a couple of USB flash drives, why would I want to pay much more than that?

I was waiting for the Tricorder to appear (1)

vorlich (972710) | more than 5 years ago | (#27154027)

in stores. In the meantime I bought one of those wee ickle Acer Aspire Ones for two hundred and forty-eight euro pounds. My lecturing day has had a huge weight lifted from my shoulders and with the supplementary purchase of the bigger battery, it runs for almost eight hours. One day I am sure it will become a very, very small server although I suppose by then a blade server will be smaller than the connecting socket and use less power than a Gnat on speed.
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