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Patent? (0)

leoc (4746) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493792)

Like noone has ever thought of making a tablet before? There has to be more to this if it is true.

Re:Patent? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12493827)

Like noone has ever thought of making a tablet before? There has to be more to this if it is true.

True, plenty of tablets have been made in the past. However, this is the first gay tablet ever.

RTFP (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12493841)

Read The F+ Patent.

- We claim the ornamental design for an electronic device, substantially as shown and described.

Re:Patent? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12493851)

It is by description not the concept of the tablet computer, but the specific instance of design for and product of the tablet Macintosh-this is original.

Re:Patent? (5, Informative)

TheHonestTruth (759975) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493860)

It's a DESIGN patent, not a utility patent. They only have ruights to someone using that design specifically. Design patents are very easy to, pardon the pun, design around. You just have to make some ornamental change. IANADesign Patent Lawyer, so I don't know the legal standard for getting around a design patent, but from what I understand, they are more used in the clothing, accessory, and toy markets to prevent counterfeitting where looks are as improtant as function.

-truth

Re:Patent? (2, Insightful)

TheHonestTruth (759975) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493883)

gg preview button. "They only have rights to that specifc design, or against someone making a device with that specific design," is what I meant to say.

-truth

Re:Patent? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12494075)

Fag. Why don't you just die, you moron?

Fucking Appel-fanboi.

Re:Patent? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12493887)

So the fact that apple fsckin patented a design for a tablet pc is news now? I just panted the design of a turd in my toilet. Can I get it posted to /.'s front page?

Re:Patent? (-1, Flamebait)

eclectro (227083) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493991)

more used in the clothing, accessory, and toy markets

Because Apple computers are toys that people like to accessorize with???

Re:Patent? (4, Insightful)

Aqua OS X (458522) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493918)

"Like no one has ever thought of making a tablet before? There has to be more to this if it is true."

Ya, but this is exactly what people said when Apple made the iPod.
Apple likes to swoop on good ideas that have been poorly implemented in the past. MP3 players, jukebox software, online music stores, video chat, etc etc. None of this stuff was new, but Apple found a way to make it more accessible and desirable.

Re:Patent? (2, Informative)

croddy (659025) | more than 8 years ago | (#12494050)

accessible... desirable? yes. patentable? no.

this is rather like apple's patent on the itunes interface. problematic by itself, and depressing if it becomes a precedent for future patent maneuvering.

Re:Patent? (4, Funny)

themoodykid (261964) | more than 8 years ago | (#12494081)

I heard there was some guy who wrote a top ten list of his favourite activities on a pair of tablets. That's gotta be prior art!

Liberalism is a disease! Fight the Left! FP! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12493796)

Bugger off all you Slashdot leftists. You've lost.

Re:Liberalism is a disease! Fight the Left! FP! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12493878)

I didn't know Michael Savage trolled these forums! Wow! O.O

Re:Liberalism is a disease! Fight the Left! FP! (0, Offtopic)

BandwidthHog (257320) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493903)

I didn't know Michael Savage trolled these forums!

You must be new here.

Re:Liberalism is a disease! Fight the Left! FP! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12493889)

At what? The world has not returned to monarchists yet, and populace will not in general including Swaziland and similar accept a return of the absolute monarch. Liberalism has still victory.

Huh? (0, Offtopic)

cryms0n (52620) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493799)

"(with Photos)"?

Is this fark? Anywya, I believe the correct nomenclature is "(with pics)".

at last (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12493800)

a tablet done RIGHT :D probably.

Photos???? Comment + mirror (3, Interesting)

winkydink (650484) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493801)

They are very simple illustrations, not photos.

Would a Mac tablet ever see the light of day? This is not intended as a
troll/flame, but how big is the market for a niche product from a niche
computer manufacturer?

A mirror of the photos^H^H^H^H^H^Hillustrations is here [networkmirror.com].

Re:Photos???? Comment + mirror (0, Troll)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493875)

They seem to be doing quite well with their little "mp3 player" thingy. Still seems a bit lame to me though ;)

Re:Photos???? Comment + mirror (4, Insightful)

Ty (15982) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493880)

Ummm the mp3 market used to be a niche market. Who has about an 80% market share now?

Re:Photos???? Comment + mirror (1)

winkydink (650484) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493927)

mp3 players were pretty much a hit from the get-go. Not true with tablets outside of some corner-case, vaertical markets (e.g., warehousing).

billions? (2, Insightful)

Sean Clifford (322444) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493922)

>>how big is the market for a niche product >>from a niche computer manufacturer

Billions?

When the iPod went mainstream it ate everyone's lunch, but at first it was a niche product from a niche computer manufacturer. Now white headphones are becoming as ubiquitous as cell phones.

I'll reserve judgement until I see an iTablet, but the general idea isn't making me all gooey inside either. Who's to say whether it'll make the light of day.

I'd be very surprised if Apple launched an iTablet. Totally shocked if they dusted off the Newton idea.

mod down fake mirror (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12493929)

it's not a mirror of the image files at all

Re:Photos???? Comment + mirror (2, Insightful)

kimota (136493) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493978)

>how big is the market for a niche product from a niche computer manufacturer?

You mean like the iPod? Pretty big, I'd say, depending on the application.

Steve Jobs has made comments about the iPod not lending itself to being a decent video player due to its tiny display. A tablet, on the other hand....

Re:Photos???? Comment + mirror (1)

tuxR0x (684378) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493985)

This is not intended as a troll/flame, but how big is the market for a niche product from a niche computer manufacturer? some may have said the same of the ipod before the craze swept the world.

Re:Photos???? Comment + mirror (1)

winkydink (650484) | more than 8 years ago | (#12494020)

The adoption curves are markedly different. The one for mp3 players has been practically straight up. Not so, tablet computers.

Also, the market for consumer electronics (ipod) is very different than the market for computers.

Re:Photos???? Comment + mirror (1)

EnderWiggnz (39214) | more than 8 years ago | (#12494123)

mp3 players were coming out around 2000. they sucked ass then, and franly didnt sell that well.

the ipod? got the formula right.

Re:Photos???? Comment + mirror (4, Funny)

JHromadka (88188) | more than 8 years ago | (#12494053)

This is obviously the PowerBook G5. Not shown is the processor, which will be incorporated into the power supply. :)

That's nice... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12493805)

but is it teh snappy(tm)

Hmmm (1)

CypherXero (798440) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493806)

Microsoft is so proud of the fact that their the only one's with a Tablet PC market. Now I wonder if they'll shut up for once about it...

...nah, probably not.

Tablet (1)

superpulpsicle (533373) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493808)

I am just glad somebody is continuing the Tablet trend. I thought about buying one, and not one person ever recommended a Tablet Centrino over a regular labtop. I am at the point where I don't care if SCO wants to revive the Tablet business.

Re:Tablet (1)

PaddyM (45763) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493955)

I too prefer the idea of a tablet over a laptop. But the tablets I've seen are too klunky. This one looks like it could be pretty slick, knowing Apple's history.

Wait! (5, Funny)

RatBastard (949) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493815)

My iBook isn't going to happy when she sees that come home with me. :(

But... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12493890)

My brain is going to sad when it reads that grammar.

Re:Wait! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12493905)

It's ok, it's only a computer, and it doesn't have a personality.

Re:Wait! (1)

Joey Patterson (547891) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493952)

My iBook isn't going to happy when she sees that come home with me. :(

Just wait until you begin sleeping with the Mac tablet -- then your iBook will have no choice but to start dating a Dell.

Re:Wait! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12493995)

Just wait until you begin sleeping with the Mac tablet -- then your iBook will have no choice but to start dating a Dell.

Dude, you're getting a virus!

Interestingly ... featureless design (1, Interesting)

podperson (592944) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493819)

One can only assume that it will use bluetooth and other wireless technologies to hook up to anything external. At most there appears to be one connection, which appears to be for an AC adapter.

Re:Interestingly ... featureless design (1)

Neitokun (882224) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493850)

well, those drawings are only mock-ups. i doubt that they're gonna show all the diffrent, random connections that would be on a laptop. or maybe it has a docking station for hooking up to printers, etc.

Re:Interestingly ... featureless design (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12493940)

At most there appears to be one connection, which appears to be for an AC adapter.
Cool!! Now I can use it too!

Its nice... (5, Interesting)

Upaut (670171) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493820)

It looks, should they make it, to be smaller and lighter than a "current" tablet PC. Kinda like an oversized PDA. Like a Newton and a Powerbook got freeky in the back room...

Its so pure, I think I'm going to cry...

Seriously though, I am hoping to see something like this in the near future. Hopefully it will be 'announced' in the next Macworld Boston. Inkwell is such a nice pice of software, it would be great to see it being used in a tablet.

OT: sig (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12493977)

I tried the free PSP link in your sig.

In Konqueror, it refused to focus on the input fields. So I tried it with Firefox; they kept saying I was giving an invalid email address.

Sorry, but if they can't afford to hire someone who can write code to parse a perfectly valid email address, I don't see how they can afford to send me a PSP.

Don't be fooled! (3, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493821)

It's actually a revolutionary new transportation system which will enable people to get about without requiring gasoline. In snow you simply stand upon it and carve your way downhill or grab a fender and glide along behind traffice. In the summer attach trucks and wheels and you've got it finished.

Re:Don't be fooled! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12494117)

This will change the way cities are built!

Correction. Illustrations not photos. (5, Informative)

jkheit (634306) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493822)

Sorry about the misleading title. (A case of fingers before brain) There are illustrations from the patent, not photos. (Perhaps this can be corrected). Anyway, my apologies on that.

Re:Correction. Illustrations not photos. (3, Informative)

winkydink (650484) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493836)

Some of us pointed that out to the editors before it was published, but they chose to ignore us (surprise, surprise, surprise)

Re:Correction. Illustrations not photos. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12493973)

Fucking idiot.

Re:Correction. Illustrations not photos. (0, Flamebait)

Blakey Rat (99501) | more than 8 years ago | (#12494049)

How the hell did you get those confused with photos? I mean, did you look at the images before posting?

umm, no. (0, Redundant)

rharris (849104) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493831)

The new photos confirm that this device is a touch-screen Apple tablet More like, they confirm that somebody can draw a tablet PC.

Mac (1, Funny)

EinarH (583836) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493837)

No Ethernet. No space for a floppy. Lame.

Re:Mac (1)

c0bw3b (530842) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493881)

who cares about ethernet? Go wireless, young man!

Re:Mac (1)

Neitokun (882224) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493919)

yeah, but wireless has some insecurities built in no matter how you set it up. WEP can be fairly easily cracked, SSID cloaking isn't much to speak of, and you're broadcasting enough for someone with off-the-shelf equipment to pick it up.

Before your hides chaff (0, Redundant)

eclectro (227083) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493838)

This is a "design patent", not a "utility patent". Meaning it's the basic look and curves, not functionality that's being patented.

Though I can't help but think that there are already tablet computers with rounded corners.

Don't Get Too Excited (5, Interesting)

Cr0w T. Trollbot (848674) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493839)

Apple patents a lot of things which never see the light of day. It may be that their tablet implamentation has a few unique features they want to patent, but they have no real intention of bringing a TabletMac to market anytime soon. Of course, that could change if they think market conditions warrent...

Though the pictures don't indicate this, I wonder if they could also be filling in a few final functional gaps to turn the iPod into a full-blown PDA? Tantalizing as that might be, it's probably unlikely as well, seeing as how they're making bigger margins on the iPod Photo than PDA manufacturers are making on their product...

Crow T. Trollbot

Re:Don't Get Too Excited (1)

nxtr (813179) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493906)

Sure, but can you jog with a frickin' textbook hanging down your neck?

I hope this line isn't true: (2, Informative)

alex_guy_CA (748887) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493842)

From TFA "It's important to note that being granted a design patent does not necessarily mean that Apple has any intention of releasing a particular product, and Apple has filed for many design patents in recent years for products that did not make it to market."

I hope this is a case where thry come thru with it. It looks COOL!

Can't see it... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12493856)

Slashdot linking to a non-major website with pictures of a new mac is a certain way of Slashdotting it in a matter of seconds. Anyone got a mirror?

Smart Screen Anyone? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12493879)

It looks like one of those smart-screen devices that can replace input and display of a desktop computer to allow the user to roam around the wifi-enabled area with the power of a beefy pc but the heft of little more than a pocket pc. It's kind of like a wireless thin-client, I guess. Coming from Apple, I'd bet it's battery life is 12 hrs. +......

Could be interesting; too bad the article is so light on details.

Re:Smart Screen Anyone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12494066)

Coming from Apple, I'd bet it's battery life is 12 hrs. +......

Right, because their laptops get 12+ hrs of battery life...

They are, check Tiger, it has built in functions (5, Interesting)

nickroethemeier (676503) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493882)

I noticed that in Apple Quartz Composer, there is mention of a TABLET pen location. I tried this with my Wacom Graphire, and no luck. At this point, I figured that apple must be making new drivers for existing tablets. Well, I guess it's an APPLE BRAND TABLET PC!!! Whoohoo!.

Suggeted Catchy Names for Mac Tablet. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12493885)

Aside from the obvious (and likely) name of iTablet, there are other possibilities. Consider:

Tablac (unlikely--sounds like a heartburn medication.)

TabMac (admittedly asinine.)

Mac Tablet (it's at least possible.)

Tac (too minimalist.)

Shit, I'm no good at naming these things. Smart money is on "iTablet."

Not even close... (1)

Radical Moderate (563286) | more than 8 years ago | (#12494016)

Can't predict what it will be called, but it definitley won't have the word Tablet in it. Because Steve doesn't want to be seen as following Bill's (or anyone else's) lead, and tablet's been done. Think Different, remember?

You missed the most obvious one! (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12494048)

iPad.

Well I'll tell you one thing... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12493888)

Apple's minimalist designs look great up close and live, but they look like total crap when translated to technical-esque illustrations like these.

Haha... (3, Funny)

Mac Degger (576336) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493923)

Very funny, Jobs. And this is different from my palmpilot how, exactly? Oh, yours is bigger, you say?

it will work this time (5, Interesting)

fermion (181285) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493932)

Apple has some experience in this. The newton was the tablet PC that technology would allow. It was a full powered computer, with expandability and full network connections. I remember transfering files over my ethernet. I did not have to connect my Newton to my computer, only my network.

What killed the Newton was syncronization. All the stuff I wrote on the newton was difficult to transfer to the Mac. All my contacts on the Mac was difficult to reliably syncronize to the newton. Don't tell me how to do it. I have used a newton from the day it came out until they day they kiled it. I have all the tools, cards, utilities, whatever. I still ahve 2000 sitting in it's leather case in my house.

So, as soon as palm V came out, small, sync, everything, I was all over it. It was could not be a writing machine, but I could live with that. My Newton became more trouble than it was worth.

But Apple now has sync, at least for what can fit on the .Mac drive. It does not sync macs, and I have found nothing that will do so quickly over 802.11b, but you can do calendars, contacts, mail, and good number of documents, which is has made my life so much easier.

So, this tablet PC, which will have bluetooth and airport, can do what the newton never could. Be an effective remote terminal. You can carry it around for an hour or a day, and, within a few minutes, all relevent changes can be transfered. You can take it to the coffee house, sync to .Mac, and by the time you get back home, your big machine can be updated.

Am I sorely afraid I will buy this thing. Yes. I don't really know what I would use it for, which is the rub. If it is like an iTablet, consumer priced, it would be fun to have. If it was PowerTablet, the investment would be difficult.

pc possible today (0, Offtopic)

way2trivial (601132) | more than 8 years ago | (#12494057)

At my work, I'm the IT guy..

I convinced my boss, allowing the staff web access was a good idea.

we bought a 3com router, that has an url allow list, and we can list 30 domains that are reachable, the rest of the internet is not.

I don't have to unlock my desk to use it, I use mstsc.exe (aka remote desktop) to pull up my computer at home (running xp pro) and do everything off of it.

I can print locally.

I can save locally.

I can print at home.
I can save to my pc at home

I walk in the door at either place, and pull up the exact desktop I was working out when I walked out the door on the other end.

I can do this with my smartpanel from across the parking lot, or my pocket PC at a starbucks- or even on my cell phone....

think about it, for a $300.00 NEC mobile pro from ebay, a 30$ wifi card, I have a 800X600 windows ce machine that runs for 4-8 hours, and the machine powering the display IS my home PC....

why do I need a laptop? I'm running my home machine- anywhere a broadband connection is available to me...

I can even do it from a Dell Axim@ 640X480.

(if I owned one.)

Single mousebutton! (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12493948)

Now I understand why they have been so stuck on 1 button!!!

A touchpad!

Oooohh.. Jobs was ahead of the curve all along... :-)

Apple magic (1)

Bifurcati (699683) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493965)

I can't help but think that Apple would be one of the best people to pull this off. Given that they (pretty much) control the specs of their systems and the corresponding OS, they can really tailor the Tablet functionality to work as well as possible. The tablets I've seen in PCs are cool, but not enough to encourage me to fork out the extra money compared to a regular laptop. (That said, I'm now a Mac user anyway!) Apple really has a talent for creating sexy, sleek and functional products - I'm sure they'd do a good job with this one!

Incidentally, for those who don't want a full on Tablet laptop, grab a Wacom Graphire 3 Tablet! They're cheap (approx $100), highly effective (used by many professional graphic designers) and can work with Powerpoint, Photoshop, etc. I love mine! It takes a little getting used to, but after that it's a piece of cake.

Apple Tablets (Prior Art) (0)

rewinn (647614) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493982)

People have been consuming apple tablets [geocities.com] for years, so how can this patent survive a prior art challenge?

Re:Apple Tablets (Prior Art) (1)

Khyber (864651) | more than 8 years ago | (#12494088)

Rule #1. When posting links in /. please don't use geoshi**ies, knowing it only takes two page visits to exceed allocated bandwidth for any page on their site.

Using Tiger (5, Interesting)

CypherXero (798440) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493988)

Tiger (10.4) has a built-in feature that allows you to rotate the screen.

Go the the System Preferences and then hold down the option key while you click the Displays button. You will see a pulldown thats labeled "Rotate". Select it and you will see your screen rotate.

Don't jump to any conclusions (4, Funny)

As Seen On TV (857673) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493992)

All I have to say about this is: 20030076303.

Re:Don't jump to any conclusions (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12494063)

Wow. That's a clever post. Hint: plug the number into Google.

I feel like we're playing that "I love bees" game, and ASOTV is the AI handing out clues.

Re:Don't jump to any conclusions (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12494087)

Oops. Too much <b>, not enough </b>.

Re:Don't jump to any conclusions (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12494120)

Looks like Apple hid the design of their iPod Mini click wheel inside a mouse patent, doesn't it? How weird is that?

Okay, somebody's got to say it . . . (1, Interesting)

EraserMouseMan (847479) | more than 8 years ago | (#12493996)

So Apple's clearly copying Microsoft? I mean seriously. This IS one example of where MS totally invented a new market (consumer-grade tablets) and now Apple's trying to get in on it.


Mod Away!!!!!!

Not a sure thing (2, Insightful)

Kesh (65890) | more than 8 years ago | (#12494002)

Figures. I get to moderate for the first time in weeks, and it's a topic I really need to comment on. ;)

That said, just because Apple has a patent doesn't mean they're going to ever build the thing. Personally, though, I hope this turns out to be the announcement at WWDC. I'd love to have a tablet Mac, just for reading places like here on the couch. My laptop is nice, but not too comfortable... though the keyboard is more useful for chat or long replies.

It's certainly a niche design, so I could see Apple patenting a decent design that their engineers came up with even if they never build the product. That way, they can always change their mind later if the market really wants an Apple tablet.

Um, no. (4, Insightful)

MadMacSkillz (648319) | more than 8 years ago | (#12494009)

Words per minute I can type: about 80 Words per minute I can handwrite: about 15 Why do I need a tablet again?

Diddler of the Day (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12494015)

Not only is this not innovative, its downright thievery to try to pass this off as something new. How many tablet PCs have we seen already? I say we nominate Steve Jobs for Diddler of the Day! http://thediddler.com/ [thediddler.com]

i got apple tablet photos (2, Funny)

sxtxixtxcxh (757736) | more than 8 years ago | (#12494029)

i got one right here [is-a-geek.net]...

granted, it's not a high-res display, and the redraw rate really sucks, but it does come in a nice pink.

Slashdotted (1)

t_allardyce (48447) | more than 8 years ago | (#12494041)

The new photos confirm that this device is a touch-screen Apple tablet. You can see it here.

Guess again..

Here is what I think (2, Interesting)

MBCook (132727) | more than 8 years ago | (#12494082)

OK. I bought a Mac in January, so here is what I think.

First and formost, cool. I would have given it consideration, without a doubt. If Apple turned the 12" PB or iBook into a table, that would rock. Now the "doodles" (I find it hard to call them photos, and as drawings they look like basically every other tablet) don't seem to show a keyboard. I've seen pics of PC tablets that the screen can be "reversed" making it a tablet, or used like a normal laptop and I think that's a great idea.

Now what would be REALLY cool would be to make the iBook: Touch (like the name? Come on Apple, use it!) have a touch screen (simple on/off with high resolution), but make the PowerBook: Touch even better. Whether they develop it themselves or partner with Wacom or something like that, that would rule. It would have pressure sensitivity (256 levels?) and angle sensing like the Wacom tablets. Think how great that would be for graphic artists.

Now that might not be cheap. Mass production may help, but Wacom sells the Cintiq montitor/tablet that is 17" and 1280x1024 with 512 levels of pressure for $1799 MSRP. Maybe they'd have to make it an option. So even at 1024x768 if they cut down the resoltuion of touch (64, maybe 32 levels? And the size would be smaller, only 12") they could make it cheaper.

It would be awesome. If anyone could make a tablet that would be great and really cause tablets to take off (instead of being the failure I've heard them called), it would be Apple.

You mean... (3, Funny)

Repton (60818) | more than 8 years ago | (#12494085)

...no one apart from Apple will be allowed to make a tablet Macintosh?

TIHS ILLEGAL MONOPOLY MUST STOP!!!

Aren't tablets expensive enough? (1, Interesting)

Omega1045 (584264) | more than 8 years ago | (#12494116)

Aren't tablets expensive enough without them being macs? I will get modded down by the mac zealots, but this is serious. What market are they trying for here? I would love it if business ran Linux on cheap PC hardware, but the truth is that the vast majority of business runs on Windows. And I think that "business" will be the consumers of tablets in the near future. Apple is going to have a very small market here. If they try to sell to the PC based people they will most likely be offering a more expensive version of something (table PC) that has not been that well received.
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