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Mac OS X Tablet PowerBook Coming Soon?
Maybe I should call this a PowerTablet or a TabletBook to fit into the Apple naming scheme, but ever since I've seen folks with spiffo tablet PCs (notably Steve Gillmor, who is a reluctant evangelist for the devices, and Robert Scoble, who writes about them with some frequency on his blog) the vision of a tablet Mac has been running through my head.
And then I remembered that a key technology is already built in to Mac OS X -- handwriting recognition -- and that with the addition of people hacking the latest developer release of Mac OS X that's hardware compatible with Intel computers, we might well be able to hobble together a Mac tablet, uhm, PowerTablet today!
For the hardware, I think I'd go for the Toshiba Portege M200. For the OS, Mac OS X Tiger + Intel, of course. For the needed handwriting recognition? A slick little capability that's already in your own Mac called Inkwell.
Anyone already pushing these bits and wires around to try to get one of these up and running? Any shareware authors building note taking and drawing applications for this sort of environment?
I want one of these computers. Today. :-)
Update: I've spent a good few hours thinking about the name of this possible device and decided that if Apple releases something like this - and they will - that it'll be called PowerPad. Think about it: A super-notebook for students? iBook, part of the PowerBook line. Oh, and once this is out, I also expect one that's a hybrid, maybe a 6x9 screen and lots of neato iPod functionality built into the unit too. And that one? How about an iPad?
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