It looked kinda nice to surf the web on a book-sized thing, until I remembered the keyboard.
Can't wait til theres implants to control mouse/keyboard type operations so we can just use our MINDS.
Would be cool if they could also tap into our brain's eye-signal receptors and make the image vivid in our heads of the monitor. Like you just see the screen when you close your eyes or something.
I disagree - Frybread.
So I wonder how soon it will take people to create an open source operating system for it that actually uses those nifty features so it isn't a pain in the ass. When that day comes, I would like to own this product.
I just can't imagine when, where and why I'd use it.
At home? The web is an interactive experience, I like to comment as well as read, so there's no way I'd use a touch keyboard when a real one is in the other room.
On the go? It's not pocket sized, meaning I'd need a bag. I'd also have to carry a phone. So it's inferior to a smartphone in terms of portability, and inferior to a netbook in terms of usability (keyboard). I can't imagine a need for something in between the two.
As an e-reader? If it's not e-ink, it's a strain on the eyes, so no thanks.
I don't know what need this product is supposed to fulfill. Any ideas?
It's something that Windows doesn't do (yet), but that's still kind of dubious. I also heard that they have a Verizon tie-in. If you want to buy this and have net service are you anchored to Verizon the way you are with ATT/iPhone? I still refuse to have an iPhone for that reason alone.
As soon as I can scrape the money together I'm going to get a Mac laptop because it's a real computer that can replace the one I'm using. This has no appeal to me.
I also heard it runs out of gas pretty quickly. That negates the one great feature: watching video or playing 3D games. Once you have to add a power adapter, it loses a LOT of its appeal.
Well I could see it as basically a replacement for a printer for me. I'm still in school so I could use it to carry all my notes on, carry powerpoints and etextbooks. I could also see using it for recipes and stuff like that in the kitchen. Put it on a little stand and scroll down through recipes. The price will probably be way to much to warrant that at the start but eventually I could see it as being viable.
god it isnt even a kissing pc? christ its just a big expensiver iphone
this apple product will fail. if it doesnt it shows that apple has transcended the line to being able to sell anything dressed up in an expensive tuxedo
Finally had some time to think.
This is Apple's e-reader, with less of a focus on books. Its success or failure will answer two questions:
1) Do people really care about e-ink?
2) Are other multimedia features important to an e-reader?
apple should make a touch screen notebook that runs windows and is awesomely designed
I am pretty sure this is just another way for apple to give internet use to stupid people. This way when dipshits show me their apps i dont have to look at their tiny iphones.
the fact that it lacks even a usb port is entirely ridiculous.
its just a giant shitty ipod touch, which is just a shitty iphone. they should have named it the "apple shit, version phoneless expensive edition." but i guess they wouldn't sell as many with a name like that!
A friend of mine was raving about this yesterday and I asked him why I should buy it instead of a new Macbook Pro and the only thing he could come up with was that it was smaller and cheaper. Nothing to do with functionality.
Jesus that video, sometimes I wanna just punch Apple in the face.
I have to give them credit though. Apple has been consistently leading the pack in terms of taking a hardware device and actually doing the things that everyone was either too lazy, broke, or disorganized to do but at the same time thinking should be done for 10 years prior.
This is just their way of doing it with the tablet PC, technology that's well over a decade old. The smugness just makes me want to vomit though.
It reminds me a little bit of when the Wii first came out and it was being hailed as "revolutionary". To be revolutionary you just need to be a company that has enough money and resources to mass market technology that no one else has yet, doesn't really matter if the idea itself is new.
Two words about how revolutionary the Wii is "Duck Hunt".
Apple's marketing makes me shudder. The only thing more smug is that awful Allstate man.
As far as the technology goes though I'll always use my Mac first. Windows has lots of merits, but it's completely overwrought -- Office 2007 is an abomination that I'm forced to use.
The one thing I can see about the iMaxipad is that people can use tiny applications (like on an iPhone) to do the individual things they want without having a bunch of other crap on it.
If Microsoft made a similar gadget, it would have a suite of 37,000,000 applications built into it and interlinked -- five of which you ever use on a regular basis.
In early 2007 I installed office 2007 for about 5 minutes, opened up Access, said "what the kiss?", then opened up Word and Excel, frowned then uninstalled it and went back to 2003.
Have you tried using OpenOffice? I have it installed at home and I've never run into compatibility issues but I don't use it that much.
If someone asks me what computer they should buy I always answer Mac if you can afford it. I'm at a point where I have minimal patience for hassle, and will probably start using an iMac pretty soon. I've been grabbing my girlfriend's bottom of the line MacBook off the coffee table for the last 3 years to surf the web and even use a few different programs, and I've never once seen a problem. I've never had to fix her computer for her. With her PC laptop it was constant problems.
the problem with apples "streamlining" of all its products is that they don't do shit else and all of the user created apps are kissing horrible because apple wont release anything that does something cool unless they're making the money from it.
i have an iphone and i think its neat for a phone but it's overpriced. apple products look neat and seem really intuitive for the first month. after that you realize that it seems intuitive because you can intelligently use it from day 1, and that you can intelligently use it from day 1 because it's designed for retards who would never learn how to use it adeptly.
I feel like apple products (not really commenting on OSX here) have zero learning curve but at the same time aren't designed for skilled users and subsequently feel limited after you are familiar with therm.
edit: whats wrong with 2007? I use it almost daily and see nothing wrong with it at all. do you really judge new software by trying it for 5 minutes and uninstalling it? how could you even know what half of the features are?
i've said it before and i'll say it again, my humble opinion is that eventually (5 years, 10 years who knows) the roles of windows and apple are going to switch. the huge majority of people are going to be on macs while pcs are going to be reserved for various specific groups (in the same respect that for a long time the most people using macs were music/video professionals). the whole "sexy technology" approach appeals to people; try to find someone who uses their computer for email music and homework and would rather have an ugly ass black dell on their desk than a sexy stainless steel imac. ITS JUST A MATTER OF TIME PPL
nope, as people become more computer literate the need for macs will decrease. as old people who cant figure out how to work anything die off the younglings who shoot me in the brains in CoD when im trying to figure out my buttons and call me a fagot are going to be the market and they are going to want more options not less.
at this point macs are great for people in specialty fields like graphic design and making musics but in like 10 years everyone is going to be a computer geek without even trying and no way are they going to pay extra to have a company sell them limited options and lets not get started on the open source crap.
prtty soon apple is going to exclusively make flashy stupid gadgets like tablet pcs and ipods and will cease to even pretend to exist as a computer company.
i know this because of science.
but that's like saying that everyone today should be a car geek w/o knowing about it, and everyone should be able to change a tire or replace an alternator
hint: not everyone can
so even in the future people will be dumb and need simple stuff
I think virtualization and remote storage will be a big part of future trends.
If you like gaming you'll have a remotely stored virtual machine that has all your games on it. If you do video editing and production you'll have a VM for that, research a VM for that. You can walk into your grandmas house or a coffee shop and by using their hardware, login via the internet and have access to all your machines.
How that will affect the industry who knows.
What Booga said.
I'm still not ready to turn my Final Cut Pro over to godaddy though.
And what do we do to remedy this? Give them complete freedom to bribe every kissing politician with a chance of getting into office with the insane profit they make off of our stupid, helpless asses.
I'm extremely pessimistic about the future of telecommunication in the US. Could anyone comfort me (heh heh heh with ur butt)?
i started reading the thread but got really disinterested 3/4 of the way through, but i honestly agree with frybread, what niche does this thing fill? also, does it SERIOUSLY not have a usb port? that really is ridiculous(and hilarious)
I did too, thank god I can just quote you.Originally Posted by Robert
I didn't watch the vid entirely yet, so I might be off, but I've been jamming a media center PC into my roommates' faces for years, on and off. Aside from a DVR, it's primary purpose is to say "Oh god, you've gotta [see|hear|read] this on [youtube|my pictures|my music|last.fm|whatever random site]." Unfortunately, that means I have to completely switch focus from whatever we are watching / playing.
I can see this as a possible cure. It lets me dick around with finding that super-cool thing without interrupting the TV. Yes, it looses the 50" screen, but for many things, a 50" screen is a liability.
It also gives me several side benefits. When the wife puts on some Gray's-anatomy-like-crap, I can yawn and pull up RedTube in spite. I can fill it with family pics to show grandma, who can't see shit on my phone screen. All in all, this is an expensive device but a win for me.
I think it's dumb that we had to wait so many years for someone (apple) to create this when tablet PCs are so old.
It's not a tablet pc. It's a big iPod touch.
I just wonder how many people are going to take the plunge for "practical" reasons and think that it's better than a laptop. Keep in mind that you can't put DVDs into most of the Windows netbooks I've seen, if not all of em. I think Apple's trying to compete with that the same way they did when they stopped using floppies and SCSI interfaces. It's a leap.
u can thru a peripheral CD drive...through a usb port...which this does not have
or maybe share a drive over 3G
or use it like a mirror and reflect an image off your TV
are you saying ken doll? or kindle?
apple notorious for bad batteries
kind of want to buy this and ride around on subway shouting "kiss WHY CANT I GET IT TO DIAL?!" while holding it up to my ear circa 1989 cell fones. hheh
<wow joke goes here EVEN IF ITS 10k bc>I feel like apple products (not really commenting on OSX here) have zero learning curve but at the same time aren't designed for skilled users and subsequently feel limited after you are familiar with therm
Apparently this was done in 2003. It's just hilarious now.