Apple’s Tablet Computer Finally on the Way?
Editor’s Note: Steve Jobs has made many statements suggesting that Apple will not manufacture a computer sans the keyboard. With all the hype surrounding the Tablet PC (which essentially runs Windows), the Apple crowd has been just a bit antsy about an answer from Apple. Well, it looks as though Apple/Mac fans won’t have to wait forever. The Register recently reported that Apple has file for a trademark for a “handheld computer”. Accompanying sketches reveal what looks a lot like an iBook without a keyboard. Whether this hardware emerges as an actual “Tablet PC” that runs Mac OS or just a touchscreen-based device from Apple, it is sure to creat a stir in the Mobile Computing Market!
Euro filing reveals Apple ‘handheld computer’
Apple has filed for a European design trademark which may provide a tantalising glimpse of the company’s long-awaited tablet computer.
The filing, made in May this year but only published this week, covers a “handheld computer” and contains sketches of what look like an iBook screen minus the body of the computer.
The paperwork was handled by Leeds, UK-based patent and trademark attorneys Urquhart-Dykes and Lord.
The filing lists Apple CEO Steve Jobs and the company’s industrial design chief, Jonathan Ive. It also refers to Daniele De Iuliis, Richard Howarth, Eugene Whang, Matthew Rohrbach, Bart Andre, Calvin Seid and Christopher Stringer all of key members of Apple’s industrial design team, with the Power Mac G5, iPod, 17in and 12in PowerBook G4, and others under their belt.
Hints that Apple might be working on such a product emerged in 2003 when a source close to Taiwanese contract manufacturer Quanta claimed that the company had been hired by Apple to build what was dubbed a “wireless display”.
Jobs has consistently downplayed claims that Apple is working on a PDA, and given the state of the world PDA market, it wouldn’t make much sense for it to do so. Doubly so given how well the iPod works as a portable personal information carrier.
Jobs has similarly poo-poo’d suggestions that the company should offer a video iPod. Again, we agree – video simply isn’t an application as well suited to portable players as music is. However, that doesn’t mean that there’s not room for a larger, house-bound mobile video system, and we’ve mooted a system comprising a wireless display terminal connected to a base iMac via 802.11g before.
Apple’s “handheld computer” design registration sounds more like a PDA, but it looks like the home entertainment tablet system mentioned above…