News – “No Apple Tablet PC?”, First EV-DO USB Modem, University Students Require Tablet PCs

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Anonymous Apple Employee Says “No Apple Tablet PC”

??????? Show me the tablet!

A ‘reliable’ insider at Apple had this to say when asked if there was any possibility of Apple developing a Tablet:

“Prototyped of course. Price is the issue, without cannibalizing the MacBook. The ideal price is $599. But it’d cost too much to make. Take an average guy visiting an Apple Store at his local mall. If he had to choose between a $1099 MacBook or tablet, the MacBook would win. A tablet is too niche at that price — only the Apple elite would buy. We’re becoming generalists and the Apple Store supports that strategy. Generalists with superior products. “

If this is true, those holding out for a Mac tablet (at least a $600 slate model) might have a long wait. However Steve Jobs has been known to surprise so perhaps a convertible Macbook with tablet functionality is waiting in the wings? After all, adding a touchscreen to the existing $1099 MacBook wouldn’t raise the pricetag a whole lot more. Read more…

First EV-DO USB Modem Launched

Franklin Wireless today announced the release of a USB EV-DO modem. Calling the 1x EV-DO USB device an “industry first”, it is apparently available immediately to consumers through Sprint. Users of both Windows and Mac platforms will be able to use EVDO connectivity without the need for a PCMCIA slot on Sprint’s Sprint Power Vision Network. Read more…

University Students Require Tablet PCs

The ‘must have’ item for incoming freshman engineering students at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University this year is the convertible Tablet PC. The Virginia school was a pioneer in requiring students to have PCs in the mid ’80s. Today most students are foregoing desktop PCs for the portability and convenience of Notebook and Tablet PCs. Read more…





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