The Boy Who Cried "Mac Tablet PC"
Once again we’re back on the Mac Tablet rumor merry-go-round, but this time there may be some substance behind the rumors. For the past several days the web has been abuzz with rumors of a new Mac Tablet ready to hit production and debut in early 2007.
The rumor appears to have started with a home automation site, smarthouse.com, but has since been picked up and spread by such reputable sites as ZDnet and InformationWeek. Starting on a home automation site makes sense since the Mac Tablet envisioned is at heart a home based media and control device.
The new Mac Tablet as reported on the site, would have full PC capability but would be geared more towards in home use as a portable media controller and home automation controller. It would have built in support for third-party applications to control home lighting, security, entertainment devices, etc.
Some specs new to the Mac Tablet rumor rap sheet are wireless linking to next gen WiFi HiFi speakers and a docking station. The docking station reputatly has additional memory capablity for users to stream media to the Tablet, and HDMI connections to hook up to presumably big screen HDTVs.
While apparently the Mac Tablet won’t go after the enterprise market, it’s scope may also include the academic arena. The Mac Tablet could fit nicely into the classroom or lecture hall as a portable presentation device.
David Richards of Smarthouse.com claims to have seen a working a prototype of the unit at Apple several months ago. The site claims Apple is shopping for manufacturers in Taiwan for a launch sometime in mid-2007.
Only time will tell if this rumor is true, but a Mac Tablet to compliment Apple’s iTV and act as a home media controller sounds pretty plausible to me.