Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Apple I've Been Waiting For...

I just finished reading an article from Mac Rumors regarding continuing rumors about an Apple netbook or tablet (article link). This rumor has been swirling for a long time. I would love to see either of the two products.

I think there are some holes in the Apple line-up. Here's my mind map from Gliffy showing the line-up with my suggested new products in red.

I'm suggesting a small-end laptop called a MacBook Mini and a larger iPod-type tablet called an iPod Touch Pro. Both fit into the current naming scheme and product line-up.

I think both of these would be great for education. Personally, I think I'd rather have an iPod Touch Pro. Here's what it should have:
  • iPod Touch OS
  • 8"-10" Multi-touch screen
  • Ability to be networked
  • Wifi
  • Bluetooth?
  • App. Store
  • USB port-connecting keyboard for real writing assignments
  • Built-in camera
  • Some sort of stand
  • Video/audio out
  • 8 hour battery life
A netbook would be similar but based on the full-scale OS X rather than the mobile iPod OS.

I'm not really techie on the mechanics. However, from a teacher point of view, the real drawback of the current iPod Touch is the screen size and the lack of input options. I just can't see typing more than a few lines with the on-screen keyboard.

Mr. Jobs, if you're reading this, I'll gladly beta test either the netbook or the tablet. I need a set of 26 for my class to share. Thank you!

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