Apple Mac Tablet To Compete Directly With Amazon's Kindle?
by, October 1st, 2009 at 11:25 AM
Rumored details have been emerging regarding the fabled Apple Mac tablet. Some details are more of the same and other details are laugh-worthy hokum. But finally, there is speculation that actually points to a specific purpose and market for an Apple tablet.
As I have stated previously I am skeptical of the success of any tablet from any company. Tablets generally do the same tasks as laptops, but less effectively and at a greater price. There is a small niche market, such as architects and other artistic jobs, that may benefit from tablet computing, but because of the small target market of such users, Apple would have very little to benefit by producing a typical tablet. Because of this, I have always concluded that the rumored Apple tablet isn't going to be a tablet, and I have beaten anxiously awaiting news on what the main purpose of the speculated device may be.
Gizmodo offers, in my opinion, the best speculation on Apple's "tablet" saying that it is designed primarily for digital reading—textbooks, magazines, newspapers, novels, etc. This would make it a competing device for Amazon's Kindle reader. Not to say that the Mac tablet would be just for reading books and articles, it would likely have iPod touch functionality, making it more appealing than the Kindle which currently has a black and white screen.
Many students would benefit from a digital reader that would allow them to carry all their text books in a single, light, and portable device. And having a distribution method via iTunes would make text book shopping a much easier process. But will this justify the rumored high price? Personally, I feel that $599 - $799 for a 10" iPod touch type of a device is too much for what it does, or doesn't, do. A device with a 10" screen can't fit into your pocket very well and if you had to carry it around in a backpack, you may as well go for a fully functional laptop.
Although I think the speculated price tag is far too high, I do think the e-reader idea is interesting. Based on that, this Apple tablet really isn't going to be a tablet computer, but rather a large iPod touch with an e-reader focus.
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