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    I reckon that Rantz chappie knows - but isn't allowed to say. (Although I may be reading too much into previous Rantz posts)

    Apple iSlate + Longbox = reason for me to purchase.

    Otherwise.... well.... maybe I'll buy it because I'm an Apple fanboy, but if money is short I'll maybe just buy the media on my Macbook Pro.
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      CommentAuthorstsparky
    • CommentTimeDec 31st 2009
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    I work for Apple and neither I or my coworkers know. The only good thing I've learnt from the rumor mill is Steve killed inferior prototypes twice earlier. I've hope we have a Kindle/Nook/Reader beater.
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      CommentAuthorhmobius
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2010
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    Gizmodo posted about Steve Ballmer demoing HP's new Windows 7-based Slate PC this morning. Something bound to push Apple to show its hand I would think. Certainly something I'll be sticking on the 2010 Xmas list anyway.
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      CommentAuthorMad_Man_Moon
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2010 edited
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    @hmobius
    Gizmodo posted about Steve Ballmer demoing HP's new Windows 7-based Slate PC this morning. Something bound to push Apple to show its hand I would think. Certainly something I'll be sticking on the 2010 Xmas list anyway.

    That looks nice, right ... and that new (full) HP Tablet does look very lovely as well ... if the iTenCommandments fails, I think HP will get my money as I've been holding off since ... well ...
    @JonCarpenter
    I imagine that screen resolution/format would be an issue for smaller tablets if you're thinking about reading comics on them - my old toshiba m200 had a wonderful 12" 1400x1080 screen which was high enough resolution to read on comfortably - my latest one has 1280x800 which is a totally hopeless format - being letterbox shaped it's too wide to read well horizontally and too narrow to read well vertically.

    I also had one of those (the slightly befier m205) 2 years back, and I totally agree.

    Comics in this medium (having read them on a netbook since my tablet got nabbed) need to be adapted, if they are going to work with any degree of decent quality for the end user. Which is, perhaps, one of the main issues.
    Surely the companies that produce these thin floppies, that we're addicted to buying four variants for (no? just me? don't worry, I've quit that now, thanks avatar), want to bypass another step in the procedure to remaster for the tiny screens we're seeing.

    I hope the tablet is the apple device that I've been waiting for, but more doubts have been raised in the last few months due to the intelligent speculation of the industry.

    Still, let's be positive.
    It will be powerful, high res and will have some miraculous new technology to reverse eyestrain.
    Some kind of eye-crack (resisting obviously shit joke), drawing you to stare at this amazing screen all day ... because you don't already do that in your crappy desk job and at home.
    It will change your life.

    FUN!
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      CommentAuthorstsparky
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2010
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    One rumor is it will have a "Barnes and Noble" bookstore as an ap ... which is interesting because they have a reader called the nook.

    We'll see. Wish I knew or even had a clue.
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    *squints suspiciously at stsparky*
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2010
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    This interests me as a platform for videogames far more than the iPhone does. Bigger screen means the main problem with iPhone games trying to be like traditional games (that of the players hands having to obscure the screen in order to touch the controls) is massively mitigated.

    I can think of several games I'd love to write for this sort of machine.
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    If there's any real level of pressure sensitivity in it, I'd give someone's left nut for it.

    Apparently someone from McGraw Hill let the cat out of the bag yesterday, on CNBC or such. I'm sure someone's YouTube'd it by now.
    • CommentAuthorgzapata
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2010 edited
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      CommentAuthorcosta_k
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2010
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    iPad makes it sound like a digital feminine hygiene product. There, I said it.
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    http://www.apple.com/ipad/
    Can't order it yet, but the official site's up.
    and of course with a name like iPad, I'm wondering if it comes in pink or red.
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      CommentAuthorSJD
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2010
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    I don't know. after reading it all I'm still not quite sold, but then, I've been holding off going Mac for years so that might have a lot to do with it.
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      CommentAuthorAlastair
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2010
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    vastly unimpressed, my friend and my conversations about it is here....

    http://strungoutwire.blogspot.com/
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      CommentAuthorSJD
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2010
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    I basically makes me think of a vastly expensive e-reader. It still cannot run multiple apps or support Flash so I'm automatically not interested. Might switch to a netbook if I need something more portable. Maybe in a generation or two when Apple decides to get innovative again.
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      CommentAuthorSJD
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2010
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    @Alastair

    That was an amusing Blog. Cheers.
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      CommentAuthorstsparky
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2010
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    It's not what I need it to be - a iPod touch / Wacom Cintiq / gesture pad/ remote at a better price point - but it could get there with the right apps ... if I was richer I'd buy a couple for artist acquaintances to use. Big Steve hopefully will gift us one.

    Now Ivey bugs me. Seriously. He hates I/O ports for some obscure design reason I can't fathom. I like my heavy MacBook with firewire 400. He doesn't. To replace it I'll need a MB Pro with a single FW 800. A built-in SD reader is moot.
    • CommentAuthorPow
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2010 edited
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    After a bit of fiddling on my laptop I've decided it could be amazing for comics, but doesn't do much else beyond the phone. Could see myself maybe buying the lowest possible spec one just for .cbr files on the bus, maybe. Don't think I'd buy all my weekly books on the thing though.
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    The important spec, if one were considering formatting content specifically for the device:
    768 x 1024 pixels in portrait mode at 132 dpi/ppi.
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    I, personally, am drooling over it.

    Then again, I'm typing this on a MacBook Air. So I probably have different needs and desires in my computing than you folks.

    And, jesus, the low-end model is only $500, with a $30/month unlimited 3G dataplan? I'll take three!