RUMOR: Apple prototyping 10-, 13-, and 15-inch tablets, at least one runs full Mac OS X

“This one caught us by surprise, but it comes from a source that has always been 100% reliable: Not only Apple may be working on a 10-inch tablet, but also in 13″ and 15″ models, one running Mac OS X,” Jesus Diaz reports for Gizmodo.

“This source claims that the two touchscreen prototypes—made of aluminum, but on the shape of big iPhones—were in a factory in Shenzuen, China. One of them ‘was running Mac OS X 10.5.’ When I asked, the source didn’t know if these were built for demonstration purposes, or if they were preproduction units. The company has a tight relation with Apple but ‘it’s not FoxConn,'” Diaz reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: Real or not, you decide. All we know, is that over a year ago we reported a rumor that Apple’s secret product is ‘MacBook touch’. Said our source — the same one who tipped us to wireless iTunes Store sales direct to iPod and iPhone a week before Apple debuted it — in staccato fashion:

Think MacBook screen, possibly a bit smaller, in glass with iPhone-like, but fuller-featured Multi-Touch. Gesture library. Full Mac OS X. This is why they bought P.A. Semi. Possibly with Immersion’s haptic tech. Slot-loading SuperDrive. Accelerometer. GPS. Pretty expensive to produce initially, but sold at “low” price that will reduce margins. Apple wants to move these babies. And move they will. This is some sick shit. App Store-compatible, able to run Mac apps, too.

Our source subsequently told us that “the SuperDrive will not be part of the finished devices, ‘It was just in some of the prototypes for various reason(s).'”

43 Comments

  1. @ HMCIV – transparent aluminum is *already here*.

    Main use so far is canopies for black-project aircraft, apparently (that’s me putting 2+2 together from the corporate website, not some ‘free-republic’ lunacy).

  2. I think it’s important to note that the Finder is just an app… and getting that app up to speed with the Cocoa frameworks makes it easier to change the ui behavior(?) Or perhaps the new 10.6 Finder optimizations / rewrite is just the result of a parallel effort of developing a new touch Finder for such devices(?) Take for example, the new Stacks behavior… being able to drill down the entire system… seems like it would be perfect for touch input… Interesting to think about… Regardless, I think it’s all very likely.

  3. ahem

    remember me?

    prototyping yes, manufacturing…… mmmmmaaaaayyyybe

    and to be more specific its 10.1″ 13.3″ and 15.4″

    usage, modeling, and supporting of the units must be up to Mr. Jobs standards before we proceed with anything other than the 10″

    These devices are being re-re-designed to sneak an AppleTV TV into your home without you knowing, we determin after a few months there will be a demand for larger units based on the same core design, but then touch becomes a misnomer, we will resolve this by allowing you to bond the devices, for example you can control your 100″ apple tv tv with your 10″ apple tv tv, if you so choose, this will also allow you to control your same size devices, with the same device. get it.. this is all still prototyping

  4. I call phony. Not the rumor of course. The rumor is true. But it is a decoy put out by Apple to flush out the leaks. Someone is going to be fired or some company is going to loose a contract over this…maybe there will be an unexplained suicide somewhere in Schezuan province this weekend.

  5. For those persons who think that OS X .5 or .6 is not well written for multi touch, you are morons. How many of you have MacBook Pros or MacBook Airs? Don’t give me the “Jarrett, that is a track pad not a screen” If you moroons don’t think that our favoraite fruit company could not manage to tweak “Their” OS then you are all dumber than I thought. Trust me, that in itself is saying something.

    MDN Word, Family….. As in you are all part of the family….MAC dorks.

  6. The heck with those antiquated rigid slabs. How about a flexible screen that rolls up like a papyrus scroll? The aspect ratio can go from 4:3 to 16:9 or beyond.

    When not expanded it doubles as a back scratcher.

  7. I’d rather have a 13″ or 15″ MacBook Pro than a 13″ or 15″ tablet.

    I write for my living. Imagine spending hours typing on a glass-screen tablet.

    Tablets are for portability, and for that I don’t need 13″ or 15″ screens. About the size of a paperback book is my ideal.

    Preferably I want a nice small keyboard like netbooks.

    I can’t understand Apple’s emphasis on tablets. I want an Apple netbook.

  8. Why cant the MacBook touch look like a book. IE Like an air turned on its side you open the book and have touch screens on each side you can read the e-books just like a book, then when you need to use it for computing you lay it down and the lower screen becomes the keyboard (Any language) and Track Pad.

  9. Go back about 2 years ago. Apple has a patent in for doing touch screens that are plastic. This will be what ends up in any touch thing. This is also one of the biggest hold ups. Steve Jobs has not liked the plastic screens at all. Until this year, when they made some major changes to it.

    Plastic screen because it makes it lighter and less prone to breaking. The bigger glass screens like in the iPhone tend to crack when you scale them up. And they add a lot to the weight. Steve didn’t like these.

    The new plastic touch screens look and feel just like glass, and are about 1/3 the weight.

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