“Apple’s anticipated press event later this month is widely expected to debut a new tabled-sized device as a sibling to the company’s Mac, iPod and iPhone product lines. Here’s what has led up to the launch, and why the futuristic tablet hasn’t taken off so far,” Prince McLean reports for AppleInsider.
“The new “iSlate” or perhaps “iBook” product that observers hope to see from Apple is thought to include a new graphical interface based on the multitouch foundation of the iPhone, and is anticipated to physically fit between the pocket-sized form factor of the iPhone and iPod touch and the 13-inch notebooks of Apple’s Mac lineup,” McLean reports.
“A variety of vendors have tried to deliver tablet-like products over the past two decades, but none have been a standout success,” McLean reports. “This has the tech world watching with bated breath to see if Apple can apply its aura of desirability to the tablet segment in the same way that it has managed to do in desktops, notebooks, MP3 players and smartphones.”
McLean reports, “Looking at the history of tablet products of the past provides some clues as to why they haven’t taken off yet, and what new potential they might have this year, given the new advances in hardware technology and the platform advancements that have stoked a software market capable of supporting users’ interest in such a device.”
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