I'm not so sure about an Apple Tablet or PDA but I have to tell you that I'd be the first on my block to own either (or both)! So you don't need to sell me on the idea!
My question is this:
Why would Apple make a point to show off Ink?
Think about the following points:
First, The OS X 10.2 demo made to the developers wasn't covered under NDA and Apple **KNEW** it would be reported on. Even if the event was under NDA Apple had to know it woulda leaked.
Second, I think everyone agrees the developers/reporters/macgeeks/etc would have been more than impressed with 10.2 even if Steve didn't do an Ink demo...
Third, I don't care how much code Apple had already written it still must have taken quite a bit of time to get Ink working under OS X 10.2 - remember it came from the Newton and the CPU and OS that drove the Newton is just a tad (big grin) different than a PPC system running OS X.
To sum up...
Steve made a specific choice to show people software that took more and a few people time to get working in OS X 10.2 that most admit is very cool but 99.9% of all the Mac's on the planet can't make use of...
Why would Steve do this?!?!
My money says: TO SLOWLY DRIVE US CRAZY...
You have to admit this is very strange... Ink is good for input but it needs a tablet (not even talking about something as sexy as an touch sensitive LCD tablet mac) - just a plain old tablet such that some graphic designers use.
Problem is... Have you ever tried to write on a tablet (non-lcd)? It sucks! It's like those credit card devices that capture your sig into a computer... they slide the slip under this flap and you write (with a stylus) your sig. Its very weird... Second problem is: A tablet connect to a Mac means you are at a desktop Mac and you have a keyboard... Well if that's the case just use the keyboard! Almost everyone (even semi-comfortable with a keyboard) agrees that using the keyboard is faster than writing.
Ink technology really shines (and some like me would say is only really useful) when you have a device that can't support a full size keyboard. Palm or WinCE sized devices come to mind. LCD Tablets are another...
Palm/WinCE devices are out since I don't see OS X (darwin+Aqua) running on anything other than a PPC chip and I don't see fitting PPC+HD+LCD+MEMORY+PCMCIA+FW+BATTERY into a space that small... And if this 'new device' doesn't run X then why port Ink to X??
LCD Touch-Tablet Mac... Yes this is do-able and --maybe-- it can be done now...
Look at the new iBook as an example.
$1,199 buys you:
12.1-inch TFT XGA display
600MHz PowerPC G3 - 512K L2 cache @600MHz
System bus @100MHz
128MB SDRAM memory
20GB Ultra ATA drive
Up to 5 hr. battery life
Only 4.9 pounds!
Take that 12.1-inch and make it 8" (10") touch
Take that 600Mhz PPC G3 and make it 500Mhz (no L2?)
Take that 20GB drive and make it 10GB
AirPort or Modem or Cellular via Type II PCMCIA slot
Bluetooth via USB
The only things that are of question are technology and cost:
QUALITY Touchscreen LCDs - Are they available at prices cheap enough? I'm not talking about 320x200 rez here... The display would have to be better than that. I have no idea but I'd imagine if anyone could get their hand on one it would be Apple - I'm pretty sure Apple has a friend in the LCD business
. Power draw on the display would be a MAJOR issue...
Battery - can they give it enough power to last a long time? One would think that by using a low power iPod type toshiba HD could help but then would running X on it (more disk intensive than playing MP3) kill it? Remember the iPod has 32MB of memory so it can pre-load stuff and only access the HD when it's really needed... OS X can't really do that.
Screen and Battery aside...
Cost - Could Apple sell a tablet Mac @ 500Mhz for $899/$999 (I'd sure buy it but --huge disclaimer-- I've wanted something like this for some time and the company that I work for will buy it for me)
I dunno we still might have some time to wait... but if that's true then I have to re-ask my initial question:
"Why show off Ink?"
[ 05-21-2002: Message edited by: DaveGee ]