Apple Tablet PC is real, says Asus

Crave hangs with people in high places -- that's how we get exclusives and free food. A few weeks ago we were having a civilised dinner with our friends at Asus and angling for cool stories when we were told in a very hushed manner: "Asus is helping Apple build a Tablet PC."

We're tempted to ignore all Apple rumours because there's just so many of them, but this rings true because Asus is Apple's contract manufacturer. It's one of the companies responsible for building the iBooks, PowerBooks and MacBooks of this world, so when their guys tell us they're building an Apple Tablet, we believe them.

We checked back with our source at Asus on a different day and they confirmed that the Apple Tablet will not be based on existing Asus designs such as the R1. It will come from a completely new blueprint, possibly based on the patent Apple filed back in May 2005. We're guessing it'll be based on Intel Core architecture, a tweaked version of Leopard, and have all the multi-touch, CoverFlow goodness we've seen in the iPhone and iPod touch.

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It'd be VERY hard to have a multi touch tablet that was efficient.... most people write on their tablet and wrest their wrist on it during that... so that would could as a "touch" and your writing would be another one... you'd need some clever artificial inteligence to determin you are writing and didnt mean to multi touch with your wrist...

Mac PC have always had a high price-tag
but they hold value REALLY well over time. That's why used MacBooks' and stuff are still pretty expensive.

You get what you pay for ;-)

You don't get what you pay for, you get an ASUS notebook with an apple logo on it???

hold value?? are you saying that a computer of any sort holds it's value, as soon as you walk out the shop, it's value goes way down.

You really need evidence to back up ludicrous statements like this, what peple hae been trying to point out for years is there is no real reason why a MAC should be more expensive

whocares78 said,
You don't get what you pay for, you get an ASUS notebook with an apple logo on it???

hold value?? are you saying that a computer of any sort holds it's value, as soon as you walk out the shop, it's value goes way down.

You really need evidence to back up ludicrous statements like this, what peple hae been trying to point out for years is there is no real reason why a MAC should be more expensive


He may have been referring to future-proofing. My Macbook Pro's wireless card has A/B/G/N support, the ethernet is 10/100/1000, it supports USB 2.0, Firewire 400, and Firewire 800. Granted, the N support is Pre-N, but it's very hard to see this system being phased out as obsolete within even 10 years. Statements like that are ridiculous to make, given how fast technology moves. But, as a PC user, I was amazed to discover that this laptop already had all of this tech - and the stuff isn't even mainstream yet. Seemingly all but the most enthusiast-class generic laptops only carry technology that is currently mainstream, and thus are not very well "future proofed."

Just as a disclaimer, I'm not an Apple fanboy; I've been using Windows for over a decade and I've recently begun branching out into Linux. I've been very pleasantly surprised by the Apple experience, especially comparing it to my earlier Mac experiences, which occurred right around the time that Windows 95 was new stuff...

Ledgem said,
He may have been referring to future-proofing. My Macbook Pro's wireless card has A/B/G/N support, the ethernet is 10/100/1000, it supports USB 2.0, Firewire 400, and Firewire 800. Granted, the N support is Pre-N, but it's very hard to see this system being phased out as obsolete within even 10 years. Statements like that are ridiculous to make, given how fast technology moves. But, as a PC user, I was amazed to discover that this laptop already had all of this tech - and the stuff isn't even mainstream yet. Seemingly all but the most enthusiast-class generic laptops only carry technology that is currently mainstream, and thus are not very well "future proofed."

Just as a disclaimer, I'm not an Apple fanboy; I've been using Windows for over a decade and I've recently begun branching out into Linux. I've been very pleasantly surprised by the Apple experience, especially comparing it to my earlier Mac experiences, which occurred right around the time that Windows 95 was new stuff...

well i disagree, my laptop has the same and it's a three year old toshiba. in ten years the thing will be tooo slow to run anythign useful just like any other machine, you have to remember these are nothign special they use the same tech that pc manufacturers have. adn as for future proofiing, it's damn impossible to know what tech will be aout in 2 years let alone ten so i find it really hard to believe any machine will be usefull for anythign other than a paper wiegth in ten years.

and when it comes down to it ASUS are making them why woudl asus make apples with technology better than their own brand laptops

So would I (I use a Tc1100 tablet), and of course I'd exclusively run Vista on it, I'd even be sure to corrupt teh OS X installation...

but it would be hard to get one in a heart beat if it cost $3000. Remember, this is apple.

Thrawn said,
So would I (I use a Tc1100 tablet), and of course I'd exclusively run Vista on it, I'd even be sure to corrupt teh OS X installation...

but it would be hard to get one in a heart beat if it cost $3000. Remember, this is apple.

That was almost good flamebait, but way too obvious. Try to be more subtle next time.

a "tablet" won't support multitouch.


a Tablet uses a compeltely different technology from touch. a tablet PC with a touch screen would be absolutely useless, it breaks the whole point of it being a tablet PC.

BEsides who wants to drag their fingers all over a PC screen... Not only do you have to use excessive hand movement, but you'll get smeared screens and your hands constanly block most of the screen.


A tablet PC is very great for it's uses, replace the tbalet with touch, an dyou have a useless interface.

I would have to argue this.

Yes, tabletPC uses a different technology than multi-touch. But that does not mean that a multi-touch tablet would be a bad thing. I for one would not mind not using a stylus on a tablet, since it becomes a pain if you need to switch between typing and drawing on-screen. We do not know for sure that the "Apple Tablet" will have a multi-touch screen, it's just the author making speculations based on the iPhone and and new iPod.

We should all keep in mind that the MacBook and MacBookPro lines are overdue for a product line update, so maybe this will be successor to the MacBookPro? There are rumors about a super-thin MacBookPro, what if that turned out to be a super-thin-tablet? (again, just speculations)

But yeah... I <3 the idea of Apple making a tablet. I was actually thinking of selling my old laptop (Compaq V2000) and getting either a TabletPC or a MacBookPro. But now that this is semi-official, I think I can wait for a Tablet-Mac-Pro :p

- morficus

you missed the point that a tablet PC with a touch screen is NOT a tablet PC.

and yeah, you might think moving your fingers all over your laptop screen is fun... for about a day or two... then it becomes really just annoying. not tomention not very precise.


And even if you could use two pens on a tablet, unless you're ambidextrous that won't work very well, and even then it's not what I'd call a good interface.

Remember who the target users for a tablet PC is, it's primarily artists, of some level. who use it to draw, sketch or do other work where a tabløet is handy, and it allows them to see what they draw as they draw it, unlike traditional tablets, and without being locked to a desk like the Wacom tablet with a screen built in does.


Replacing the tablet with touch, you don't have a TabletPC anymore, but a Smart Display. wich was a very good idea when MS designed them some 6 years ago. But at the time Hospitals and such wheren't ready to adopt the tech yet (smart displays use da touch surface and a very small CPU/memory in the unit, relying on terminal services to provide the desktop, and was meant for nurses and doctors to carry aroudn the hopital with easy access to the journal systems). of course Smart displays have been superceded now by the small full screen/touch screen computers that does the same, but are smaller and lighter to use.

Hmm. I don't think Apple will be happy that ASUS have leaked information about an unannounced Apple product. Seems to me that ASUS won't be making the tablet after all.

Remember back than Ati announced a day to soon that the new Macs will have Radeons in them?
Steve Jobs was furious about that, and the Macs announced a day later didn't have the Radeons in them, only the years old Rage cards.

I don't think Ati could have cared less if they put in the Radeons or the old Rages, but we as customers were left out in the cold.

Same thing happened when Samsung announced it would be providing the CPU's for the 5th gen ipods. The contract was immediately cancelled. Samsung makes some great products, but damn are they stupid.

kraized said,
Hmm. I don't think Apple will be happy that ASUS have leaked information about an unannounced Apple product. Seems to me that ASUS won't be making the tablet after all. :laugh:

It's always like this.. it's as if it's apple's way of marketing. They have rumors released, and then the final punchline is when Steve Jobs, himself, gets up and announces it to the world while he's holding the device. Quite cool. =P