2010: The Year of the Tablet

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/23/2010-the-year-of-the-tablet/


By NICK BILTON

Apple tablet patent
uspto.gov An image from an Apple tablet patent.

Publishers made 2009 the year of the concept newspaper and magazine. Time Inc. teamed up with a design company, the Wonder Factory, to create a fun concept video of the Sports Illustrated of the future. Then there was another concept video from the Bonnier Group, a Swedish media company, which went a step further and moved the words and images off a screen and onto a table, allowing you to flick, drag and scroll in thin air.

There is, however, one problem with all of these wonderful and creative mock-ups: After you watch the videos and imagine what a device like this might offer, you are left with nothing more than a memory of a fancy concept. Yes, they are beautifully presented, but they are mostly pie-in-the-sky ideas. Until someone actually creates the hardware to run these experiences, concepts like that in the Bonnier Group video are about as realistic as those in a video about time travel or flying cars.

It’s important to understand how difficult these devices will be to produce, especially if done right. You can read an earlier Bits post that outlined five reasons why tablets have flopped.

There are major hardware limitations with a real tablet. E-readers like the Kindle from Amazon and the Reader from Sony use E Ink for longer battery life and ease of reading. To make similar devices with a fully immersive color screen, you face problems with battery power, operating systems, price and a grab bag of other technical challenges. An affordable 10-inch screen capable of streaming video, with full interaction and a constant Web connection is going to require a power outlet every two hours.

Apple tablet patentuspto.gov

The Apple Tablet
A lot of the concept videos and mock-ups floating around the Web can be likened to publishers sounding a mating call to Apple. They want a device. And although laptop and mobile manufacturers like Dell, Sony and Hewlett-Packard have long known about the consumer yearnings for such a product, they seem to be waiting for Apple to innovate and change the way we read magazines, newspapers, blogs and books.

Like almost all the people covering technology, I have no doubt that Apple will release a tabletlike device in 2010; there are too many signs that point in this direction. Let’s put all the rumors aside for a moment and look at the facts. There’s the endless chain of patents, as Brad Stone reported in The New York Times in late September on the rehiring of Michael Tchao, who worked on the Apple Newton. I’ve had many discussions with publishers and content creators that sustain my suspicions.

But the icing on the cake comes from a current senior employee inside Apple. When one of my colleagues here asked if the rumors of the Apple tablet were true, and when we could expect such a device, the response from his source was, “I can’t really say anything, but, let’s just say Steve is extremely happy with the new tablet.”

Yet another recently departed Apple employee tipped me: “You will be very surprised how you interact with the new tablet.”

A former Apple employee, whose name appears on numerous Apple patents, worked on an Apple tablet five years ago and recently told me when the first version of the tablet was shelved by Steve Jobs, a lot of the technology made it into other devices. He explained that components of these early stage concepts are already out in the marketplace. If you have an iPhone, for example, you’re carrying around a mini version of an early Apple tablet. He also says that one of the barriers to producing the early tablets was the lack of software. The success of the App Store and the eagerness of the publishers show that this won’t be a problem for any new devices.

Other Contenders
Microsoft is another company to watch through 2010 as a potential contender in the tablet marketplace. Senior Microsoft executives have been talking to publishing companies over the past few months, showing off mock-ups of the dual-screened Courier tablet device, first reported by Gizmodo in late September.

The JooJoo, formerly the Crunchpad, had the most promise for an inexpensive consumer tablet. The original price of the JooJoo was going to be $200, but it is now being offered for $500. When Wired’s Gadget Lab got a hands-on session with the JooJoo it had this to say: “Though it seems to have the hardware design and form factor right, the list of what it can’t do, for now, outweighs what it can.”

The JooJoo was a prime example of the difficulty that device manufacturers face trying to make a new tabletlike experience.

It’s clear from the public excitement and positive feedback to these videos, prototypes and concepts that people really want a tablet. I know I do.

1 .
NYMetroCityState
December 23rd, 2009
5:36 pm
I just don’t get it.
Why do I need one?
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2 .
Oregun
December 23rd, 2009
7:42 pm
I have been using an old HP tablet for 4/5 years. You can’t walk around with a
laptop and do work you can with a tablet and its touch oriented pen. Think of it
as a palmtop with 1024 by 768 screen which you can switch from landscape to
potrait quite siimple. Try one before you dissmiss it.
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3 .
New York, NY
December 23rd, 2009
7:42 pm
I’ve explored the fundamental differences between ‘prototypes’ and shipping products as byproduct of design strategy in:

Why Apple doesn’t do “Concept Products”
http://counternotions.com…

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4 .
Long Beach, CA
December 23rd, 2009
7:42 pm
When my trusty PowerBook died last month, I did what I thought I’d never do: I bought a PC — a Windows PC, no less; specifically, I bought a tablet laptop, currently running Vista. I bought it because I wanted a tablet that would work with MS Office, allowing me to write on the screen on PowerPoint, Word, and Excel. So far, the tablet I bought is fast, hasn’t crashed, and is expandable; the processor and wireless chips can be upgraded. Switching to Vista from OSX Leopard wasn’t hard to do; in fact, there are features about Windows that I actually prefer over the OSX, such as menus on the top of each application window and being able to resize windows from all sides. Next week, I plan on upgrading it to Windows 7.
But I haven’t totally abandoned Apple: I will see what the new tablet is about, but I probably won’t be buying it until it is more affordable.
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5 .
Ithaca, New York
December 23rd, 2009
7:42 pm
Not since Moses carried one down from a burning bush, has there been this much interest in a tablet.

Here’s what it could be, if Apple is thinking different enough: a high-resolution screen for ebook reading that’s easy on the eyes; a touch and stylus-touch screen that saves time and effort; a perfect companion for students and business persons who need to not only read text, but process it; a media player and media recording studio; an Internet-everywhere portal; a portable computer with thousands of cheap but good apps.

What’s not to love ?

Michael Pastore
50 Benefits of Ebooks

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6 .
EEUU
December 23rd, 2009
7:42 pm
The NY Times reporter comments, “…people really want a tablet. I know I do.” I do not. I already have one, the HP tc4400 c. 2005.

The key problem in handwriting recognition. It works at the level of a bright 4-year old. This is an ancient problem worked on since the late 1950s. The 2010 tablet will be only a little more effective than the 2004 tablet.

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7 .
Puerto Rico
December 23rd, 2009
7:43 pm
Need follows form?
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8 .
Los Angeles
December 23rd, 2009
7:43 pm
For me, carrying a tablet is a serious compromise in terms of usability and convenience. What we really need are Augumented Reality glasses.
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9 .
TX
December 23rd, 2009
7:43 pm
I could totally use one of these. It’s like a computer without the silly input devices—I mean come on, physical keyboards and mice/trackpads really are, at this stage in the game, relatively silly input devices. Make the thing easy to read/type on—give me a good virtual keyboard—and I’m there.
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10 .
Toronto
December 24th, 2009
12:20 am
I’ve used three Windows tablets over the last few years. A Thinkpad X41 was my favourite. Great when standing up on a crowded bus – read an ebook or work on a spreadsheet with a stylus. I used tablets with data projector for lecturing for two years – using the pen ‘live’ during classes to add manuscript comments and diagrams to otherwise tedious prepared Powerpoint slides. Biggest problem there was the screen ending up a big mess, though it could be saved with the ‘ink’ and put on Web, or even recorded (eg Camtasia) and put on Web. But currently I’m back to using a non-tablet plus traditional overhead projector and two screens- and eagerly awaiting Steve Jobs’ miracle!!
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11 .
Chicago
December 24th, 2009
12:20 am
I’ve been a MacMan since the year after they came out in 1984. I’ve owned maybe 9 Macs in all, 4 desktops and 5 laptops. Steve Jobs is the closet thing to a creative/techno/business genius since Edison.

If Apple’s coming out with a tablet, I want it.

Bill Gates and all the others should wait, and copy it…like they always do.

http://buythecover.com

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12 .
Santa Fe, NM
December 24th, 2009
12:20 am
The idea sounds great in the abstract. And today, I saw (for me) the dream version in a 15-possible-versions article. In effect, 10″ MB without a lid or keyboard, replete with slots for CD, SD, USB, mag-safe power. Gimme. But then, I thought: I’ll use it only for travel. And I don’t travel that much.
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13 .
Del Mar, CA
December 24th, 2009
12:20 am
Apple Computer (AAPL) makes the best-in-class of everything it touches; while other products are cheaper, Apple is the best. I had a Toshiba tablet and it stunk. I had a Dell Desktop and it was so-so; I had an Archos portable music player and it was a brick. Since then I am 100% Apple (iMac, laptop, iPhone); the Apple Tablet will be great and I cannot wait.
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14 .
Brooklyn NY
December 24th, 2009
12:20 am
the pricing and placement is what interests me. Will ATT get it and subsidize the price? How will it relate to the iPhone re integration, and pricing for both. In a month we may know.
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15 .
New York, NY
December 24th, 2009
12:20 am
Since Apple’s pretty much solved the interface (multi-touch) and will surely innovate further on it, not to mention business model (App Store), the only real hurdle is the price point. And even so, Apple can reliably expect to charge a premium for the early versions and get the cost down with volume later (see iPod). My bet is $599.
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16 .
Portland OR
December 24th, 2009
12:21 am
@ dePaul (#1)

You are right – you do not need one. Nor do you need a cell phone or even a computer. You do not NEED a car or even a bicycle.

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17 .
California
December 24th, 2009
12:21 am
As a next level computing platform (that is for the kids of the Iphone generation) it could work.
The Iphone has trained enough folks on how to approach a touch tablet device and gave us all a glimpse of what to expect. Geeks and nerds forget something: there is a whole group of people that don’t need (or want) a computer in it’s current form. What they want is a giant Ipod with some basic programs that allow it to be a computer when they need it to be, but mostly will be used for the internet, reading books, watching videos and music playback.
If this tablet is “fun” all rational arguments about it go out the window . Not that different than their new twenty seven inch Imac…have you tried to sit in front of one? It’s like being in the front row of a movie theatre, it totally envelopes you (which I hate). That said, I want one…in a irrational and bad way. Damm you Apple! Damm you to Hell!
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18 .
Minneapolis
December 24th, 2009
1:22 am
Michael Pastore, at the risk of sounding terribly pedantic, but in the interests of cultural literacy, I would like to point out that the burning bush in Exodus has nothing to do with tablets.

God revealed himself to Moses in the burning bush before Moses was sent to Egypt to spring the Israelites. Some years later, after the Israelites had been sprung and were wandering around in the wilderness, Moses went up to the mountain to receive the 10 commandments on tablets — probably hand carved on granite by the Great Programmer Himself.

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19 .
Vancouver, BC
December 24th, 2009
1:22 am
I have been using a tablet with stylus for about 30 years and swear by the technology. Highly portable, easy to use, full colour, hi res, auto saves your work, etc. You should try one before you knock it. I recommend Hilroy or Mead but there are many OEM’s that offer similar products that will do the trick.
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20 .
New York City
December 24th, 2009
1:22 am
I’m waiting for the release of an implantable chip – right to my brain – so I can see, watch, read, write, listen to and view everything and anything just by closing my eyes and twitching my neck. Maybe they will include a modem and microphone so I can use the chip to make phone calls too.
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21 .
Philadelphia, PA
December 24th, 2009
9:52 am
I’m done with Apple. I’ve had three broken Ipods and two broken MacBook Pros that all died right after the end of their AppleCare warranties. They were in the shop multiple times while under warranty, and I’ve treated them like infants. What gives? The quality control on Apple products these days is poor at best.

Before, I stuck with Macs because I liked OSX. These days I find Windows 7 and Snow Leopard aren’t all the different. In fact, in my hands Windows 7 is proving to be more reliable. I have a dual-boot system (using Bootcamp), and I find myself spending more time with the Windows 7 partition.

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22 .
New York
December 24th, 2009
9:52 am
I think at least parts of the back of the tablet will have touch sensors like the new magic mouse from apple for things like paging and scrolling. That way you wouldn’t need to obscure what your looking at when you want to navigate around the pages or whatever.
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23 .
usa
December 24th, 2009
9:52 am
Hopefully with Mac inside.
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24 .
San Dimas, CA
December 24th, 2009
9:53 am
I’m puzzled about the spate of articles heralding the expected “introduction” of tablet computers. I’ve been using a Lenovo X60 tablet computer for the last 3 years for all of my business and personal needs. It is far and away the best and most versatile computer I’ve ever owned. I wouldn’t consider going back to a non-tablet laptop. Battery life tends to be 4+ hours, which is more than enough to allow me to read the newspapers online from my armchair in the mornings, as well as keep me productive on the plane during business trips. I am excited to know that Apple is coming out with a tablet computer — but folks, there are already some great tablets out there that you could have been using all along!
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25 .
Boston, MA
December 24th, 2009
9:53 am
I would love an Apple tablet that could replace (not augment, replace) my existing pair of Dell PCs (a desktop and a laptop). For that, it would have to provide a fluid and comfortable typing experience — not handwriting, typing. (I’m a writer. I don’t hand-write articles. Just pondering the possibility makes my hands hurt.)

If it doesn’t do that… I already have an iPhone and a laptop, why would I want this thing? If the value proposition is essentially “superdeluxe Kindle”, and I fear that it will be, that might thrill the true believers but it won’t exactly set the world on fire.

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California
December 24th, 2009
10:53 am
The long-awaited Apple tablet with the following capabilities will be introduced:
– 7-inch model for travel (handheld and double-DIN, vehicle dashboard) use — the standard 180x100mm (4×7-inch) in-dash panel
– 10-inch model for in-home/office desktop and sofa use — a netbook alternative and more…

The Apple Tablet — the “iPad” (yes, with an “a”) will be far more versatile than any portable computing device on the market:
– Tablet Computer with touch, keyboard, voice input options
– Home Remote — Control the HDTV, Stereo and related components as well as whole-house appliance functions
– Game Pad — The versatile tablets will be able to act as a wireless gaming controller for AppleTV or a standalone gaming device, just like today’s iPod and iPhone.
– iChat Phone — a rear facing camera above the screen will usher in a new era in which VOIP (video) phones finally go mainstream

Online content services:
– HDTV videos and movies (sales, rentals, subscriptions)
– Live broadcast HDTV (channel subscriptions)
– Music (rentals and subscriptions)
– Magazines, newspapers and books (subscriptions, sales)
– Games (software sales and network player subscriptions)

All to be served by Apple’s two data centers — in North Carolina (under construction) and California

Home Entertainment Option
– AppleTV

Already a part of the iPod/iPhone division, AppleTV finally will become the “fourth leg” of Apple’s consumer electronics strategy. Expect true 30-, 40- and 50-inch AppleTV models with the guts of the current AppleTV to be expanded and improved. Initially, it will be installed behind the LED-based LCD display but in the future, a top-of-the line OLED HDTV model will be unveiled.

The new tablets, along with the current iPod Touch and iPhone, will gain new software that allow them to act as controllers for AppleTV and AppleGames.

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Michael Stern
Harlem
December 24th, 2009
10:54 am
I am a fan of Fujitsu Stylistic tablets. They are not worth the $3000 or $4000 they cost new, but once they go off lease they hit eBay for $200 or so. They’re great for taking notes, surfing the web, and occasional e-mail. The handwriting recognition software that Microsoft built into Windows XP Tablet Edition is extremely impressive, vastly better than the ‘inkwell’ technology in Mac OS X. Presumably, Apple has either cooked up a significant revision to inkwell, or will be using a virtual keyboard for entering text.
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New York
December 24th, 2009
12:36 pm
Admission: I *am* an Apple fanboi; believe that Steve Jobs is Willy Wonka incarnate; and am generally looking forward to what I imagine will be an amazing product, but …

I’m wondering what the actual reading experience will be like. Right now, if I try to read on my iPhone when I’m in bed at night, it’s like having a flashlight shine into my tired eyes – very uncomfortable.

E-ink seems to be the best technology for reading at the moment … I hope that Apple will somehow manage to incorporate something like this, though it seems incompatible with a screen that would also display movies, etc.

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