John Gruber on “The Tablet” »

If you’re thinking The Tablet is just a big iPhone, or just Apple’s take on the e-reader, or just a media player, or just anything, I say you’re thinking too small — the equivalent of thinking that the iPhone was going to be just a click wheel iPod that made phone calls. I think The Tablet is nothing short of Apple’s reconception of personal computing.

John Gruber, as always, totally delivers with what is easily the most thoughtful article I’ve read on the rumored Apple tablet.  A really great read.


  1. Jon

    I feel that all of this conjecture on the tablet is a bit of a waste. I'm looking forward to seeing what Apple comes out with, but it could have any combination of qualities. Whatever it is, I think that the full impact won't hit us for several months, like the iPhone. The iPhone continues to become a life changing device for me, maybe even more than Tivo. I don't think it will replace a laptop. I can't see myself doing FileMaker development, for example, on a 7″-10″ touchscreen. If it's an eBook, TV remote, Tivo, Netflix-streaming, Web-browsing computer, I'd be very interested.

  2. Ken Clark

    I agree that we probably don't know the impact of the device for a couple months – I remember having the 2G iPhone, and it just being primarily a “fanboy” device until the 3G and the iPhone SDK launched. That said, the big allure of following all the speculation and rumors for me at least, is the possibility that Apple could deliver yet another device that is so innovative whose utility becomes obvious in retrospect, but was never before realized. It really will be amazing if they can do it again.

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