Mac Tablet PC unveiled at Mac World

Posted on Friday, Jan 12 2007 @ 19:35 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
World's first Mac Tablet PC was showcased at MacWorld this week but it's not made by Apple. The ModBook is manufactured by Axiotron, who says its the first Mac OS X tablet computer solution.

The device features a Core 2 Duo processor and will be available in April for a price of $2,279.
Each ModBook starts off as a MacBook Core 2 Duo but undergoes a surgical operation where its original display and keyboard are severed, then replaced with a new 13.3-inch Wacom pen enabled widescreen display set in a chrome-plated magnesium top shell.

The device runs the current version of Mac OS X and utilizes that software's built-in Inkwell handwriting recognition. Meanwhile, the tablet retains all of the hardware features of the current Apple MacBook line, such as a 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, an integrated camera and CD/DVD combo drive.

While the ModBook utilizes the original MacBook iSight camera, it has been slightly tilted downwards to allow video conference applications like iChat to better frame the face of the user.

The base configuration ModBook fetches $2,279 and includes a 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo Apple MacBook with full ModBook tablet conversion and a one-year Other World Computing warranty. Additional configurations include such options as: an Axiotron ModBook GPS Module, 2 year warranty extension plans, 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, up to 2GB DDR2 SDRAM, up to 160GB (5400-RPM) or 200GB (4200-RPM) hard drive, 6x or 8x DVD±RW and CD-RW slot-load combo drive.
The device also features optional built-in GPS. More details and some photos at Apple Insider.


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Re: Mac Tablet PC unveiled at Mac World
by Anonymous on Friday, Jan 12 2007 @ 23:05 CET
Pretty expensive and it looks kinda weird, I don't really like the design.