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post Mar 15 2004, 02:13 PM
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http://www.brighthand.com/article/RumorMil..._Apple_Handheld

"Apparently it will use a clamshell design, with the screen on one side and keyboard on the other. Like many recent clamshell models, the screen can be rotated around and closed over the keyboard, allowing the device to be used as a tablet."

I wonder from where they got this brilliant idea! wink.gif

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post Mar 15 2004, 03:31 PM
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Well, this will open up Slashdot season for the Apple Zelots and their "Apple Innovaes" mantra sad.gif It'll be the 'first 64 bit desktop' thing all over again - my Mesh Alpha desktop is still pissed about that one wink.gif

On the other hand it might well be called innovating - taking a fantastic product and actually marketing it so people know it exists.

I'm still not going to trade in my Z though biggrin.gif
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post Mar 15 2004, 03:33 PM
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Why doesn't apple simply write an os for the ZCxx?
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post Mar 15 2004, 04:06 PM
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Why doesn't apple simply write an os for the ZCxx?


The same reason they don't make an OS for PCs, they don't want to lose money on hardware sales (I assume).
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post Mar 15 2004, 04:22 PM
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I'll believe it when I see it.
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post Mar 15 2004, 04:45 PM
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http://www.macnet2.com/more.php?id=455_0_1_0
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post Mar 20 2004, 08:36 AM
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If this rumor is true (this rumor has been going on since '98, so I won't hold my breath) and it runs either an updated NewtonOS or OSX-lite with an Aqua-like interface, my Zaurus goes up for sale the day it's announced.

I had been using Linux for several years here at home but was always frustrated with the desktops available and always needing to tweak scripts and stuff when installing new hardware. Then I switched to OS X for my desktop and have never been happier. All the power of Linux with a solid UI and much more software... and the hardware is great. I still use Linux for my servers, as it runs on cheap, obsolete hardware and is a bit easier to administer.

If Apple does as good a job creating a handheld as they have with their other products, it's going to be slick.
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post Mar 20 2004, 08:49 AM
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If this rumor is true (this rumor has been going on since '98, so I won't hold my breath) and it runs either an updated NewtonOS or OSX-lite with an Aqua-like interface, my Zaurus goes up for sale the day it's announced.


YOU TRAITOR!!!!! Ok... I will be heading over to the dark side with you! ;-)

Apple makes one hell of a hardware product. OSX is also pretty sweet in its own right. As well, Apple will put forward a much better marketing strategy as well as supporting development for it much better. It will have the US market and commercial software that the Z never had. I will not get rid of all my Z's, but I will have one of these.

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post Mar 20 2004, 09:42 AM
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The dark side? It's not like I'm planning to buy a WinCE device! smile.gif

If this happens, I would also like to keep my Z as well, but I'd probably need to sell it just to afford an Apple handheld.
I'm a little skeptical there will be an Apple handheld as I don't think there'd be a big enough market no matter how great the device is. I'm more inclined to believe in the rumors of a 4th gen iPod with video out, 2" color LCD, and a 50GB drive. I'll be mad if they do release a 4th gen like that, though, as I just bought a 40GB iPod.

I will say, the iPod has an excellent AddressBook and Calendar... better than most handheld PIMs in terms of viewing information.
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post Mar 20 2004, 10:40 AM
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I guess Steve Jobs was asleep when someone made this decision? (The man has never acknowledged the PDA as a good thing idea)

I would assume that an OSX-lite OS would be the only option.

Believe it when I see it, though...
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post Mar 20 2004, 11:11 AM
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you guys ought to forget about apple since its all for him and none for open. Stick with linux you trators!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DRM, propriatery hardware, software, blah blah blah...its kinda worse than microsoft if you ask me......it plain sucks.
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post Mar 20 2004, 11:17 AM
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Oh please. Apple has contributed plenty back to the OSS community (GNU-Darwin for instance), so spread your FUD elsewhere. Besides, "trator" is spelled "traitor".
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