If you'd been wondering what had happened to the ModBook tablet - a butchered MacBook turned into a highly-covetable pen-controlled device - then you'll be pleased to hear that, while OWC/Axiotron have missed their initial delivery estimates, they're planning to ship completed units (with upgraded innards at no extra cost, in fact) by the end of June.
The Unofficial Apple Weblog have once again allowed their lust for Apple-esque hardware to tempt them, and have put up a whole gallery of the ModBook, a slate-format tablet computer that runs OS X. Basically a dismantled-then-rebuilt-differently Apple notebook, it uses the the OS's in-built Inkwell software for handwriting recognition, gesture control and pen functionality.
A joint-collaboration with Axiotron and OWC, it also has an optional GPS module using the SiRFstar III chipset. 802.11g and Bluetooth wireless, iSight webcam and AnyView 13.3-inch widescreen display come as standard, with SuperDrive, RAM between 512MB and 2GB, and hard-drives between 60GB and 160GB are options, with prices starting at $2,199.
Axiotron and OWC have teamed up to produce a tablet that uses Mac OS X. The "ModBook" will use technology from WACOM that allows you to take advantage of the Inkwell technology inside of Mac OS X. No pictures of it have been released as of yet.
GPS will also be included, with the SiRFstar 3 chipset. This thing will cost a lot of money! Mac tablets have been created before by other companies, but cost a lot of money, and were only done on a custom basis. This is the first time that a tablet will be mass-produced that has OS X on it. It is going to be released at Macworld on the 9th, so stayed tuned, as we have live coerage as it unfolds!
Touchscreen MacBook conversions aren't new, and in fact if you've got the money then we'll be the first to say that the Axiotron ModBook is a great off-the-shelf OS X tablet. If, though, you don't have the money and you want the accuracy of a Wacom active digitizer, you might have to replicate Wei's iTab project: merging a Wacom Intuos tablet with a first-gen 1.83GHz MacBook.
With all the Apple rumors over the past week or so, Brenda and I were discussing whether we'd rather see a grown-up iPod Touch-style UMPC from the company, or a full-sized MacBook Tablet. As a Tablet PC user in the past, I'm a sucker for the full-sized option running OS X; Brenda is more keen on something super-portable that will kick Microsoft's UMPC format into the dust. In the end, we decided to argue it out online and give SlashGear readers the chance to throw in their opinions too; we're calling it "He Said, She Said" and you can read our thoughts (and leave your own) after the cut.
Here we go with another week in review. Monday IDC released their data on the number of CPUs shipped for Q3 2009. The number of CPUS shipped grew 23% for the quarter compared to the previous year. ZiiLABS unveiled its new ZMS-08 Blu-ray quality media processor this week. The processor promises to be full 1080p HD video support and more for portable devices like tablets.