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ModBook tablet Mac suffers another delay

ModBook tablet Mac suffers another delay

Oh dear.  Looks like the already-delayed ModBook - a conversion of an Apple MacBook into a pen-controlled slate tablet - is sliding further back through the year.  OWC/Axiotron, the people behind it, had originally expected to get the device onto the market by May, but that was pushed back to the end of June after they decided to upgrade the pressure-sensitivity of the screen (and freshen up the innards, too).  Now unknown issues mean it's delayed until fourth-quarter 2007.

 

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SlashGear ModBook OS X Tablet Video – ink drawing

SlashGear ModBook OS X Tablet Video – ink drawing

If you've been curious about just how well the ModBook handles pen-input - and whether it's truly a great drawing tool or simply a stop-gap before Apple bring a tablet out of their own - then you'll be wanting to check out SlashGear's exclusive MacWorld video of some impromptu artwork being created.

As a Windows Tablet PC user, I'm quite impressed.  Ink seems to flow relatively nicely and is pretty smooth, and while there's some parallax from the viewpoint of the camera I'm sure that's reduced if you're using the ModBook head-on.  Still, not quite as slick as, say, a Microsoft tablet using the marvellous ArtRage, though.

Will people buy it?  Oh yes, I'm sure they will - and I bet the company is already planning models with smaller screens for extra portability.  Hopefully this will be the kick in the ass Apple needs to roll out a tablet of their own.

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ModBook OS X Tablet video

ModBook OS X Tablet video

The ModBook tablet running OS X on Apple hardware caught the imagination of quite a few people, who obviously thought they may as well have a stop-gap until Apple themselves decide to pull their finger out and release an official one, and now we have a video courtesy of Macworld's Jonathan Seff to further tease us.

Taking us on a tour of the ports, slots and nooks of the machine, Jonathan then goes on to show how the ModBook handles pen-input via Apple's InkWell.  Considering this has all been done without the might of the Apple development team, I'm all the more eager to see just what an official Mac-tablet could be capable of.

YouTube [via GottaBeMobile]

ModBook OS X Tablet unboxing gallery

ModBook OS X Tablet unboxing gallery

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.

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Product page [Axiotron ModBook]

iTab DIY active-digitizer MacBook project

iTab DIY active-digitizer MacBook project

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.

Video demo after the cut

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He Said, She Said: Is an Apple UMPC more likely than a MacBook Touch?

He Said, She Said: Is an Apple UMPC more likely than a MacBook Touch?

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.

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Mac Tablet announced — by Axiotron and OWC

Mac Tablet announced — by Axiotron and OWC

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!

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