OS X-Based Tablet Next on Apple's Agenda?

Lora Bentley

Buzz from the rumor mill says Apple is building on the OS X operating system used in the iPhone and the iPod Touch to create a minitablet computer -- a reincarnation of its Newton PDA.


News.com blogger Tom Krazit says if the rumors are true, the "slate" like device is most likely Apple's version of the mobile Internet device, or MID. He cites AppleInsider, which projects the device's "inaugural appearance" will be at Macworld in January.


He agrees that the combination of OS X and multitouch is a unique approach, and that the expected wide screen would certainly leave room for "interesting applications," as well as a "landscape view" option.


However, Krazit also notes:

Momentum is building around mobile devices designed for everyday folks, but I'd still be surprised if Apple were to launch its third multitouch device in 12 months sometime next year. Is there enough interest in handheld Apple gadgets right now to justify the iPhone, the iPod Touch and Newton 2.0?
Time will tell.

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