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Devs urged to use variables for screen size

The rumors of the Apple tablet just won't die. Each time an event is close or someone hints at a new product from Apple, speculation and rumors start anew. An analyst this week released a new research note that claims the Apple table its only months away.

The analyst was Yair Reiner from Oppenheimer. Reiner wrote in a research note that information gleaned for the Apple supple chain indicated that manufacturing partners are ramping up for the Apple tablet. The scuttlebutt is that the tablet could hit in March or April.

Other analysts say that they believe Apple is working on a tablet, but when it will be released is anyone's guess. Steve Jobs is known to be a perfectionist and demanding of his team. Walter Luh from Ansca Mobile said, "Until the project sees the light of day, it's never a foregone conclusion. Steve Jobs demands perfection and if he's not happy with it, it's not going to ship."

Luh goes on to say that with the tablet predicted to be coming that developers need to be looking at writing their apps with an eye towards larger screens. Luh told InformationWeek, "How I expect it to work is that as a developer we'll get the option to either keep our iPhone-sized window or to dynamically scale to take up the extra room. Some apps, such as a news reader or a Web browser, will probably be able to scale easily, while other apps, notably like ours that make very careful artwork and UI decisions based on the exact dimensions of the iPhone screen, cannot simply stretch to fit."

Some app developers believe that the guidance from Apple at the Dev convention to represent screen dimensions as variables rather than specific numbers is an indication of things to come. Apple will want games and other apps to take full advantage of any larger screen device.



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RE: Hmmm...
By Solandri on 12/11/2009 7:19:23 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not a fan of Apple, but am a fan of their UI. Apple does a pretty good job of making their UI clean and simple, and usable with just a mouse and one button. In Windows, you typically have a lot of two-button and keyboard operations mixed in, which is clumsy on a tablet.

Also, some of the hallmarks of the early Macbooks were thinness, light weight, and a good screen. Apple seems to care more about those things than most PC manufacturers (these features only really started showing up in PC notebooks after Macbook sales took off). Those are also qualities which would make for a killer tablet.

If they can make it thin, light, with a good screen, good battery life, and easy usability at a low price (sub-$500), I can see it taking off. Based on the different businesses I've visited while computer consulting, there were a lot of businesses which could use a computerized clipboard. But I'm doubtful they'll pull it off. Their greed won't allow them to hit the required price point while also hitting the other specs.


RE: Hmmm...
By Alexstarfire on 12/12/2009 2:56:29 AM , Rating: 3
You basically want your cake and to eat it too, which won't happen. All the things you are looking for are completely out of reach when put together.


RE: Hmmm...
By retrospooty on 12/12/2009 4:40:03 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly... No-one could do all that and have it be sub-$500. the thought that Apple (known for a LITTLE bit overpriced products) can do it is laughable. They can put all those features together, sure - if they do it will be $1000


RE: Hmmm...
By Solandri on 12/13/2009 4:20:57 AM , Rating: 2
The question was why tablets have failed in the market. Not whether Apple could make one for less than $500.


RE: Hmmm...
By lco45 on 12/13/2009 6:06:11 PM , Rating: 2
And the answer is that tablets haven't succeeded because they are $1000.
Tablets just aren't that much more useful that a $400 netbook, so unless the price is similar most people will just go with a netbook.

Luke


RE: Hmmm...
By Solandri on 12/13/2009 4:19:53 AM , Rating: 3
Nonsense. Netbook tablets hit all those specifications (including price) except thinness because they're designed as laptops first, tablets second. If someone were to design a tablet-only system with a decent UI (Windows tends to be rather bloated for the CPU of these units), it would hit all the specs I outlined.


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