Rumors are a-swirl about Apple’s new tablet, which may or may not slip into our anxious little hands around September. But what will it look like? What will it do? What will it be named? And why will we want it? Speculation abounds, but we wanted an expert opinion. So we tapped four of our expert design bloggers to tell us exactly what they thought we should be expecting from Apple’s newest game-changer.
Tom Dair, Smart Design: Yes, I think it’s definitely coming. Maybe all the reasons why aren’t totally worked out yet, but it seems like the next logical step utilizing touch screen technology and with the success of Kindle, Apple needs to get in the game. My guess is that it will look like a substantially larger iPhone–you know, basically a fairly thin, rectangular screen front with rounded corners. Duh…who woulda thought? Forget about productivity, without a real keyboard an Apple Tablet will be primarily a media consumption device…movies, photos, books, other? Could be more useful if I could hook it up to a large HDTV. Personally I find trying to watch a movie on an iPod a pain in the neck, literally. Outstanding issues, in addition to a laptop and a mobile phone: Will enough people really want to carry around a third device and, how much will I have to shell out to get one?
Brett Lovelady, ASTRO Studios: The Apple Tablet, aka…iPad, iTab, iYiYi? I think the Apple iTab will be the closet thing to a personal “magic mirror” we’ve ever seen. Something Applites narcissistically stare deeply into daily, refining every detail to reflect who we are to ourselves, sharing with others the nipped-&-tucked digital personalities we’ve crafted. And did I mention I can’t wait to get one?