This piece of news is just too exciting to post in my Asides column.
Rumour is that Apple is going to commemorate its 20th anniversary (since it launched its first Mac) with a mind-blowing new product.
That product, says the Register, may very well be a Tablet Mac, because Apple has just filed a patent for a design that looks like a flat iPod or an iBook without the keyboard half.
That would be very interesting, seeing how Steve Jobs once pooh-poohed the idea of tablets, and discontinued the Newton in 1998 despite it having superior handwriting recognition capabilities. To be precise, he said:
There are no plans to make a tablet. It turns out people want keyboards. When Apple first started out, “People couldn’t type. We realized: Death would eventually take care of this… [Ha ha ha. Laughter, entirely my own. – vantan] We look at the tablet and we think it’s going to fail.”
“What would Steve Jobs do?” people wonder. Or more exactly, what would we do without Steve Jobs?