I know I’m going to get in trouble for this but I can’t help myself. Through my work I’ve been testing Apple’s new tablet for a week or so now – i’s insanely great and I want everyone to know that mobile computing is about to make a huge leap – never mind the NDA.
It’s not smaller. Like the new iPhone it’s now wider – more than 11 inches across. The colour and resolution of the image is fantastic – which is great but that’s not the point. The resolution of the touch is hugely improved – Apple have licensed the technology in Wacom’s professional tablets to give you pressure sensitivity and per-pixel accuracy. No more painting with crayons – when using a pen this tablet records your brush strokes with complete fidelity – or just use your finger as before. I always hated the clumsy touch in the old iPad and it’s like having gloves removed from your fingers. You can finally really paint on this.
Good thing then that this tablet can run PhotoShop. No, not a cut down version – the real PhotoShop. In fact this new tablet runs the full operating system – that means real applications like Pro Tools, Live, Reason, the Adobe suite – even 3d tools like Maya – all with multitouch and complete portability. You can forget about using Garage Band and cut down crap – look at the photo. Of course that means you don’t have to translate between your desk tools and the tablet using iTunes anymore. Just link by WiFi and get busy.
Apple have realised that you need a real keyboard and a dock that holds the tablet so you can sometimes type notes and do your office stuff (yes, you can run Office). So they’ve included these in the price… no more hidden extras. And… amazingly… you can expand the memory with SIMs. It comes with 32Gb but I doubled that by plugging in a micro SIM – now there’s two volumes available on the system. Of course it works fine with Time Capsule and other external drives.
Only Apple could come up with something this powerful and innovative. They’ve begun a site where you can see more about the tablet – it’s supposed to go live at year’s end – but I’m going to make enemies and let you see it right now.