- something between the power/storage of the iPod touch and 13" MacBook Pro
- real, all-day battery life (real-world, not in Steve's absolute-zero fridge)
- decent pricing (between a top end iPod touch $400 and the low end MacBook, $1000) ... $699 and $849 (high end model?) ... $599 would be better
- no forced data contracts for 3G connectivity (if it has it at all?)
It would be incredibly stupid to *not* have power/storage between that of the iPod Touch and 13" Macbook Pro. There would be no point to Apple releasing something that was equivalent in power and storage to an iPod Touch...for far cheaper, they could just stretch the edges of an iPod Touch and call it a "tablet". That's what Ballmer did.
All-day battery life? LOL! Nothing has true all-day battery life right now. I don't expect Apple will improve upon that yet.
Pricing, though, most all analysts have been putting between $500 and $1000, so you will probably get your wish.
Considering that Apple is rumored to be booting AT&T out the door very soon, I highly doubt you'll be seeing any forced data contracts (as in, you must have a data contract with this particular telecom). But required to have a data contract? You can chat with the telecoms about that one.
- 10" diagonal screen (I, too, have a cardboard mockup of that size and that size is delicious)
- ability to run new versions of iLife/iWork '10
- light, sleek industrial design
- new UI thinking (get ride of desktop folders metaphor)
- ability to run current iPhone apps
- always on connectivity through multiple 3G cellular partners (see below)
- ability to run new apps that get recoded for device ... e.g., Coda, Acorn or Pixelmator, Sketchup, PopCap stuff etc
Some have quoted 7" for the screen, but I'm really thinking that that will be too small for what this device would need to do, so I think you'll get your wish there.
Considering that the device is supposed to be running on the iPhone OS, which is a mobile version of Mac OS anyway, I would be very surprised if you wouldn't be able to run iPhone apps. I would expect you would be able to run a trimmed down set of iLife/iWork software. Ditto on the 3G.
Light, sleek industrial design? Uh, this *is* Apple. They can't even send out boxes that don't look cool.
Up until a day or two ago, I wouldn't say you'd get the new UI concepts. Then I saw the rumor all over of Jobs' statement that this would be the most important thing that he had ever done. Considering that this would probably be an overstatement (c'mon, the Apple ][, the Mac, the iPhone, the iPod...*these* are revolutions!), even so he'd have to so something well beyond cool software and connecting various ways of thinking about hardware to make this "the most important thing". So, maybe you'll get this wish.
You're going to get new apps recoded for the device, but I doubt much in the way in recoding is needed...or at least, I would say no more than most ports from Mac to iPhone would need (for the backend). Course, I know a lot less about the coding side then I do other things, so feel free to tell me I'm talking out my ass here.
- new Sketch/paint app (or a version of something like Scribbles or ArtRage that can run on it)
- bundled MobileMe account
- data plans through multiple carriers cheap ... 10GB for $20/month, no three-year contracts required
- hell, why not, let's also toss in some form of cloud-based iTunes/apps thingy too
- no Flash
- and it needs to make bacon, too (not too crispy though), and give massages like Frigidman's iSexBot
The sketch/paint app would be awesome. In fact, I would be surprised if you didn't see something like that, as well as some kind of photoshopping tools available as well. This would be the perfect device to use for that kind of manipulation.
MobileMe account bundled: in your dreams.
The data plans through multiple carriers? Uh, maybe it's because I got in on the ground floor, but my carrior (the dreaded AT&T) gives me $20/month for *unlimited data* (well, now $30 since I have the 3GS). I'd really rather have that one, thanks.
The cloud-based stuff is the future, and I think that Apple really needs to take heed if they want to remain in the forefront. That said, Apple is not a company that does cloud-based technology. If you mean that it should place iTunes in the clouds...perhaps. I would have thought that was already the case, but maybe I'm wrong.
No Flash. Java. Definitely Java.
Regarding your last request: You can get your own bacon, thankyouverymuch. And the bed is over there. Lube in the top drawer. Enjoy.