Uh-oh. It’s starting to look like Samsung and all those other UMPC manufacturers are going to have a new enemy in the fight for consumers’ wallets. Apple wasn’t just working on the iPhone and iPod Touch when it created multi-touch technology.
“Well-respected” sources have revealed to AppleInsider that Apple has been working on a UMPC/PDA-like device, but the company had to pull members off that project in order to meet the release date for the iPhone.
The device will run a mobile-version of Mac OSX and is described as an ultra-thin “slate”, similar to the iPhone but about 1.5 times the size. The screen will most likely feature a 720×480 resolution, and the device will deploy new functionality, such as drag-and-drop and copy-and-paste.
Although AppleInsider describes the device as a PDA, to this writer, it seems that is much too large for an Apple PDA, especially when you consider the fact that PDA functionality is already possible on the Touch, and the Touch would have served many users as a PDA had Apple not crippled its software. If Apple were to release a PDA, which users would carry everywhere, Apple wouldn’t need to make it any bigger than the iPod Touch.
The device should be released sometime in 2008, and some believe Steve Jobs will most likely mention the product in January at Macworld.