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There’s been a lot of talk about a possible Apple netbook, or touchscreen tablet, or something. Apple executives have repeatedly state that the iPhone is currently the company’s entry into the mobile, low cost space and that today’s netbooks are “junky.” But word on the street is that Apple has also placed orders for a large number of touch panels that could be used in some sort of mobile device that would be larger than an iPhone but smaller than a Macbook.

While there’s still no official word on any upcoming Apple tablet or netbook style devices, some designers with a little too much free time on their hands have put together some concept art showing what a Mac tablet could, or maybe even should look like.

If you believe that Mac is essentially working on a 10 inch version of the iPod touch, perhaps with support for a Bluetooth keyboard, maybe it would look something like this concept from MacFormat’s Adam Benton:

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The image at the top of this post is a bit more ambitious and shows a design from Tommaso Gecchelin at Yanko Design. It takes the idea that Apple could use flexible OLED displays and runs with it. For instance, what if you could actually fold a laptop as much as 270 degrees and use it as a tablet, clamshell computer, or even stand it up for use as a picture frame, or for a killer game of Battleship?

You can see a whole bunch of extra pictures of this concept at Yanko Design’s web site.

via SlashGear

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12 replies on “This isn’t the Apple tablet/netbook, but it sure is pretty”

  1. Typing on a display is really, really terrible. I had a FingerWorks TouchStream and after a day of working on it, my fingertips went numb for a couple of days. Strange as it may sound, but those few millimeters of sprung braking action on regular keys really make a difference.

  2. The tablet picture is my idea EXACTLY! I call shenanigans!

    I’ll still buy one, though. [=^D

  3. I don’t believe the statement that Apple has ordered a large production of 10″ screens is fiction. The question is what are they going to do with them. This is just one person’s idea. No harm, no foul.

  4. Again dude…you have to put up there in the title that this is a mock-up an ‘imagining’ if you will. This isn’t news, it is speculation and it is rather far fetched speculation at that.

    You really do have to keep these joke stories off the front page.

    1. I don’t know, I thought it was pretty clear that this isn’t real. But I do
      think it’s interesting to see what some folks are looking for/would like to
      see.

      I’m much more cautious about articles where people claim to have “leaked”
      images of upcoming products. I find it refreshing when someone creates a
      mockup and clearly labels it as fiction.

  5. An OLED display would push it towards the realm of unaffordability as a netbook. We shouldn’t even expect to see affordable OLED displays in notebooks for the next few years.

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