image Oh, those fun rumors. Supposedly a tablet called Newton 2.0 MacBook Touch will be able to run App Store programs, including, presumably, eReader and the forthcoming Mobipocket for the iPhone. Not to mention such promising newcomers such as Stanza and BookShelf? Yep, that’s the original Newton of yore. Wouldn’t it be great if an e-book-friendly update materialized after all these years?

BoingBoing Gadgets, however, depicts the MacDaily News item as most likely balderdash, and I myself am skeptical, but for what it’s worth, here’s the supposed lowdown:

"Think MacBook screen, possibly a bit smaller, in glass with iPhone-like, but fuller-featured Multi-Touch. Gesture library. Full Mac OS X. This is why they bought P.A. Semi. Possibly with Immersion’s haptic tech. Slot-loading SuperDrive. Accelerometer. GPS. Pretty expensive to produce initially, but sold at ‘low’ price that will reduce margins. Apple wants to move these babies. And move they will. This is some sick shit. App Store-compatible, able to run Mac apps, too. By October at the latest."

Related: Mike Cane’s arguments for Apple doing e-books.


  1. Watch away, Mike. 😉 May the sights be scenic! Half our traffic is probably from repeat visitors/editors; and I like that. I learn a lot from ’em. To be specific, have appreciated your iPhone pointers and related jogs. Let’s see what the cost of the Air is.


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