So unless you've been away on vacation or living the luddite lifestyle, you're very well aware of the growing rumours about the possibility of an Apple tablet device coming down the pipeline this September, with hype percolating after reports about an analyst who has supposedly seen the device with his own eyes recently. As long time Apple user (or cult member, depending upon your perspective), we have to admit we've got more than a passing interest in the tablet concept from Cupertino...
But to be honest, we're not 100% sure we really need (and we use "need" in the sense used by tech device loving brethren) a device that serves the role of a device categorized inbetween our household's shared iPhone and the laptops we work upon. We wonder, is an Apple branded tablet a possible game changer or more of a niche device, and began debating the appeal of tablets for the average tech-minded reader.
There's no doubt an intelligently designed tablet could be integrated as the centerpiece of a digital hub setup. We've always imagined the Apple tablet bridging utility between the AppleTV, our laptops, and external storage devices throughout our home network, while also playing a role in home automation apps, expanded media remote control options, online access with portability for kitchen use (we're a laptop recipe household), and also an occasional travel device.
But is such a device enough of a necessity? As popular as netbooks are as a topic online, only a couple of friends use them, with the majority depending upon smart phones and laptops for everyday duty. We're beginning to suspect a tablet device will follow suit, with plenty of hype, but possibly another Kindle-type niche product with a moderate user base. Even a techophile such as ourselves wonder whether such a device will really add to our lives, or are we just getting caught up in the hype of adding another redundant tech tool into the household, Apple branded or not. We love our handy iPod Touch, and the idea of a 10" version with more powerful internals is still tempting enough for us to ponder setting aside some money come November when this reputed device is making way to Apple Stores. But then again, is this a case of simplifying or complicating life?