Apple has sent out press invites to some high profile sites for their new "Back to the Mac" event to be held on October 20, 2010.
The invite has a Lion around the Apple logo and would discuss the upcoming Mac OS X 10.7. It is not known yet what the OS might be called, but from the looks of it, it would be named as Mac OS X Lion.
Previous Mac versions have been called Snow Leopard, Leopard, Tiger, Panther, Jaguar, Puma, Cheetah and Kodiak. So will Apple be unleashing the Lion out of the bag on the coming Wednesday? Only time will tell. Keep tuned in for regular updates from us.
There have been many rumors of a touch enabled Mac in the past, but this time around, details of the iMac Touch have been revealed in a patent discovered by Patently Apple.
According the details in the patent, we can soon expect an iMac Touch and a Macbook Tablet soon. The iMac Touch can be operated with a mouse and a keyboard like a normal Mac, but it can also switch to a touchscreen interface. It can run both Mac OS X and iOS, switching between the two depending on the orientation of the iMac Touch. The built in accelerometer or a rotation sensor will help transition between the two OSes. The patent describes the UI transitions between Mac OS X and iOS in detail.
It also describes a Macbook Tablet which can be used in the same way; it will run Mac OS X or iOS depending on the orientation of the tablet. This is a brilliant idea – the ultimate union of the computer and the tablet. If anyone can do it right, it’s Apple.
Head over to Patently Apple to check out the full patent.
Axon Logic has unveiled the new Haptic, a 10.1 inch tablet which can run any Darwin based OS — which includes the Mac OS X and some open source OSes like OpenDarwin and PureDarwin. It can also run Windows and Linux and has some decent hardware specs.
Axon Logic Haptic Specifications
1.6 GHz Atom N270
10.1 inch LED backlit LCD display, 1024 x 600 pixels
Resistive touchscreen with stylus
2 GB RAM
320 GB HDD
1.3 MP webcam
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
3G CDMA SIM slot
Built in Speakers
3 USB slots, Mic, Ethernet, VGA ports, Card reader
3000 mAh removable battery
The specifications are very similar to the current breed of netbooks; except that the Haptic has a touchscreen display and no keyboard.
Also, the Axon Haptic is priced quite high, at about $800 which makes me doubt whether it will find many takers. I, myself, would rather buy the iPad, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab or the Notion Ink Adam, all of which are priced much lower.
Head over to the official webpage of Axon Logic for more details. Also check out Crunchgear’s post for more details.