Saturday, February 21, 2009

Open letter to Apple

Dear Apple
Wouldn't it be wonderful if all the flash memory you have ordered from Samsung (is it really their total production until the end of April?) was going to be used for a new product to be announced at the June Conference? Well, it probably is, but wouldn't it be fantastic if that product was the new NetTouch: a cross between an iPod Touch and a netbook (apologies to Psion if they have finally managed to successfully trademark/protect the term "netbook"). My vision of it: it has an environmentally friendly clam shell which folds completely to the back of the machine - or, more likely, an optional leather case which the NetTouch slips into for protection. There is a 10" touch screen and the same great features as the iPod Touch except that there's also copy and paste functionality. It has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 2 or 3 USB hubs, built-in mic and speaker, and a built in stand so you can sit and watch iTunes content or do VOIP calls without having to hold the NetTouch. Now this may seem a bit far-fetched, but I've seen the (now discredited) rumours of the MiniMac doing the rounds and know that it's time for a "new" product - and you could really do so much better than another iteration of the iPhone. And we don't need a small device with a keyboard. What's the use of learning to type if you can only peck at tiny tiny little keys; oh wait, there's an idea - what about some interconnectivity with wireless keyboards? And the ability to use your existing phone as a modem?
I know that all of this would need to be well in hand for a June launch - and, given that, I'd also like to say that I'd be happy to test-drive the NetTouch for you - and I'd do a better job of holding on to it than Telstra senior management did of holding on to the dog-food/Windows Mobile 6.5-loaded phone at WMC earlier this week.
I look forward to hearing from you.

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