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Ok they are not claiming an exclusive ..and advise that details may not be accurate etc etc ..
The machine is said to be a "fusion" between the iphone touch and the macbook and for now appears to have a multi touch tactile 9 and three quarter inch screen ..in black glossy ..the back of the machine is in white glossy plastic ..
It incorporates an iphone emulator ( as a widget ) using the same resolution as the iphone .
However this widget will not allow you to phone nor send SMS ( text messages ) nor take photos or vidoes as there is no on board webcam ..
But..it will let you download apps from the appstore and load them onto an iphone 3gs ( and only onto an iphone 3gs ) ..
But ..BIG but
Only one iphone 3gs will be authorised per macbook touch ( and the downloaded apps cannot be copied to another macbook touch ) ..( preventing pirating ..a la apple ) and the authorised iphone touch will not be able to copy the apps to other macbook touches ..
** challenge to reverse engineers everywhere **
It will run snow leopard 10.6 ( with extras ..enabling it to run ..for example on screen touch keyboard etc ) "Apple" perepheriques ( sorry I forgot how we say that in english :(..peripherals ? ..help ..lived here for so long I start to forget my English :)) ..specially late at night ..:) ..keyboards , mice etc ..will be backwards compatible via usb.
It will have no optical drive ..but the superdrive from the "air" will work with it ..
It will have 2 usb slots ..1 SD reader ( ** why SD and which one SD, XD what ? **) audio input and output ( the article doesnt say what sort ) ..plus magsafe power input and anti theft "kensington" ..
Two versions available ..
80 gigs €849.oo ( about $1200.oo )
120 gigs €999.oo ( about $1425.oo )
Apple claim battery life of 4 hours ..the arcticle authors estimate nearer 3 hours
A "dock" enabling one to use it like a classic screen ( or addon screen ) will be available for €79.oo ( about $100.oo ) and the dock will allow connecting of an ipod or iphone ..
( right now back to eating my late dinner ..HTH helps those members who dont read french ..my translation is hasty as my dinner is going cold as I type :( ..off to the microwave for reheat :(..
original french article is here [journaldugeek.com]..with more links ( in french ) for those who can read it
Oh ..and they say right at the end ( this isnt official ..take it with tweezers / "a pinch of salt" is the closest idiomatic english expression ) ..and that the pics may not be 100 % accurate ..as they are not "official" either ..
( I havent yet read the comments on the page ..so dont know if it has been verified since they posted the page ..nor debuked ..and anyway ..you can translate the comments yourselves :)..I'm now hungry ..
speeling uncorrected ..due to "j'ai faim moi"
and the comments at #66 and #78 ( hilarious )near cost me a keyboard cleaning in the morning ..( must remember to connect the flexible keyboard I bought ( blue elastomere ) recommended by sysygy ..when reading and eating/drinking ..
What is interesting to me is how clear the concept is expressed in what is offered here. What Amazon and Sony have brought forward looks useful, but is not exciting. This is "just enough" to make me change how I how approach the news and entertainment. And, that is major. I'm old and very tied to how things are.