That little slip pretty much dashed any hopes that the Apple Tablet will usher in an advanced generation of mobile computing.
|People queue up for Apple outside the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.|
With months of anticipatory imagination in place, it may be hard for the Tablet to live up to expectations. With the Tablet running on the iPhone platform instead of a computer OS -- and knowing the limits of a smartphone platform -- the bar already seems to be lowered a bit.You can't have it all, says Northeast Securities analyst Ashok Kumar. With a large, brilliant-color touchscreen and at least one -- and probably two -- wireless systems running, the Tablet will suck a lot of electricity. "There's always a big tradeoff between processing power and battery life. And I think it will be a compromise on both fronts," says Kumar, referring to Apple's decision to use the more power-efficient iPhone OS. So while pretty, the Tablet will fall somewhere between an overpriced PDA and a woefully underpowered notebook. This glorified e-reader, however, opens a new chapter in Apple's grand plan to be a modern media hub.
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