There are plenty of rumours circulating around the Internet on how Apple is getting ready to launch a new product – a tablet PC. There are plenty of other companies that have tried and failed to push other tablet products over the years. However, I have this strange feeling that Apple will succeed where others have failed for one simple reason – the user interface. You see, the trouble with tablets in the past have always been its user interface, or rather the lack thereof.
If one has used a tablet in the past, one would be familiar with the difficulty in using it. most computers are designed to be used with a combination of keyboard and mouse. Hence, trying to translate the interface over to a device with neither a keyboard nor mouse was rather difficult. Some tablets made do with a virtual keyboard on screen, with the finger taps approximating mouse clicks. However, this was still deficient. Some tablets made do with some form of hand-writing recognition but this was always slow and regularly inaccurate.
Apple has always been at the fore-front of user interfaces. I have always had a soft-spot for the Apple UI (though there are many peopel who actually hate it). If you have used an iPhone or an iPod Touch, you will know what I mean about slick and smooth touch interfaces. It is for this reason that I think, an Apple tablet makes sense. An Apple tablet with a slick touch interface would be able to do wonders. Think of it as being an iPhone with a larger screen real-estate.
The only issue may be with typing text but I am sure that Apple would be able to figure that one out, given time.