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An iPad with keyboard dock might be coming to blur the tablet boundaries, says analyst

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An iPad with keyboard dock might be coming to blur the tablet boundaries, says analyst
After meeting with Apple's CEO Tim Cook, a Citigroup analyst came away with a few gem comments under his belt. Richard Gardner sat down at the end of last week to talk shop for his institutional clients, and one of his readings on Tim Cook's comments is pretty significant.

He asked whether Apple intends to lose the Intel silicon and Mac OS X in the MacBook Air line, and replace them with ARM-based processor and iOS. Apple's main man apparently answered in such a way that Mr Gardner "walked away from this meeting with the impression that Apple feels iPad satisfies - or will soon satisfy - the needs of those who might have been interested in such a product".

Well, if Apple is planning a physical keyboard dock as an indispensable accessory to the next iPad, which will attach easily to the tablet and serve several functions, like what we had with the Smart Covers for the iPad 2, or what we have with the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, then Tim Cook's "will soon satisfy" comment makes a lot of sense. At this point, though, this is only the fruit of an analyst's imagination

The iPad 3 unveiling is not that far away, and we should know more then. Not that we don't have an abundance of iPad keyboard accessories in every shape and form imaginable, but an officially-endorsed by Apple attachment dock is surely to send some ripples throughout the OEM world.

via Reghardware

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posted on 06 Feb 2012, 09:01 9

1. Fallout09 (Posts: 421; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Remember Apple INOVATES and never copies.

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 14:53 2

6. greenrolaids (Posts: 56; Member since: 04 Feb 2012)

lol i cant tell if your being sarcastic or not.

If your not then you are an apple sheep.. go away baaa baaaa baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 09:04 9

2. superguy (Posts: 309; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)

An iPad Transformer. Wow ... an Apple doesn't steal ideas? Watch, they'll probably claim they were working on it all along and Asus stole it from them. :D

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 09:33 6

3. 14545 (Posts: 1676; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

Nope, they'll do one better and try to patent it. Then sue ASUS for use of their technology.

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 10:04 7

4. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

Hmmm if the picture is correct then apple is again copying an existing android creation here.They will claim it as a worlds first and will be full of the 'this is incredible' speeches again at the unveiling. Brilliant innovation again here from apple,this changes everything again

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 10:51 3

5. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)

Apple invented tablets with keyboard docks!!!

At lest, they will tell so. And people will believe.

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 15:02

7. Stuntman (Posts: 839; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

When shopping for a tablet last year, I decided to get the Asus Eee Pad Transformer instead of the iPad 2 because the Eee Pad had a really good keyboard dock. There wasn't anything for the iPad at the time that was comparable to the Eee Pad Transformers keyboard dock. If there were, I would have gotten the iPad instead.

For me, a tablet without a good text input device is an incomplete product. I generally do a lot of typing on my tablet and I do not like on-screen keyboards. If Apple is coming out with a keyboard dock, then that is a step in the right direction. Maybe they would come out with an iPhone with a keyboard as well for people like me.

posted on 06 Feb 2012, 15:58 1

8. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

"Will soon satisfy"
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posted on 06 Feb 2012, 19:43 2

9. droidguy2323 (Posts: 55; Member since: 23 Sep 2011)

I just want a quad core iPad with 8 mp camera with Osx lion and keyboard dock. Oops that's a high end $1400 MacBook air

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