Apple stunned the computing world today by introducing the all new MacBook Wheel—the notebook without a keyboard.
ONN is reporting that Macworld 2009, Apple’s last Macworld ever, is abuzz over the introduction of MacBook Wheel—a diminutive notebook which looks like a MacBook but comes without a keyboard.
The large circular track pad is a wheel similar to the click wheel on the iPod. The Mac has no keyboard. All entry is handled by scrolling the wheel.
Jeff Tate of Tech Trends says, “Say goodbye to the keyboard and hello to the future of laptop computing.” The touch sensitive click wheel replaces the keyboard, which is approximately 100 years old.
Typing will be a thing of the past, according to Brian Gillman, Apple’s senior product innovator. The MacBook Wheel uses new technology called the IntuiType Menu which lets users scroll to the letter they need.
Clicking the center of the Wheel allows for additional options such as capitalization and other characters. Predictive Sentence Technology, under patent by Apple, lets MacBook Wheel users type even faster.
The MacBook Wheel also comes with new software technology which alphabetizes all files on the new Mac, making them easier and faster to find and open. Simply scroll through a single list of files, all arranged alphabetically, to find the file you need.
Apple calls the MacBook Wheel the most intuitive product ever designed.
Sorry, I just couldn’t help myself. Every Macworld keynote presentation brings a surprise or two, but a bag of disappointments, as well. What the MacBook Wheel provides is a daily dose of long overdue Apple inspired humor.