Apple seems more intent to manufacture hit products instead. Mac, iPhone, iPad, Watch, AirPods. The latest of Apple’s unseen product updates is the new line of iPads. Guess what? They look like the ancient HP TouchPad from yesteryear. How so?
Past Is Prologue
The Apple rumor mill works on overtime 24/7 and 365. Never is there a shortage about what Apple is about to introduce. When the new iPhones launched there was instant speculation about what next year’s iPhones will look like.
Let me take a guess. Flat slabs of glass and steel with rounded corners. Doesn’t that rather describe every iPhone since 2007? And most smartphones? Well, it’s silly season again, and the rumor mills are cranked up and churning out the latest drivel. iPad Pro will get a major revamp and it’s going to look like this:
Other than this particular rendition of an as yet unannounced new iPad is ugly as hell, what do you see inside that tortured case and silly-assed keyboard?
Rounded corners, right? Flat slab of glass. What does it look like? An original iPad, circa 2010, and you would be hard pressed to determine much difference between the render and any iPad. Ever.
iPad Pro 2018 (or 2019) leak looks like HP TouchPad
No it doesn’t. It’s the other way around. The HP TouchPad looked exactly like an original iPad from back in the day. Behold.
Damn. Look at that. Flat slab of glass with rounded corners.
Remember that time when HP sold Palm and had a fire sale on a very rounded-corner tablet by the name of TouchPad? It’s almost as if the designers of this rumored iPad Pro 2018 saw the outside edge of that old tablet and decided it’d be good for the inside of their newest slate.
No it doesn’t. That’s just rubbish. Tablets are tablets. Flat slab of glass with rounded corners. The iPad’s form factor circa 2010 remains the standard design, ugly-assed case, keyboard, and Pencil holder notwithstanding.
Where do you think HP came up with the TouchPad design?
Assume that Apple has plans to launch an updated iPad Pro line before the end of 2018. What will it look like? An iPad. Flat slab of glass with rounded corners. And it will not look like that ugly-assed render above with the gawd awful case and keyboard.
Apple does what HP failed to do with the TouchPad. Refine. The next iPad line will be smaller and lighter, with trimmed bezels, but with the same sized display. It will feature Face ID, possibly USB-C, 4K video capability, and a few other gee whiz items Apple manages to update with new models.
In the end an iPad is an iPad. A flat slab of glass with rounded corners. Nobody at Apple copied anything from HP.