Click to viewThanks for everyone who entered our Apple Tablet "Contest," showing us just how good some of you are at Photoshop and/or taking Apple's existing designs and improving on it. We wouldn't be surprised if one of these actually turned out quite close to what Apple's picturing for their own machines. The big winner is Logan Lape, who brings us his "MacBook touch" in a way that illustrates its portability and usability (keyboard in Garageband! eBook Reader!). Congrats Logan. Hit the jump to see the 20 other notable entries.
I believe these concepts all fall short of something Apple would ultimately do.
1) Apple sees the Mac as the hub and anything else as an accompaniment device that hooks back to your Mac. I do not think Apple would see a tablet differently. In fact, I think they would see a tablet exactly that way.
2) Apple's drive to create new devices comes with more patience than most companies will hope to ever have. Until they get it pretty much right, it won't be released. The Garageband multi-touch application in the winning entry is the only thing I see in these that speaks to me of "Apple" which, I am sure, is why it was chosen.
3) These entries reek of failure in the market. Some are too big (as biased as I am, I think I would allow for a breadth of different sizes here). Others seem unwieldy in how they interpret how the interface would ultimately be seen (menus are too small to be "touched" effectively).
4) I cannot personally see any of these being made to reality. Perhaps with a bit more time these designers could have found proper inspiration to hear Apple's heartbeat in items being peripheral to the computer as opposed to actually being a computer.
All this being said, I personally would love an Apple tablet. Something offering enough capability, a bright LED back-lit display perhaps around 2.5x the size of the iPhone with decent enough battery life, enough RAM to suffice most daily activities (I see 1-2GB) and dedicated storage enough to handle media files, document storage, and a copy of my standard home folder (see 80-120GB) but solid-state.
@nutbastard: I completely agree with you here. I don't think Apple will make all too many more portable devices (note: I did not say laptop devices) without the use of multi-touch. This is another industry changes that's going to apply to so many areas I can't even enumerate them here.