Hockenberry on Apple Netbook Rumors: How About "Front Row To Go"?

Twitterrific developer Craig Hockenberry has posted an interesting article about where he thinks Apple might be going with those 10" multi-touch panels they're rumored to have bought. Not wanting to cannibalize iPhone or MacBook sales, and wanting to experience yet another iPod Halo effect, he takes a look at the gaps he sees in the current product line up and comes up with "Front Row To Go":

Think of it as a second screen for the current hardware.

Who knows whether Apple will ultimately announce an iNetbook, iTablet, iPhone HD something like this, or something we haven't yet imagined. Still, Hockenberry's analysis itself is worth a read, as are his proposed uses.

Our editor-in-chief, Dieter Bohn, for one has been wanting something very much like this:

I wanted a capactive screen sitting to the right of my keyboard instead of a mouse. I could just slide my hand around in any shape that was comfortable and tap fingers, use it as a drawing pad, and then pick it up and go walking around with it to display stuff.

Who else would line up for one of these babies, if Apple pulled that particular trigger?

Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.