Company converts Macbooks into tablets, sells them as "Modbooks"

By Rick · 20 replies
Jun 29, 2012
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  1. Mac OS X on a tablet. Sound interesting? Los Angeles-based startup Modbook Inc. hopes you'll think so. The company intends to release its own tablet running Mac OS X, but there's one detail which makes these tablets especially fascinating: the……

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  2. Panda218

    Panda218 TS Evangelist Posts: 465   +217

    The ipad should have been running OSX to begin with. I don't understand why everyone is head over heals for them when it's such a limit system. I mean it's basically a blown up iphone and nothing else, but that is just my opinion...
  3. You're not the only one panda.
  4. Good idea ,Keeps it legal..The price is going to be pretty high since catering to professionals.Plus being a Apple product to start with.. Has good specs though.
  5. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 856   +121

    Watch Apple sue claiming one simply does not "buy" a Macbook Pro, you license it. According to the iTunes EULA you can keep it until the Human Cent'iPad comes out.

    But seriously, there are some laws surfacing that you can't resell technology because of the patents.
  6. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 856   +121

    I don't think OSX can run on ARM. I fear Windows RT is going to be similarly limited as iOS.
  7. Panda218

    Panda218 TS Evangelist Posts: 465   +217

    yeah I hear ya there, but we wont know until we can play with one. If the ARM model has a fully function file explorer it has already blown away the ipad in my book. I think most people will want to shell out the xtra money for the intel based chip anyhow.
  8. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,046   +681

    So Samsung copies the iPhone design and gets sued up the ying yang, yet these guys can manufacture a modified Macbook tablet?


  9. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 4,572   +65

    At the very least, Apple is getting paid every time these guys buy a Macbook to convert. It doesn't actually seem like such a bad deal for Apple.

    As much as Apple likes control though (e.g. jailbreaking an iPhone), I would find it very difficult to believe Apple doesn't have a round table of lawyers mulling this one over, however.
  10. scorpian007

    scorpian007 TS Enthusiast Posts: 52   +18

    It will be far superior to iOS, even the RT version will be a full blown computer. Only limitation will be it can't run legacy apps.
  11. Rippleman

    Rippleman TS Evangelist Posts: 818   +371

    What more do you want the iPad to do that it can't do now?
  12. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 856   +121

    Power-user applications. AppStore apps are pretty weak and generally aren't productive for any work.

    It'd be nice to have mainstream driver support as well. And an emulator for x86 compatibility. A file manager and customizations not currently allowed. You can't even set your default browser. Maybe these "apps" will become as powerful as their ancestors, but not even close at this time.

    The AppStore is both the greatest asset and the greatest handicap to iOS. Windows RT sounds hopefully will allow non-microsoft approved WinRT software, at least.
  13. sounds the death of iPad for me :D
  14. Cars are covered by all kinds of patents also, yet anybody can buy a Corvette and modify the living daylights out of it (and many do) and GM does not sue them.
    And I surely would like to see a lawyer standing up in front of a judge and state that "you buy the license to a Macbook, not the actual hardware".
  15. Of course not. Bigger, heavier and more expensive.
  16. captainawesome

    captainawesome TS Guru Posts: 428   +44

    Hmmm aimed at professionals and designers but limited it intel graphics. Not so awesome
  17. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Evangelist Posts: 925   +284

    Not exactly the same unless you modified the Corvette then started selling those modded Vettes. GM would go after you then since any problems (or deaths) that happen in your modded car would reflect on them. Buying an item and modding it for you own use is fine, they can void your warranty but they can't stop you but modifying them and reselling them to the public is def something you can get sued for.
  18. Callaway Corvette
  19. People mod and resell all kinds of cars. There are companies that exist solely to do this exact thing. The reason it is not illegal is that you purchased the original product to begin with. This is why Ford and GM have in house Mod shops to try and sell the same things and can usually compete for much less money. So, if Apple was smart, they would just offer this product themselves and put the company out of business before it gets started.
  20. h4expo

    h4expo TS Enthusiast Posts: 46   +7

    Camikazi: Where are you getting your information?

    That is only if that company falsely advertised as an OEM company. Car companies cant sue people for getting into wrecks just because they were driving their stuff. Nor does one commonly think that a bad driver means a bad car company. The only lawsuit possible would be civil, between the "Mod-Vett" company, and a potential client.

    Never-the-less I don't put it past apple to "invent" new stipulations for this sort of thing.
  21. H4expo:- Of course car companies can "sue people for getting into wrecks" etc. it's a perfectly valid point!

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