The Modbook Pro Is The Apple Tablet You Never Knew You Wanted

I know what you're thinking. You're thinking that Apple only made one tablet. And you're right, it does. But this is the Apple-powered tablet I want: the ModBook Pro.

The ModBook Pro sees its creator, ModBook Inc, hack up a 13-inch MacBook Pro to support an integrated touchscreen and Wacom digitiser pen for all you creative types wanting power on the go.

It supports a native 1200x800 resolution and runs, from the looks of things, Mac OS X Lion with future support for Mountain Lion and Windows 8 dual-booting.

Here's the specification from Modbook Inc:

The Modbook Pro’s configurable base system includes a 2.5GHz dual core Intel Core i5 processor or 2.9GHz dual core Intel Core i7 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, a 2.5–inch SATA drive (up to 1TB HDD or up to 960GB SSD), an 8X SuperDrive DVD burner, an Intel HD Graphics 4000 chipset, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless connectivity capability, a built-in 63.5-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery and a 60W MagSafe power adapter.1

Alongside the MagSafe power port, the Modbook Pro’s base system has one Gigabit Ethernet port, one FireWire 800 port, one USB 3.0 port, one Thunderbolt port, one SDXC card slot and one audio line in/out.

Pricing and availability aren't out yet, but if it's priced around the same as the 13-inch MacBook Pro at $1349 it'll be a steal for graphic designers and sketch enthusiasts.

Add this to the "do want" pile. [Modbook Inc via The Awesomer]

Image: Modbook Inc



    Uhm, I don't think that it will be around the same as the standard MacBook Pro for obvious reasons.
    Can you guess what they are?

      Yeah, the idea makes me laugh. Why on earth would something so massively upgraded and improved be the same cost as the mundane original? Just the work involved, let alone all the parts would justify quite a price increase- an increase a designer would be happy to pay, my guess would be an extra $1000 on top of the original price.

    Come on.. how soon before Apple decide to sue Modbook?

      Well they did the same thing with the previous MacBook and never got sued, so I doubt it.

    Wouldn't a machine like this be in violation of Apple's licence requirments for OS X - that OS X is licenced to run on Apple hardware?
    This isn't standard Apple hardware in a number of areas. Does "modified" Apple hardware fall through the licencing cracks, or is this likely to be another Pystar?

      There's an interesting write up over at Ars with Modbook's CEO where he addresses these concerns directly... In brief:

      "As soon as the ModBook came out, Apple came to us and asked us to become a proprietary solution provider," he said. "That didn't end up working out, but we were moved to a developer contract. We are now an Apple 'developer' and we have a great working relationship."

    I think I'd prefer a Samsung Series 7 Slate, which also has a Wacom pen. Or maybe I'd just wait for the Surface Pro with its magnetic stylus. That way I'd be able to use the creative software I want, not have to pick from the over-priced, underperforming krap that's available for OS X.

      Since when has creative software on OSX been over-priced and under performing. Work in design studio with mixed OS's. OSX software is the same price as the PC software and performance is about the same. You obviously just have a personal hatred for Apple.

        He IS quite biased, but he has a point when it comes to the newer slate tablet- you'll be getting full computing power (on the x86 version) with an OS designed for a tablet which is not the case here: great hardware, without real tablet functionality- basically exactly like all the old Windows tablets that never sold well because of the price.

          Understand about the full computer power tablet. But to say creative software on OSX is overpriced and under performing is not correct. I am a PC user, but being devils avocado here. Before the Surface Pro PC user were calling the MacBook Air and under performing good for nothing computer. Yet I don't see how the Surface Pro will be any different as it will essentially be a ultra book with a touchscreen instead of a full sized physical keyboard. If you don't like using OSX, just like I don't, fine, but not make stuff up. At one stage Apple was more expensive for everything, but times have change.

            I agree that the stuff about the software was rather silly. As for how the Air compares to the Surface, I couldn't say. Couldn't even guess. I could only speculate that the Air would be better since it's already been out a couple of years so the bugs have had a chance to be worked out.

    'devils avocado' hehe

    Shut up and take my money!

    i need that wallaper. anyone know where?

    i need that wallpaper. anyone know where?

      Seriously? That purple stuff is the worst thing about Mac ads. But if your hear is really set on it, just get any decent pic of some clouds from Google image search and add some purple filters using this:

        ah yea im a pretty decent photographer and i know how to Photoshop images.
        i just liked that one.

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