Apple UMPC-like portable device "details" surface

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Seeking Alpha today threw a few more logs onto the "Apple is making a UMPC/MID" fire that was recently rekindled by AppleInsider. Unlike the homemade MacMini Portable from nearly a year ago, the mysterious new device described by Seeking Alpha’s David Sieger is likely still in its hardware design and software infancy, meaning that Macworld attendees shouldn’t sit too close to the edge of their seats when Jobs takes the stage.

When (and if) the product is announced, Sieger thinks it will be flash-based, have a 5.2-inch 800 x 480 landscape-oriented touchscreen flanked by a single button or depression, and rely on its multi-touch technology for data input. The mock-up (above), based on what is currently "known" about the unit, isn’t exactly awe-inspiring or creative, but I suppose a keyboard-less slate can only take on so many forms. What do you think?

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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