An Apple PDA?

In addition to MP3s, the iPod can store your calendar and address book, imported from iCal and Apple Address Book respectively, and a collection of text files, making it kind of a mini-organizer as well as a music player. I know conventional wisdom says Apple will never make another PDA, but they are kind of leaning in that direction with these kinds of extras on the iPod.

Some people are talking about an Apple tablet PC, which makes no sense to me at all. The Windows tablets currently on the market aren’t selling, so why would an Apple? People obviously don’t want them, no matter how much interest Microsoft tries to drum up. Sure, graphic designers already use Wacom tablets, but those are input devices, not portable computers. Apples and oranges (no pun intended, of course).

A PDA, on the other hand, would be perfect. There’s already a big market of PDA users, plus all the people who don’t currently use them but would buy one if Apple made it (tablets, unlike PDAs, are too expensive to be successful as impulse buys). I’d probably buy one, even though I barely use the old Handspring I’ve got now.

They’re in a great position to make one too, all they need is a scaled-down version of OS X, similar to Windows CE or XP Embedded or whatever it is. I’d be surprised if they didn’t already have one somewhere for experimental purposes. They’d do the hardware right by including Bluetooth and 802.11g built-in. Add OS X Embedded versions of Apple Mail, Address Book, iCal, iPhoto, Safari, Inkwell, etc, and you’ve got a real Palm killer.