The ModBook, the third-party MacBook tablet, may finally see the light of day a year after it was introduced at MacWorld 2007. I’d written off the Mac OSX Tablet as vaporware after numerous delays and excuses from Axiotron, its designer, and Other World Computing, which is the Modbook’s exclusive retailer.
The ModBook may be a year too late, as many industry experts are speculating that a revamped MacBook will be announced next month at MacWorld 2008.
Other World Computing emailed customers the below message, promising January 2008 deliveries on a first-ordered, first-shipped basis.
Thank you for your patience regarding your order for the Modbook OS X
Tablet Solution. This e-mail is to inform you that the product is nearly
ready to ship and that new configuration options are now available. As
of the latest available information from Axiotron, we anticipate being
able to ship your Custom configured Modbook solution on or before
January 11th, 2008. On a first in, first out basis – Modbooks are
expected to begin shipping on or before January 8th, 2007.
As is our standard policy, we do not charge your credit card for an
order prior to it shipping. While your credit card will be authorized
when it goes into build, no charge will occur until the day it is shipped.
Before we can queue up your custom Modbook solution, you will need to
select from our new and updated offerings. To do so, please login with
your account information and order number at the following URL:
You may also use the above information to officially cancel your order
if that is your preference at this time.
Your order qualifies for the special ‘early bird’ discount. You will
receive an $80 discount your ModBook system(s). You need only select your
final system configuration and your order will be updated to reflect this
discount of $80 per Modbook in your basket.
In relationship to the system you previously selected, the following
changes have occurred:
**WAAS Enabled GPS (formally a $99 option) now STANDARD Built-In!**
Apple OS 10.5.x Leopard Included & Preinstalled (was 10.4 ‘Tiger’)
Memory options available up to 4.0GB (was 3.0GB)
Internal Hard Drive options available up to 570GB (was 500GB)
Standard Intel GMA X3100 Accelerated Video (was GMA 950 Video)
New top-end processor speed of 2.2GHz (was 2.16GHz)
Apple iLife ’08 Included and Preinstalled (was iLife ’07)
Although we cannot turn back the clock, the current system features and
options updates, as well as new lower pricing for various available
options, is reflective of updates possible as a result of this time. We
apologize for the delay and appreciate your understanding.
The Other World Computing Team
via JK on the Run