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New Pen-Based 'Modbook Pro' Tablet Launching in Early Fall

Five and a half years ago, a company by the name of Axiotron unveiled the Modbook, a MacBook that had been converted into a pen-based tablet by repackaging the internals into a new casing to yield the one-piece tablet form factor. Two years later, Axiotron introduced the Modbook Pro based on a similar concept, but delays in delivering its products ultimately led Axiotron to fade away.

Earlier this year, one of Axiotron's founders returned with a new company carrying the Modbook name, and today the company is announcing the new generation of Modbook Pro products.
Built from a unique enclosure conversion kit, the Modbook Pro incorporates and completely encases the original hardware of a new Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-inch base system. Its Wacom digitizer delivers 512 levels of pen pressure sensitivity — more than any other tablet computer on the market. And its ForceGlass screen provides an etched, paper-emulating drawing surface.

The result is a sleek tablet computer run by a powerful Mac base system, with a highly sensitive pen interface and a natural drawing surface, all fused into one device you can take with you and use anywhere.

The Modbook Pro components connect to the original MacBook Pro through one of its two USB 3.0 ports, with the entire assembly being enclosed in a new casing for an integrated OS X-based tablet solution that also supports Windows 7.

The Modbook Pro is scheduled to launch in "early fall 2012", with pricing and retail partners yet to be announced.

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29 months ago
Is this legal? I thought Mac OS couldn't be licensed.
Rating: 31 Votes
29 months ago
Why not use a MacBook air? Smaller components thinner "mod book"
Rating: 30 Votes
29 months ago

Is this legal? I thought Mac OS couldn't be licensed.


Who said anything about licensing? It IS a 13.3" MBP.
Rating: 26 Votes
29 months ago

Well this is interesting. I wonder how Apple will react to this.


Likely the same as last time.

Not at all.
Rating: 23 Votes
29 months ago

Is this legal? I thought Mac OS couldn't be licensed.


This runs on Mac hardware. They literally take a Macbook Pro and modify it.
Rating: 21 Votes
29 months ago
In before someone says they should do this with the iPad.
Rating: 17 Votes
29 months ago
This is along the lines of what the iPad should be. I don't want a different operating system. I want a MacOSX/Classic/Rosetta/iOS all in one in the iPad tablet form factor with both finger and pressure sensitive pen.

Apple's really missing out on this one. The iPad is a natural for working with Photoshop and Illustrator. Not the dumb downed crippled versions of drawing software they have for the iPad but the real thing.
Rating: 15 Votes
29 months ago
Why did they base it on the Macbook Pro and not the Air? It would have been great, especially on the 11" version.
Rating: 12 Votes
29 months ago

This is along the lines of what the iPad should be. I don't want a different operating system. I want a MacOSX/Classic/Rosetta/iOS all in one in the iPad tablet form factor with both finger and pressure sensitive pen.

Apple's really missing out on this one. The iPad is a natural for working with Photoshop and Illustrator. Not the dumb downed crippled versions of drawing software they have for the iPad but the real thing.


No, the iPad absolutely should not be this. Its success proves that iOS was the way to go. This is a niche product, and I hope it does well. But this is not a core business Apple wants to be involved in.

Maybe someday Apple will create an optional way to make an ARM-only OS X run on an iPad. But you'll never see a TV commercial for it.
Rating: 10 Votes
29 months ago

Is this legal? I thought Mac OS couldn't be licensed.


This is simply a repackaging of an actual Macbook, so I presume it's perfectly legal. Once you buy original hardware, you can do any mod you want including selling it.
Rating: 9 Votes

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