Modbook Pro Brings OS X To The Tablet, Pre-Orders Start October 3

Modbook Pro Brings OS X To The Tablet, Pre-Orders Start October 3

The closest you’ll get to an iPad running OS X.

Have you ever looked at your iPad and wished it ran OS X, Apple’s desktop operating system? I have — like when I attempted to use WordPress in mobile Safari. But a Mac-powered tablet is no longer just a dream, thanks to the Modbook Pro. The Modbook Pro comes with all the benefits you get with an iPad, such as a touchscreen and excellent portability, but it runs Mountain Lion. And you can pre-order yours from October 3.

We initially covered the Modbook Pro back in June, when it was first announced. But there have been a few changes to its internals since then.

The 13.3-inch slate is packing all the original hardware from a new MacBook Pro. Basically, the guys behind it tear apart one of Apple’s notebooks, steal its components, and then pack them into a Modbook Pro shell.

That means you can choose between a 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 processor, or a 2.9GHz Intel Core i7 processor, which will be accompanied by up to 2GB of RAM, 64GB of SSD storage (configurable up to 480GB), and an Intel HD Graphics 4000 chipset. It even features a SuperDrive DVD burner, and uses a 60-watt MagSafe power adapter.

Because it’s running OS X, you won’t want to use your fingers to control it all the time. When you need something more precise, you can use the Modbook Pro’s built-in stylus, which uses a “state-of-the-art pen tablet digitizer” from Wacom.

The Modbook Pro looks good, too. Admittedly it’s not quite as pretty as the iPad, but it’s a darn sight sexier than a lot of tablets on today’s market.

If you want to get your hands on one, check out ModbookPro.com on October 3 when pre-orders for the slate go live.

  • theonlycog
  • iMaria

    Lawyers are on the way

  • Matteo Risoldi

    “Because it’s running OS X, you won’t want to use your fingers to control it all the time.”

    Actually, correct me if I’m wrong but you won’t be able to use your fingers at _any_ time — it is only stylus based. Which is not bad, I’ve been using OS X with an external Wacom tablet for years now, and I’m not sure I would give that up for finger input.

  • jdr0dn3y

    This would be very cool, if it is ever actually released. This company, formerly known as Axiotron, announced a Modbook Pro back in 09, based on the Macbook Pro. Hopefully its true, but at the moment, I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • grouver

    Lawyers are on the way

    Actually they are NOT because the computer WAS made by Apple and modbook buys them directly from Apple with the Apple warrantly being void due to the modifications and all support is by Modbook. You ARE allowed to do whatever you please with ANY product that you legaly purchase so there is nothing the Apple can do to Modbook even if one day Apple lost all their marbles and decided to go after Modbook.

    So … go away troll!

  • volodoscope

    Apple will not allow this.

  • churchyfur

    I give them about as long as Psystar (remember them?) had. Maybe less. It’s called violating the EULA. Nothing to do with voiding the warranty.

  • Shaun Green

    I give them about as long as Psystar (remember them?) had. Maybe less. It’s called violating the EULA. Nothing to do with voiding the warranty.

    These guys have been doing this for a while now – with Apple’s approval and blessing. If Apple wanted to stop them they would have done so before. Clearly OSX is never going to make it to a tablet so while the iPad maxes out at 9.7″ they probably think what’s the harm. It still another MBP sale for Apple.

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