The Modbook Pro tablet runs on Mac OS X Mountain Lion
By Nick Moore
July 3, 2012
The Modbook Pro is not your average tablet - powered by Mac OS X Mountain Lion, and controlled via a Wacom stylus, it is one of the most powerful tablet computers to launch this year. It starts life as an Apple MacBook Pro, which is then transplanted into a tablet casing, and given full stylus support. The end result is a high performance tablet featuring the flexibility and precision of stylus-based control.
The Modbook Pro is a followup of sorts to the original Modbook, which launched in 2008, well before the original iPad. Today, the Modbook Pro faces stiff competition from official Apple products, as well as an army of Android and Windows-based tablets. However, much like the Mac Pro desktop, the Modbook Pro will find its home in the hands of creative professionals who rely on Mac OS X, and prefer pen-based input.
The screen is the most important component of any tablet, and the Modbook Pro features some impressive touch hardware. The display comes from Apple's 13.3 inch (33.7 cm) MacBook Pro, and features wide viewing angles and a resolution of 1280 x 800. Touch input is handled through Wacom's ForceGlass touch panel, and can recognize 512 degrees of pressure, a necessary component for drawing and pen gesturing.
The Modbook Pro performs much like the MacBook it spawned from - processing speeds range from 2.5 to 2.7GHz, RAM ranges from 8 to 16 GB of DDR3, and 1TB of hard disk storage round out an incredibly powerful package. Additionally, the Modbook Pro features all the connections you'd expect from a Mac OS X device, such as Ethernet, USB 3.0, and Thunderbolt. Modbook Inc has also advertised Windows 7 support, though this is done entirely through Apple's Boot Camp program, and is not pre-installed on the machine.
The Modbook Pro is set to launch in the second half of 2012.