Cupertino, CA (APE) – Not to be outdone, Apple CEO Steven Jobs today unveiled the new apple ctBook computer, or coffee table book computer. Apple’s announcement comes on the heels of Microsoft’s rollout of its new coffee table PC yesterday. Jobs called the new ctBook a triumph in technology designed to enhance and extend the utility of the new Microsoft surface technology and possibly surpass it.
The ctBook is a revamping of one of Apple’s most popular platforms, the iBook. In a nod to Microsoft’s vision of the future, gone is the keyboard interface, which has been replaced with a second touch sensitive screen. With a tap of the finger, users are able to pull up a touch sensitive keyboard if needed.
In an industrial coup, the ctBook as released is fully interfaceable with Microsoft’s surface technology, being able to communicate with the table itself as well as cameras, cell phones, and other devices placed on the coffee table PC. Apple is betting that the mobile platform will be more desirable for the consumer.
Apple also announced that it had secured exclusive deals with online booksellers Barnes & Noble and Amazon for distribution of their most popular coffee table books. Users would simply and instantaneously download their favorite coffee table book content onto the ctBook using Microsoft’s coffee-table PC interface.
The ctBook folds completely flat and locks in a position to allow it to function as a very handy laptop table or tray table, suitable for breakfast in bed or television viewing. The reinforced clear plastic viewing area is scratch, water, and stain resistant. Apple executives bragged that the new polymer technology is so resilient that they will be releasing a kitchen version of the ctBook that will also serve as a cutting board or serving tray.
The price for the new ctBook is expected to be under $2000, and it should be available before the Christmas season and prior to Microsoft’s release of the coffee table PC.