Seagate to unveil 'perfect iPad companion'
Takes the tablets
Seagate says it's going to announce a "perfect companion" for iPads and other tablets later this month.
We're told it's a first-of-a-kind product, and we're avidly trying to work out what it is.
Being Seagate, this thing must have a hard disk drive in it. The company already has iPad involvement with its TV Remote app. This lets an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch be used to control a GoFlex TV or FreeAgent Theater media player over a WiFi link, with the interface resembling the media player's infrared remote controls.
So let's envisage a Seagate app on an iPad or tablet that presents a GoFlex external drive resource. What could it do? We're assuming GoFlex branding by the way but that's a minor thing.
First off is to provide the ability to play files on the GoFlex on the iPad/tablet. We can't see the app providing file drag-and-drop transfer from iPad/tablet to GoFlex because you don't have a file/folder view of resources on the iPad. Instead you have app resource views; the videos or music you can play; that sort of thing.
In some sense the app could present videos or music the iPad could play. It would be an app (file) resource store for iPad and other tablet apps.
The link between iPad and GoFlex could be WiFi or it could be via cable.
A second thing it could do would be to backup iPad contents, although Seagate would have to liaise with Apple and not infringe on Apple's synching facilities between Mac hosts and the iPad. Things could be/would be different in the Android tablet world.
That's our take; firstly, a tablet app resource store expanding the iPad/tablet's effective content storage beyond the in-built flash and, secondly, a potential tablet data protection device which, in the case of the iPad, does not infringe on Apple's existing iTune-delivered synch facilities.
Later this month, we'll find out if we're on the ball or off the wall. ®
I think we can rule out convenient external storage as Apple will simply kill it off as nobody would ever bother buying anything above and beyond the base model.
I want a battery-powered, blue-tooth enabled, external drive. I wanna leave it in my backpack or pocket and massively expand the storage on my portable. They've put every other friggin' connector and widget on the GoFlex... why not bluetooth?
Perfect ipad companion?
How will Seagate keep Apple happy?
Apple can always change their T&C to outlaw the use of external storage systems not to their liking. Apple has an interest in reserving any innovation to itself, unless it's getting a cut and fosters dependency on Apple.
Apple would like customers' data exclusively in their cloud. Maybe this will be a means of uploading large quantities of data to the cloud.
Its a docking station, with USB ports, harddrive.
Attached to one long edge of the slab so the screen hinges up to expose a keyboard.
This will also act as a screen protector when mobile.
Anybody know the way to the patent office?